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03/10/2019
COLIN INTERVIEWING AT ILKLEY AND HARROGATE LITERATURE FESTIVALS

Colin will be involved in both the Ilkley and Harrogate Literature Festivals this month (October 2019). 

At Ilkley he'll be interviewing leading archaeology journalist, Mike Pitts, about the latest developments in archaeology; he'll be talking to David Barrie about his book on navigation; and to space and science writer, Oliver Morton whose book about the Moon coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo landings.
http://www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/

His Harrogate events include interviews with Peter Hannington, Damien Lewis, Lauren Booth and Onyeka Nubla.
https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/raworths-literature-festival/

20/06/2019
COLIN CHAIRING EVENTS AT THIS YEAR'S BRADFORD LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Colin will be chairing events at this year's Bradford Literature Festival which runs from 28th June to 7th July. On Saturday 29th June at 1100 in an event entitled 'Moonrush' he'll be interviewing authors Oliver Morton and Pippa Goldsmith about space travel past and present to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings this summer. Later that day he'll be talking to Indian author and MP, Shashi Tharoor, about his new book on the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. On Sunday 30th June, Colin is hosting two events, The Politics of Peace, marking the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles at the end of WW1; and Remembering Peterloo, on the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, an event looking at the history of political protest. https://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/
31/05/2019
COLIN SPEAKING AT THREE EVENTS ABOUT 'SECRET WARTIME BRITAIN'

Colin will be speaking about his book 'Secret Wartime Britain' at three events in June. The book tells the stories of countless places across Britain which were secret to a greater or lesser extent during WW2 and examines the roles they played in the war effort. The book also investigates to what extent people kept quiet about these places and how important that was in the overall conduct of the war.

The first talk will be at Fort Nelson near Portsmouth on Wednesday 5 June at 7pm as part of the 'Fort Talks' series and coinciding with the commemorations in Portsmouth that day of the 75th anniversary of D-Day -

https://royalarmouries.org/event/fort-talks-2/

The second event is on Friday 7 June at 530pm at the Battle of Britain Bunker at Uxbridge in West London as part of a weekend of D-Day commemorative events there -

http://battleofbritainbunker.co.uk/whats-on/

The third event is on Sunday 16 June at 230pm at York University as part of the York Festival of Ideas

http://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2019/events/wartime-britain/
08/04/2019
COLIN JOINS YORKSHIRE SPEAKERS DIRECTORY

Colin is now listed on the Yorkshire Speakers Directory and available to give talks and presentations to groups across the region and beyond. Colin is offering lively and thought-provoking presentations illustrated with visuals on four topics - three being the subjects of his three published books - Secret Wartime Britain, Relics of the Reich and A Place in History - and the fourth on his stories and reflections of 25 years working in the BBC. You can book Colin by emailing colin@colinphilpottmedia.co.uk

For more details, go to http://www.yorkshirespeakersdirectory.co.uk  and use the search facility.
20/12/2018
COLIN'S BOOK ON WW2 SECRECY EXTENSIVELY COVERED IN MEDIA

Colin's third book, 'Secret Wartime Britain', published by Pen and Sword in November, has already received extensive media coverage. The book details the stories of over 200 places in Britain, to a greater or lesser extent secret, which played a part in the conduct of the Second World War in Britain. It also examines the extent to which people kept secrets about these places, which include factories, command bunkers, spying and listening bases, interrogation centres, chemical weapon sites and many others. 

Coverage so far includes major articles in the Daily Mail, the Scotsman, the Yorkshire Post as well as a TV interview on London Live. Colin has also been interviewed on more than a dozen BBC loal radio stations across the country as well as featuring in several local papers.

A summary of the media coverage appears at - https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Secret-Wartime-Britain-Hardback/p/15608
12/12/2018
COLIN WORKING AS ADVISOR FOR CANADIAN TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANCY SETTING UP IN UK


Colin has been working since August for Overlap Associates, a training and development consultancy originating in Canada, to help them set up a UK operation. Overlap, founded in 2011 by Lisa Grogan and Brock Hart, specialises in helping community, voluntary and public sector organisations with team building, strategic visioning and problem solving. Overlap has worked with clients in the education, health, cultural and many other sectors. Its biggest client to date is UNICEF. In September 2018, Overlap established a base in Leeds and has already won business with a number of UK clients including Leeds City Council and the Go-Ahead partnership.  There's more about Overlap at www.overlapassociates.com
04/09/2018
COLIN CHAIRING AND INTERVIEWING AT ILKLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Colin will be chairing sessions and interviewing authors at this year's Ilkley Literature Festival which runs from September 28th to October 14th as well as speaking at his own event linked to the publication of a new book.

