SIN Cru BBQ tomorrow

We are all very excited, and probably won’t sleep tonight as tomorrow is the most amazing long-standing SIN Cru BBQ, celebrating all thats good about hip hop, community, and council estates.  The event would not be the same without the support of our totally splendid sponsors.  Massive big up for the fresh product and prizes donations: Enter some of the comps on the day for your chance to win Posca paint marker sets , tickets to Somerset Houses’s Get Up Stand Up Now exhibition featuring art from generations of black creative pioneers, tickets to Pervez’s Lets Jam Vol.4 BBoy event with Maurizio the Italian Stallion, goodies from ethical eco-friendly streetwear label THTC Clothing, and vouchers for the one and only TK Maxx

Its onnnnnnnnnnn

open bboy training TONIGHT

Calling all bgirls and bboys, old and young, new to the game to advanced – tonight is the night for open training, come and have a play on the floor, work on a new combo, see if you’ve still got it, make some new friends, and visit one of our new future projects locations.  Important practise sess for all those coming to the BBQ this Sunday – prizes to be won 😉

6.15pm – 7.30pm| St George’s Church Hall, Chesterfield Road, Cambridge CB4 1LN

£2 per person/ Sinstars and Fly No Filter company freeski

fenland’s finest in rehearsal

This week I have been lucky enough to be a part of the development of Fly No Filter‘s upcoming performance for Hotbed Festival, Fenland’s FinestFenland’s Finest is a deep and humorous storytelling performance piece based on real life events.  I had my first look at the script on Wednesday and was honestly blown away by the intensity of the story and the skill of the writing.  The piece explores topics of identity, personal struggles and misunderstandings, through the eyes of a character named Abel Williams, a dancer and ex-boxer diagnosed with Sickle Cell disease.

Sickle Cell disease is a group of disorders that affects haemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body.  It is a life limiting condition with controversial and inconsistent treatment strategies.  Symptoms include:
• Fatigue and anemia
• Pain crises
• Swelling and inflammation of the hands and/or feet, and arthritis
• Bacterial infections
• Sudden pooling of blood in the spleen and liver congestion
• Lung and heart injury
• Leg ulcers
For families of sufferers, click here for support website, or call:
0808 808 3555

Fenland’s Finest depicts the struggles and emotions of the disease in a heart wrenching and hilarious piece.  The day I spent in the rehearsal studio listening, and watching it really gave me perspective, and touched my heart.

I’ve seen scripts be developed and worked on by actors before, but never quite as quickly and as impressively as this.  We had a full day read through and rehearsal in which I helped to give feedback and direct the performance with Lucy, a director of SIN Cru.  We watched the extremely talented Hakeem Onibudo go all the way from a first reading of a new script to having a full work-in-progress performance.  His ability to establish a character in such a short space of time really was inspiring, and something I hope to be able to channel in my own future drama performances.

Fenland’s Finest is a work-in-progress theatre performance that will be performed as part of the Hotbed Theatre Festival on July 20th at the Cambridge Junction.  I highly recommend coming along (ages 14+) if you’re a lover of drama – and don’t mind strong adult language, or just want to see a great performance.  For more information please click here for my previous blog post.

written by Nelle yr10 work experience student with SIN Cru, and loving it.

hotbed welcomes back fly no filter

Hotbed Theatre Festival is an annual festival featuring new writing and new works from different people and companies from around the country, and around the world. It is supported by Cambridge Junction and is a unique opportunity to see world premieres, hear new plays, share in idea development and participate in countless workshops. This year’s programme includes Fly No Filter’s Only When Its Feathers are Grown and Fenland’s Finest.

I’m Nelle, a year 10 student fortunate enough to be doing work experience with SIN Cru. I will be assisting with the running and rehearsals of both Fly No Filter pieces for Hotbed.  I am personally thrilled to be involved with such incredible talents and excited to see the finished performances. Working behind the scenes on this project is a new experience for me – I can’t wait to develop my skills and learn from the Fly No Filter team.

Only When Its Feathers are Grown is a fascinating, abstract performance installation, showing the complicated intricacies of a fragile relationship between a mother and her adolescent daughter. In collaboration with psychologist Dr Michelle Nyangereka and photographer Mitzi de Margary, the company deliver an astounding original performance that will really make you think about the world around you and the people in it.  The performance piece uses b-boyin, photography and spoken word to bring these complex stories to life in an enchanting and daring production.

SIN Cru also has a second viewing opportunity in the Hotbed Theatre Festival, titled Fenland’s Finest. This is a work-in-progress solo performance exploring identity, how to cope with change, and misunderstandings. It’s a dark yet comedic theatre piece about a man whose life was turned upside down by sickle cell disease. It is a hard hitting performance based on real life events, designed to resonate with, and impact the audience. I have seen this performance develop, watched it grow and improve. From the first read through, I loved the piece and I can’t wait to see it performed at Hotbed.

Hotbed Festival| Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July| Cambridge Junction (suitable for ages 14+)

Only When Its Feathers are Grown
Friday 19th July from 4.00pm – Exhibition only

Saturday 20th July  11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm – Performance installation
£5, £4 cons

Fenland’s Finest
contains very strong language and adult references
Saturday 20th July  3.30pm – w-i-p sharing and Q&A
£4, £3 cons

More information for these events, and the rest of the Hotbed Theatre Festival (including age restrictions, booking information and a programme) can be found on Cambridge Junction website or The Hotbed Festival Website.

