Debuting at Hideaway after a successful run in Notting Hill, Daddy Ernie hosts ARISE, featuring guests Don Warrington, Sherry Ann Dixon and Onyeka Nubia, live in conversation on the sofa with you the audience. Plus live showcase artist JJ Soulx backed by resident band D22.
Seating Policy: As this is expected to be a full capacity show, seating will be strictly in tables of four (couples or other booking numbers must expect to share). We do not take table reservations - all tables are allocated as customers arrive, so please be here early for the best available choice of seating. Please email us if you have any queries.
Listings Update: Please note that in a change to our printed programme's listings, EastEnders star Chucky Venn will not be appearing at this event, but we hope to see him join us for a future ARISE show
An entertaining, inspirational and fun evening for everyone filled with....... Aspirations Revelations Inspirations Salutations Elevations
Don Warrington MBE – Actor/Director
Don Warrington was born in Trinidad on 23rd May 1952. His father, Basil Kydd, was a Trinidadian politician who died in 1958 when Don was still a small child. After the death of his father, Warrington’s mother moved with the family - Don and his brother - to the UK because ‘she needed a change.’ Since that first major migration across continents, Warrington has travelled extensively throughout the UK – and the rest of the world. He is now firmly based in London with his wife of over two decades: they have two sons. Warrington remembers his early years in Newcastle-upon-Tyne as a time of ‘enormous adaptability’: he was a child in an alien place. He recalls how that single journey from Trinidad to England moved him – both literally thousands of miles and from being in a majority to being in a minority. Literature and theatre were some of the tools that Warrington used to find his own place of belonging in his new environment. When Warrington identified his desire to be an actor he set about making his dream a reality. The only other career aspiration that Warrington admits having is that of being a train driver – like most other small boys of his age. When he was 17, Warrington obtained a job as an Assistant Stage Manager in the local repertory theatre – the Flora Robson Playhouse, Newcastle. It was from this start that he gained a place at the Drama Centre, London. After three years of study he graduated and began his professional career as an actor. In the early part of his profession Warrington appeared in the stage productions of Hair and The Banana Box. It was in the latter production (by Eric Chappell) that Warrington worked alongside Leonard Rossiter with whom he subsequently appeared in the television sitcom Rising Damp. In this memorable series Warrington played Town and Country Planning student Philip Smith. It is in this role, as Philip Smith, that Warrington is well remembered: for his precise and well enunciated upper-class accent – it was to become his trademark. The new speech patterns were another shift in identity from his Trinidadian roots and his newly acquired Newcastle accent. Warrington’s acting roles have taken him to locations around the world. His first stage role in the controversial production of Hair resulted in a tour through Europe and a recent TV drama series that is set in the Caribbean: Death in Paradise, has taken him back to the geographical area of his birth. Although filmed in Guadaloupe, this crime drama is set in the fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie
Sherry Ann Dixon - Motivational Speaker/Journalist/Mentor
This Guyanese award winning Mentor, Journalist and Keynote Speaker is passionate about empowering people to be confident and to be the best they can be. Sherry is highly respected in her community in Britain and developed a following of dedicated followers from her editorial and radio show interviews with celebrities such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, Iyanla Vanzant, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Pam Grier, Nia Long, Cedella Marley, Whitney Houston, Alice Walker, Terry McMillan, John Holt, Dr. Grace Cornish, Dr. Anita Defoe and many more. Sherry Dixon is a renowned journalist who has edited two magazines – Pride Magazine and SHE Caribbean and has a consultancy, Sherry Dixon Consultancy, a Marketing and PR company and has also launched herself as a Motivational/Life Skills speaker. Sherry has written for many publications including The Guardian, Sunday Observer, The Times, The Voice, Washington Observer and has done numerous television and radio shows for BBC Worldwide helping to dispel the myths surrounding the health and beauty for women of colour.
Onyeka Nubia – Author/Historian/Law Lecturer/Community Worker
Onyeka is a writer, law lecturer and historian. His books document the lives and history of the African experience in Britain. His work explores issues about cultural identity, resistance to oppression and the will to succeed.
Onyeka has written three novels - The Black Prince, Waiting to Explode and The Phoenix, which was awarded the 2009 African Achievers award for Communication and Media. He has also written two plays and his recent book (Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins) is a ground breaking historical publication which highlights the significance of the presence of African people in Tudor England. Besides literature, Onyeka has worked with a variety of educational institutions including the University of London, Brunel, Southbank University, Queen Mary and Westfield, Birkbeck, Westminster, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has been a consultant and conducted project planning for government departments and ministers in the UK and abroad.
Onyeka's greatest work however, continues to be with the most vulnerable members of society and those most at risk of crime and social deprivation. Onyeka has worked tirelessly for more than 25 years, in deprived areas such as Tottenham, Peckham, Deptford, and Brixton, running community education programmes
SHOWCASE ARTIST – JJ Soulx - Singer/Songwriter
JJ Soulx flows soulfully and poetically, with lyrically conscious music and a tone that expresses great passion. JJ Soulx (silent x) is a natural and had been receiving generous airplay on various mainstream stations including BBC Radio London & BBC 1Xtra from an early age. Spending her early years surrounded by the sounds of jazz, soul and gospel, she grasped a great feel for music. JJ has developed a distinct sound with heartfelt music that represents her roots.