Colin's event is on Sunday October 14th at 730pm at St.Margaret's Hall and is entitled 'Secret Wartime Britain' - the title of Colin's third book, due to be published in early November. The book examines hidden places in WW2 Britain which contributed to the war effort and investigates whether people kept them secret. Colin will be in conversation with Guardian journalist Ian Cobain who's written extensively on state secrecy in post-war Britain. They'll be comparing and contrasting attitudes to secrecy in the 1940s and the social media age of the 21st century.

Among events which Colin is chairing is a session with Paddy Ashdown on 9th October about his book on opposition to Hitler on Nazi Germany; an event with popular philosopher, Julian Baggini, on 13th October and journey through desert lanscapes with travel writer Will Atkins on 29th September.

Full details of the Festival can be seen at www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk

01/09/2018
COLIN'S NEXT BOOK DUE FOR PUBLICATION IN EARLY NOVEMBER

Colin's next book entitled 'Secret Wartime Britain' will be published by Pen and Sword Books in early November. The book tells the stories�of scores of places all across Britain which were vital to the countrys war effort during WW2. They include factories, command centres, spying and listening bases, broadcasting and propaganda bases, decoy and dummy sites, official retreats and bunkers, art treasure stores, interrogation centres, the places where chemical weapons were researched, made and stored and the locations of early experiments on the atomic bomb.

Many of the locations featured in the book remain relatively unknown to the general public even today and many are not normally publically accessible. They include the replica Cabinet War Rooms built under a residential street in North London, what was Europes biggest single-span factory space created in a few months at the outbreak of war in Yorkshire, and the sinister remains of a chemical weapons factory hidden above and below ground in a Welsh valley.

The book investigates how secret many of these locations really were, reveals how most were not buried underground but hidden in plain sight above ground and examines how secrecy was maintained through a combination of factors including deferential attitudes to authority, legal and moral sanctions and lack of access to means of communications.

The book includes new research in the National Archives and elsewhere about the number of prosecutions brought during the war under the specially-created Defence Regulations designed to protect official information.�Secret Wartime Britain also reveals just how successful Britain was at limiting the damage to vital wartime infrastructure caused by German air raids. Although about a quarter of the 8,030 sites defined as key installations across Britain were hit, damage was mostly superficial, repairs were swift and disruption of wartime industrial production was relatively minimal.



24/05/2018
COLIN CHAIRING AND INTERVIEWING AT BRADFORD LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Colin will once again be chairing and interviewing authors on stage at this year's Bradford Literature Festival which runs from June 29th to July 8th. Colin's events include sessions on the future of publishing, the future of news, living with dementia, Bradford's role in the history of the peace movement and an evening with the author and campaigner, Harry Leslie Smith.  Full details of the Festival are to be found at www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk 
27/11/2017
COLIN APPEARS IN DOCUMENTARY ABOUT  FASCIST ARCHITECTURE

Colin has appeared recently in a documentary 'Witnesses of Stone' made by TRT World about the legacy of fascist architecture and what to do with it. 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCegtlGg2yg


23/11/2017
COLIN UNDERWAY WITH WORK ON HIS THIRD BOOK

Colin is now working on his third book due to be published by Pen and Sword Books in late 2018 or early 2019 about secrecy in Second World War Britain. The book examines secret places in Britain which contributed to the war effort during the Second World War including factories, command centres, interrogation centres, rehearsal sites, communication bases, art treasure stores and several others. The book will look at why places were chosen, what contribution they made and what has happened to the sites since 1945. It will also examine to what extent secrecy was maintained at these places and why people apparently kept quiet about them. Colin's two previous books are 'Relics of the Reich - the Buildings the Nazis left behind' (Pen and Sword, 2016) about how Germany deals with the architectural legacy from the Nazi period and 'A Place in History' (Ammonite Press, 2012) which looked at places in Britain which had been in the news in the 20th century and what has happened to them since.
29/09/2017
COLIN INTERVIEWING AUTHORS AT ILKLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2017

