Wakefield Civic Society film show to capture 1960s vibe

SCREENING: 1960s films will be shown in Wakefield next week, like Here We Go Round The Mulbery Bush. PIC: Park Circus Ltd
SCREENING: 1960s films will be shown in Wakefield next week, like Here We Go Round The Mulbery Bush. PIC: Park Circus Ltd
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The swinging sixties will be brought back to life at an immersive cinema experience.

Wakefield Civic Society has teamed up University College London (UCL) to show some films from the era on Wednesday, July 19.

The screenings at Theatre Royal Wakefield will also give an insight into what going to the flicks was like back then. Actors from UCL’s acclaimed Drama Society will be play the parts of cinema staff, including usherettes.

The main feature will be a screening of ‘Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush’, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. It was filmed in 1967 while the Summer of Love was taking place in San Francisco. The coming-of-age film tells the story of a young British teenager, played by Barry Evans, who is trying to succeed with girls. The event forms part of UCL project ‘Remembering 1960s British Cinema-going’, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Wakefield Civic Society president Kevin Trickett said: “They say that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren’t really there. Well, whether you are old enough to remember the 60s or not, I urge people to come along and to find out something about what a trip to the cinema 50 years ago was like. This will be an enjoyable evening and there will be a chance to talk to the students from UCL after the screening about your experiences of going to the cinema.”

Wakefield-born UCL film professor, Melvyn Stokes said: “This should be an imaginative, fun evening both for people who remember the experience of 60s cinema-going or would like to see what it was like.”

Tickets cost £6 and £4 for concessions. The event starts at 7.30pm and the main feature is a 15 certificate.

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