I hope you’ll come along to Hotbed Theatre Festival, enjoy the opportunities, watch Only When Its Feathers are Grown, Fenland’s Finest and a whole range of other performances- you’re missing out if you don’t.


youth unity day

Conscious Links Youth Unity Day is a day festival to celebrate organisations who work to bring communities together through the power of music and sport.  As well as football and rugby, the music throughout the day will be off the wall, delivered from a selection of the UK’s finest DJ’s, MC’s, and producers, and joined by live artists.  Comedian MR CEE and his friends will be bringing comedy and spoken word, and graffiti artist Eine will be painting.  Eine is looking forward to talking to young people about his journey through graffiti, and how art can be used to channel positive messages.

Entry to the festival is free, but you must register in advance.

THIS SATURDAY 22nd June, 12.00pm – 8.00pm

Central Park, Rainham Road North, Dagenham, RM10 7EU

triple threat

with Michael Fish bringing us four seasons in one day, and Dominos pizza continuing to smash out the two for one deals, we at SIN Cru HQ thought it was time to dust off our abacus.  To celebrate the final week of math GCSE exams for 2019, we have managed to collectively count to three to present the Summer Term Triple Threat:  three four week courses to satisfy and challenge every member of the family.

FRIDAYS 21st, 28th June, and 5th, 12th July

Hip Hop Tots| 3.15pm – 4.15pm| music, movement, and art for 0-6yr olds| £30

Foundation| 4.30pm – 6.00pm| pure B-Boy technique suitable for 7yr olds to adults| £42

Sweat Fresh| 6.15pm – 7.15pm| retro stand up hip hop dance, fitness, and fun for adults| £35

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Mansel Way, Cambridge CB4 2ET

And if that wasn’t enough excitement, we are also running a competition to find the world’s bestest running man.  To enter, upload a short video of yourself doing the best ORIGINAL running man. Post with most likes wins £10 FullyDipped voucher and all the kudos of being the G.O.A.T 🐐 for a day.  Share to SIN Cru Insta / Facebook by tagging us in your post and use the hashtag #SINCruComp.

To register, or for further info, contact: director@sincru.co.uk

baby plus two/ legs

We are all very excited that Fly No Filter company manager, Dr Lise Smith-Graham-Smith aka Spice, will be returning to the stage for one run only…

A year and a half ago Lise turned her early-parenting blog into a dance theatre piece, Baby Plus Two. We are delighted to shout loud that the updated piece is hitting the Blue Elephant Theatre this week: 29th -31st May, in a double-bill with Julia Masli’s LEGS.
After eighteen months of the beautiful Jodie playing Lise’s onstage avataar, ably channeling all her post-natal woe and joy and anxiety and joy and angst and joy again… Lise has decided to bite the bullet and step up.  This is not only an opportunity to catch Baby Plus Two in its new revised and developed version, it’s also a really quite extremely rare opportunity to see Lise on stage.
BABY PLUS TWO/LEGS at Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell
Wednesday 29 May – Friday 31 May at 8pm
Baby-friendly matinee, Thursday at 2pm (followed by a short workshop for babies and their carers)


The development of Fly No Filter‘s performance installation, Only When Its Feathers are Grown, has been a conscious partnership with the subconscious.  Artistic Director Lucy Crowe spoke to Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Dr Nyangereka in a seminar about creative process and psychology in performance.  The seminar was part of the project’s community engagement programme which ran across two centres – Abington Woods and Cambridge University’s Faculty of English.  If you weren’t able to catch the seminar live at the Judith E. Wilson studio, we have now uploaded it on youtube.  Would be very interested to hear your comments, either on this blog, or on the youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJe5RlmF0rY

sacred dances and ideas

SIN Cru friend, supporter, and all round Superstar, Miss Dam James is walking her truth in organising a Gurdjieff seminar at the end of July.  George Gurdjieff was a mystic, philosopher, spiritual teacher, and composer who drew on Eastern traditions and was responsible for bringing these ideas to the West in the 1920s.  His work trains the development of consciousness through innovative group and individual practise, using music, movement, and writings.  The Sacred Dances and Ideas seminar is a residential retreat, dedicated to the practical application of the teachings of George Gurdjieff and J.G Bennett.

When: 23rd – 28th July

Where: The Wilderness Centre, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire.

With teachers Jose Reyes and Katiuska Ortega from the Dominican Republic, this is shaping up to becoming an international event not to be missed.  The days will be filled with morning meditation, good food, movement workshops, Zikr meditation, and considering ways to lead a more aware and balanced life.

To book, or for further information, please email: missdamjames@gmail.com

dear Fly No Filter/ SIN Cru

I am writing to thank you, and let you know how much the family enjoyed the Only When Its Feathers are Grown free community workshops that were running this Easter break at Abington Woods.

Family budget restrictions meant we had no previous plans for the Easter break so when we saw the free community events posted on Facebook we were so excited.  My son loved the open company class sessions that were held and felt that he learned a lot of new b-boyin skills.

The setting of the various events held at Abington Woods was gorgeous and we enjoyed being active and outdoors in the woods immensely.  Children really enjoyed using the iPad to film the performers in the woods.

Attending the Creative Meditation sessions led by Lucy and Dr Michelle were of such high quality and helped us learn the value of meditation, yoga and being mindful.  My son said he also enjoyed taking part in the sessions too and liked the yoga stretches a lot.

Thank you so much to all the crew and we hope that there may be more opportunities to take part in similar community events at Abington Woods again.

an impartial fan