Colin is once again chairing and doing on-stage interviews at this year's Ilkley Literature Festival. Among guests he'll be interviewing or introducing are Judy Murray, Michael Rosen, Fergal Keane, Polly Toynbee, Martin Bell and Evan Davies. In total he'll be involved in ten events at ILF 2017 which is running from September 29th until October 15th. 
19/07/2017
COLIN JOINS TRUSTEE BOARD OF YORKSHIRE CRICKET FOUNDATION

Colin has been appointed as a Trustee of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation - the charitable and community arm of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The Foundation is involved in a range of projects using cricket to promote health and education particularly among young people. It also helps promote cricket in the wider community as well as preserving the heritage of Yorkshire cricket. Colin's main focus will be on providing advice and support on the heritage aspect of the Foundation as well as assisting with PR and media.
07/07/2017
COLIN INTERVIEWED FOR TV DOCUMENTARY SERIES 'NAZI INVASION'

Colin has been interviewed by Like A Shot Entertainment for a documentary series with the working title 'Nazi Invasion' which looks at what might have happened if the Nazis had won WW2. Colin was interviewed mainly about the Nazis' architectural plans for the series which is expected to be broadcast on the 'Yesterday' Channel in late 2017 or early 2018. Colin was chosen by the documentary makers following publication of his book 'Relics of the Reich' which examines how Germany has dealt with the architectural legacy of the Third Reich.
07/06/2017
COLIN CHAIRING AND INTERVIEWING AT BRADFORD LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Colin will be conducting on-stage interviews with leading authors at this year's Bradford Literature Festival which runs from 30th June to July 9th. Among those whom Colin will be speaking to - Harriet Harman, Rachel Reeves and Jenni Murray. The full programme is available at https://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/
02/06/2017
COLIN TO SPEAK AT MAJOR CONFERENCE ON 'DARK TOURISM'

Colin has been asked to deliver one of the keynote opening presentations to an international conference on so-called 'Dark Tourism' in Glasgow in June. The invitation follows the publication of Colin's book 'Relics of the Reich', published by Pen and Sword in 2016, which examines how Germany has dealt with the architectural legacy of the Nazi period. The conference, to be staged at Glasgow Caledonian University from June 28th to July1st, will examine all aspects of 'dark tourism'- the phenomenon of people visiting places where tragedies, wars, terror of various sorts have taken place. 
01/06/2017
COLIN CONTRIBUTING TO TV DOCUMENTARY ON ALBERT SPEER

Colin has recorded a lengthy interview with TV documentary makers WAG TV for a six-part series of programmes they are making about leading Nazis. His contribution was for the programme about Hitler's architect, Albert Speer, following the publication of Colin's book 'Relics of the Reich' about how Germany has handled the architectural legacy of the Third Reich era. He also contributed to the programme about Hermann Goering. The programmes are expected to be aired later in the year or eaarly next year.
01/10/2016
COLIN CHAIRING AND INTERVIEWING AT ILKLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Colin is once again chairing and interviewing at this year's Ilkley Literature Festival from October 1st to 12th. Among authors with whom he'll be speaking are the BBC's John Simpson, leading left-wing commentator, Owen Jones, the Guardian's former Egypt Correspondent, Jack Shenker and Oxford academic Peter Wilson who's written a new history of the Holy Roman Empire.

26/05/2016
COLIN SPEAKING IN BERLIN AND AT LEADING HISTORY FESTIVAL ABOUT NAZI ARCHITECTURE
Colin has been asked to speak in Berlin at the end of June about his book 'Relics of the Reich' which tells the story of what has happened to the buildings left from the Nazi era in Germany. He will take part in a seminar involving leading academics and curators from museums and memorial sites associated with the Nazi period. He will also launch his book to German audiences at an evening reception. Both events will take place on Tuesday June 28th at the Wannsee House - the site in Berlin where the conference took place in 1942 which decided on the Final Solution. The previous day Colin will be speaking about his book at one of the UK's leading history festivals - the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire. This event takes place at 5pm on Monday 27th June. Tickets for this event are available at https://programme.cvhf.org.uk/

04/05/2016
COLIN'S NEW BOOK 'RELICS OF THE REICH' PUBLISHED APRIL 30TH

Colin's latest book, 'Relics of the Reich', was published on April 30th by Pen and Sword. It tells the story of what has happened to the buildings left behind by the Nazis from concentration camps to sports stadia, from war bunkers to holiday camps and many others. The book focuses on about 40 places detailing what has happened to them since 1945 but it also draws together some conclusions about what this tells us about Germany's handling of this difficult legacy.
The book is available via -

http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Relics-of-the-Reich-Hardback/p/11862
14/12/2015
COLIN ADVISING YORKSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET CLUB ON HERITAGE
Colin is just completing consultancy work for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation advising them on the future of the Yorkshire cricket archives, museum and heritage offer. The purpose of the work is to advise the Foundation and the County Club on how to secure the safe future ownership of the Club's archive but also to develop the heritage offer at Headingley and beyond. Options being pursued include developing the current museum, creating a more ambitious events programme and even a new-build museum as a fully-fledged visitor attraction. Colin's report to the Foundation Trustees will be considered at its meeting tomorrow (December 15th).
09/09/2015
FINAL CHANCE TO SEE NEW DRAMA ABOUT YORKSHIRE CRICKET LEGEND

Tickets are being snapped up fast for the final four performances of an innovative new drama already seen to rave reviews by over 600 people about the poignant final game played by a Yorkshire cricketing legend.

AN ORIGINAL AND THOUGHTFUL PRODUCTION.....BRILLIANT....VERY POIGNANTLY ACTED.....WELL PRODUCED AND WRITTEN........INFORMATIVE AND POIGNANT......CLEVERLY CONCEIVED.........THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT.......THOUGHT-PROVOKING...... were among comments received in audience feedback from the first two stages of the tour which concludes in Bradford and Leeds on Sept 23rd and 24th.

The short play called The Last Match� tells the story of the very last game of first-class cricket played before the Second World War when Yorkshire finished their game with Sussex at Hove on Friday 1st September 1939 despite the outbreak of war that day. It turned out to be a remarkable day of cricket with one of the most spectacular bowling displays in cricketing history by Yorkshire great Hedley Verity.

News came through early on that Friday that Germany had invaded Poland. But the teams decided to complete their match despite the news and the cancellation of matches elsewhere in the country.
Against the backdrop of children being evacuated, troops mobilised and Parliament recalled for an evening sitting, the game continued and Verity took an astonishing 7-9 enabling Yorkshire to bowl Sussex out for 33 and score an unlikely victory.

It proved to be Verity's last match as he was subsequently killed in action. The drama aims to capture the surreal atmosphere of the day and to explore how people react at moments of crisis as well as recalling a unique moment in cricket history.

The play has already been performed at Newhaven Fort in Sussex, at the County Ground in Hove, at Headingley on the anniversary of the original match and at Elland Cricket Club. Audience feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and there has been extensive media coverage (see www.thelastmatch.com/media

Tickets are on sale for the remaining performances - two at Bradford Grammar School on September 23rd and two at Headingley Cricket Ground on September 24th (full details below).  Tickets are available at www.thelastmatch.com

 

25/08/2015
SUCCESSFUL SUSSEX LAUNCH FOR THE LAST MATCH CRICKET DRAMA

Extra tickets are being put on sale at Headingley to help meet demand from people wanting to see the new short drama �The Last Match� about Yorkshire cricketing legend Hedley Verity�s amazing performance in the very last game played before World War Two.

The Yorkshire run of the play opens at Headingley next Tuesday (September 1st) on the exact anniversary of the game after a successful run in Sussex which included performances at Hove during Yorkshire�s recent match with Sussex.

England cricketing legend, Geoffrey Boycott, is to attend the 6pm performance of the play next Tuesday after the close of play of Yorkshire�s game with Somerset in the LV-County Championship and will take part in an after-show discussion. There is also a performance during the lunch interval of the game at 1230pm.

�The Last Match� tells the story of the last day of first-class cricket played before World War Two when Yorkshire completed a victory over Sussex at Hove on the day Germany invaded Poland. In the game, on 1st September 1939, Yorkshire and England�s Hedley Verity took 7-9 in what proved to be his last game.

The play received many plaudits from its performances in Sussex. Maxwell Cooter, theatre critic of the Brighton Argus described �The Last Match� as �an interesting story�. poignantly told�. The play was described in audience feedback as �very moving�. and funny�, �a thought provoking tribute to a great cricketer�,  �very compelling�, � full of humour and pathos�  and �successful in capturing an unusual historical moment�.

Boycott, who often describes Verity as one of the most underrated players in cricketing history, contacted the organisers of the play to say he was keen to see the drama about one of his cricketing heroes. Geoffrey said � �Hedley Verity was a great bowler and I�m looking forward to seeing a play about his story, his fantastic final performance and his sad loss in the war.�

Colin Philpott, the co-writer and producer of �The Last Match� said � �We were delighted by the positive reaction to the play in Sussex and we are looking forward to the Yorkshire leg of the tour. We are thrilled that one of Yorkshire and England�s greatest post-war cricketers is going to pay tribute to one of its pre-war stars.�

�The Last Match� is also playing at Elland Cricket Club on Wednesday 2nd September at 430pm and 630pm and at Bradford Grammar School at 415pm and 630pm on Wednesday 23rd September. There will also be two further performances at Headingley (during Yorkshire�s return LV-County Championship match with Sussex) on Thursday 24th September at 1230pm and 6pm.

Full schedule and tickets from www.thelastmatch.com

 

16/07/2015
Local cricketers are being asked to star in a new drama about a Yorkshire cricketing hero.

Local Yorkshire cricketers are being asked to star in a new drama about a Yorkshire cricketing hero.

The drama 'The Last Match' tells the story of the very last day of cricket played before WW2 when Yorkshire and Sussex completed their match despite the German invasion of Poland and the cancellation of other games being played elsewhere .

In the match the Yorkshire and England bowler Hedley Verity took seven wickets for nine runs and Yorkshire bowled Sussex out for 33 to record an unlikely victory in what proved to be Verity's last game.

The drama will be performed at locations in Sussex and Yorkshire, including Bradford, in late August and September but the producers need to film some scenes in advance to be incorporated as film elements in the stage production.

Producer Colin Philpott, who co-wrote the play, said "We need to record some cricket action and we are hoping that real cricketers will volunteer to help us with this so that we can make the action as authentic as possible ' 

The filming will take place at Bradford Park Avenue cricket ground on Thursday 23rd July from 6pm. For reasons of historical accuracy, volunteers need to be men, in their 20s or 30s and white. Modest expenses will be paid. 

Cricketers who're interested are asked to contact Colin Philpott via colin@colinphilpottmedia.co.uk  or on 07791 341074 before this weekend.

More details about the production can be found at www.thelastmatch.com

12/06/2015
COLIN'S DRAMA TO TOUR IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

'The Last Match' - the drama about the very last day of cricket played before the Second World War written by Colin and film director Kit Monkman, is to be performed at venues across Yorkshire and Sussex later this summer. The drama tells the story of how Sussex and Yorkshire carried on playing at Hove on 1st September 1939 despite the German invasion of Poland and despite the cancellation of every other game across the country. The star of the game was the Yorkshire and England cricketing legend, Hedley Verity, who took seven wickets for just nine runs to give Yorkshire an unlikely victory. Verity was subsequently killed in action in the war. The drama captures the poignancy of a day when people enjoyed the last moments of peace before the world was engulfed by war. The drama will be performed at the County Ground at Hove, scene of the original match, during this year's Sussex v. Yorkshire match and also at Yorkshire's home ground of Headingleyon the exact anniversary of the original match. Other venues include Bradford, Elland and Newhaven. More details at www.thelastmatch.com
01/06/2015
COLIN'S NEXT BOOK TO BE FEATURED AT YORK FESTIVAL OF IDEAS

Colin's next book 'Relics of the Reich', to be published in early 2016, will be featured at this year's York Festival of Ideas. The book, being puiblished by Pen and Sword, examines the fate of Nazi buildings left behind after 1945 and tells the story of how Germany has dealt with them. Colin will be giving an illustrated talk on the subject on Saturday 13th June at 230pm at the Ron Cooke Hub at the University of York as part of the York Festival of Ideas. Tickets, which are free, are available on the festival website - http://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2015/talks/relics-of-the-reich/

24/05/2015
TOUR OF COLIN'S DRAMA 'THE LAST MATCH' TO GO AHEAD

'The Last Match' - the short drama co-written by Colin Philpott and Kit Monkman - about the very last day of cricket before World War Two - is to tour venues across Sussex and Yorkshire later this summer. 'The Last Match' tells the story of the Sussex v.Yorkshire game which continued on Friday 1st September 1939 despite the German invasion of Poland that day which effectively began the war. With other county games elsewhere called off when news of the invasion came through, Sussex and Yorklshire played on and a game, which was heading towards a tame draw, was dramatically won by Yorkshire thanks to remarkable bowling figures of 7-9 by Hedley Verity. Verity was subsequently killed in action during the war and the drama captures the poignancy of the day when peace and war were sharply juxtaposed and examines differing attitudes to crisis and duty. The play will be performed in Newhaven (August 20), Hove (August 22), Headingley (September 1 and 24), Elland (September 2) and Bradford (September 23). Tickets will go on sale at the end of June.
27/12/2014
COLIN'S NEXT BOOK DUE OUT IN AUTUMN 2015
Colin has been contracted by Pen and Sword Books to write a new book scheduled for publication in Autumn 2015. Under the working title "Relics of the Reich", it will tell the story of the buildings left behind by Nazi Germany. The book will explore more than thirty locations across Germany and beyond, describing what has happened to them and explaining how Germany has dealt with them. The book will attempt to draw conclusions about what the story of the Nazi architectural remains says about current German atttitudes to the legacy of the Third Reich.
24/09/2014
COLIN ON BBC FIVE LIVE DISCUSSING "THE LAST MATCH"

Colin was invited into BBC Radio Five Live to discuss the drama he co-wrote about the very last day of cricket before World War Two. He appeared during the lunch interval of the first day's play in the game between Lancashire and Middlesex at Old Trafford on September 23rd. The interview can be heard on the BBC I-Player at�http://t.co/CvZ3wlSTBV (2 hours in)
21/08/2014
"THE LAST MATCH" DRAMA PILOT WELL RECEIVED
200 people attended the pilot performances of "The Last Match" - the drama co-written by Colin with Kit Monkman at the Scarborough Cricket Festival last week. The drama is based on the events of the 1st September 1939 and the very last cricket match played before the outbreak of World War Two. Pictures of the drama pilot and a summary of the feedback are available at www.thelastmatch.com
31/07/2014
COLIN'S DRAMA TO BE STAGED IN SCARBOROUGH

An innovative new drama about one of the most remarkable days in the history of cricket on the eve of World War Two is to be performed at a cricket ground as part of the Scarborough Cricket Festival in August.

The Last Match tells the story of the final day of cricket in the 1939 season which carried on despite the German invasion of Poland which triggered the outbreak of war two days later.

The Last Match which will be performed on Thursday 14th August in a marquee on Scarborough Cricket Ground, recalls the moment when the world was on the cusp of peace and war.

The mini-drama, which lasts half an hour, features the dramatic final performance by one of Yorkshire and England's greatest cricketers but is also a story of people hanging on to peace and facing up to war.

Written by author and former BBC executive, Colin Philpott and film director and digital artist, Kit Monkman the drama evokes the surreal atmosphere of the day of the match set in a moment when war and peace were brutally juxtaposed and explores differing attitudes to conflict, suffering, duty and sacrifice .  

The Last Match will be performed three times on the afternoon and evening of Thursday 14th August during the middle of the Scarborough Cricket Festival on the eve of the LV= County Championship game with Sussex who were their opponents in the game in 1939 on which the drama is based.

The drama is a pilot for a longer production which, it is hoped, will tour the country next year. The pilot is being supported by Arts Council England, by Yorkshire County Cricket Club and by Scarborough Cricket Club.

Colin Philpott, who conceived the idea of the drama, said - I have always been fascinated by the idea of a cricket match being played literally under the shadow of war with children being evacuated and troops mobilised. It�s something which feels at the same time futile but also strangely noble. We are delighted to have the chance to bring art and sport together by producing this drama at a cricket ground.

Kit Monkman, who has co-written the drama and who is directing it, said - The story of this cricket match and its hero Hedley Verity is a story which transcends cricket and which speaks to some of the fundamentals about what it means to be human at times of great crisis.

Danny Reuben, PR, Communications and Marketing Manager for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said - We are delighted to support this exciting project which celebrates a truly magnificent Yorkshire cricketer but also commemorates an important moment in British history.

For further details and to arrange media interviews, please contact Colin Philpott on 07791 341074 or at colin@colinphilpottmedia.co.uk

08/07/2014
COLIN TO PRODUCE 50 FILMS FOR BRADFORD UNIV 50TH

Colin has been commissioned by the University of Bradford to produce a series of fifty films featuring the stories of 50 Bradford students and staff who've made significant contributions to society over the University's 50 year history. The films will be used as part of the University's 50th anniversary celebrations planned for 2015 and 2016. Colin has also been asked to produce a commemorative brochure to mark the anniversary. The films will be short illustrated video interviews with a range of people associated with the University since it was opened in 1965.
15/04/2014
COLIN WORKING ON DRAMA ABOUT CRICKET AND WAR
Colin is currently completing writing a multi-media drama about the story of the very last day of first-class cricket in England before World War Two. He is working on the drama with friend and colleague and established film and theatre director Kit Monkman and the project already has the backing of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the Yorkshire Film Archive and others. It is hoped that the drama will be premiered this summer on a cricket pitch.
01/04/2014
COLIN ORGANISES SUCCESSFUL RESTAURANTS EVENT

Colin organised and presented a major event on March 27th designed to attract more restaurants to the city centre of Bradford. The event called "A Taste of Bradford" attracted around 150 people - restaurant operators, property agents and others - who had the chance to find out about the opportunities and incentives now available to people opening restaurants and bars in the city centre growth zone. Colin led the organising committee for the event and also acted as master of ceremonies on the day. The event was part of a longer term campaign led by the lobbying group Bradford Breakthrough in conjunction with Bradford Council as part of its efforts to improve the city centre. Around 20 new restaurants and bars are scheduled to open already in the city centre.
18/09/2013
COLIN CHAIRING AT ILKLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Colin will be chairing sessions and interviewing a range of leading writers at this year's prestigious Ilkley Literature Festival which runs from 4th to 20th October. Events chaired by Colin include appearances by Jeremy Paxman, Matthew d'Ancona, Roy Hattersley, Robin Hanbury-Tenison and Paul Morley.He will also be MC at a special dinner celebrating 40 years of the Aagrah Restaurant Group.
06/08/2013
COLIN PRESENTING MORE RADIO SHOWS FOR  BCB

Colin has been asked to present more programmes on Bradford's BCB Radio. He's co-presenting drivetime, presenting the morning show "About Bradford" as well as standing-in on the weekly "Round Table" reviewing the week's news. From October, he will be presenting a new monthly programme about the NHS in Bradford as part of his role as a lay member on the Governing Body of the NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group.
27/07/2013
COLIN WORKING WITH REAL LIFE PRODUCTIONS 
Colin Philpott Media has been contracted by Leeds-based Real Life Media Productions to edit and develop programme proposals. Colin will be working with them during August developing programme pitches for the forthcoming commissioning round for the One Show on BBC ONE.
24/05/2013
COLIN TO MC WORLD CURRY FESTIVAL
Colin will be master of ceremonies at this year's World Curry Festival taking place in Bradford's award-winning City Park from 21st to 23rd June. The festival programme includes top chefs, live food sessions, pop-up restaurants, food stalls as well as a short story and poetry competition about curry to be judged by Yorkshire's top poet, Ian McMillan. Colin will present the sessions in the Theatre Marquee during the festival. The programme for the festival was outlined at a launch event today (24th May) http://worldcurryfestival.com/
14/05/2013
COLIN CHAIRS ACADEMY OF URBANISM CONGRESS

Colin is chairing a session at this year's Academy of Urbanism Congress being held in Bradford on May 15th, 16th and 17th. The Congress is attended by urban planners, architects and others interested in cities from all over Britain and beyond. Colin will be facilitating the session looking at the creation of producer cities to be held at the National Media Museum on Thursday 16th May. Colin is also hosting a group of media and PR people who'll be visiting Bradford to coincide with the Congress on Wednesday 15th May at the invitation of Bradford Breakthrough. Their visit is part of the "This is Bradford" initiative being run by Bradford Breakthrough where key opinion formers, including media, are invited to the city to try to raise the profile and enhance the reputation of Bradford.
07/05/2013
COLIN PRESENTING RADIO SHOW FOR BRADFORD'S BCB

Colin is to present his first radio show for some years when he hosts "Round Table" on Bradford's BCB106.6 this Friday (10th May) at 12noon. The programme is an hour-long panel discussion about the week's news rom Bradford and beyond. Colin is a frequent contributor to BBC radio stations as a commentator on media issues, as a spokesperson for Bradford and also to discuss heritage issues raised in his book "A Place in History". Colin previously worked for the BBC and used to present on radio and television.
22/02/2013
BRADFORD BREAKTHROUGH TO RUN "THIS IS BRADFORD" 
Bradford Breakthrough has announced a series of "This is Bradford" events starting in April when key national figures will be invited to Bradford to see for themselves the city's many assets. The intention is to change perceptions about the city to help boost tourism and investment. The announcement - timed to coincide with Bradford City's Cup final appearance at Wembley this weekend - was covered extensively on BBC ONE, BBC Radio Leeds, the Yorkshire Post, Sunrise Radio and BCB Radio as well as the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/10244913.District_to_capitalise_on_Capital_One_Cup_success/
18/01/2013
COLIN APPOINTED NON-EXEC WITH FILM COMPANY
Colin has joined the Board of Green Screen Productions - a film production company based near York - as a non-executive director. The company run film studios at Bubwith in East Yorkshire and work closely with the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York.
More details on Green Screen athttp://www.greenscreen.co.uk/
11/01/2013
COLIN'S BOOK FEATURED AT WATERSTONE'S EVENT

Colin's book "A Place in History" will be the subject of an evening event at Waterstone's in Leeds in February. Colin will be in conversation with BBC Look North's Harry Gration on the evening of Thursday 21st February at 715pm for a 730pm start. The book, which was published last October, features the stories of places touched by news events in 20th century Britain.
14/10/2012
COLIN'S BOOK APPEARANCES UNDERWAY

Colin's book "A Place in History" is published by Ammonite towards the end of October. The book is about the stories of places where news happened in twentieth century Britain. Colin has already discussed the book at the Ilkley Literature Festival and he is appearing on a number of radio programmes and in newspaper and web interviews in the coming weeks. Follow me on twitter @colinpmedia for more details of appearances and to find out about the book go to http://www.ammonitepress.com/new-releases.html 
13/08/2012
COLIN'S BOOK AT ILKLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Colin's book "A Place in History" published by Ammonite will be launched at the Ilkley Literature Festival in October. Colin will be in conversation with the Northern Editor of the Guardian, Martin Wainwright, at the Ilkley Playhouse on the evening of Sunday 7th October. The book features the stories of almost a hundred places across Britain which were the scenes of news events during the twentieth century. It tells the stories of the places - what happened, the impact on the place and what's happened there since. More details about the event on
http://www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/whats-on/
29/06/2012
COLIN JOINS BRADFORD COMMUNITY SAFETY BOARD
Colin has joined the Board of Bradford Community Safety Partnership - part of the local strategic partnership for Bradford. He was invited to join the Board to represent the views of Bradford businesses through his role as Chief Executive of Bradford Breakthrough. The Board's mission is to improve the quality of life for Bradford's residents and to make Bradford a safer place. The Board provides strategic direction for a range of crime reduction and community safety projects and initiatives across the Bradford District. He attended his first Board Meeting yesterday (28th June).
01/06/2012
COLIN APPOINTED TO NEW NHS BOARD FOR BRADFORD
Colin has been appointed as a member of the board of the Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - part of the new NHS structure. The CCG is currently operating in shadow form before taking over from primary care trusts next year. Colin's appointment, which starts today (June 1st), will involve representing public and patient interests as well as contributing to the overall governance of the CCG. 
28/05/2012
COLIN DEVELOPING NEW COURSES FOR BRADFORD UNI

Colin Philpott Media have been engaged by the University of Bradford's School of Computing, Infomatics and Media to develop new academic programmes. The project will investigate potential new courses and programmes within the Bradford Media School.
17/05/2012
YFA LAUNCHES PIONEERING MEMORY PROJECT

The Yorkshire Film Archive has launched "Memory Bank" - a pioneering project using archive film to trigger reminiscences for people with memory disorders.

Click Here for Yorkshire Post article

Click Here for BBC article
12/04/2012
COLIN TO LEAD BRADFORD BREAKTHROUGH

Colin has been appointed as the Chief Executive of Bradford Breakthrough - the networking and advocacy group representing Bradford's leading organisations.

Click here Telegraph & Argus article

Click here for Yorkshire Post article


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