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Skip Rap – Carriageworks, Leeds

Writer & Lyrics: Alan 'Cool' Clay Music: Andy Brooks aka Testament Director: Iain Bloomfield Reviewer: Rich Jevons Skip Rap is the debut solo show for Alan 'Cool' Clay, following some 20 years touring nationally and internationally with Mind the Gap, the leading UK company for artists with learning disabilities. The title of the production refers to on stage junk from ...

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The Damnation of Faust – Leeds Town Hall

Composer: Hector Berlioz Conductor: Simon Wright Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North is reputed for their variety of operas and other works which are hosted season after season.  Their orchestra and choirs, however, are a success in their own right and are regular features in the Leeds International Concert Seasons.  On this occasion Orchestra of Opera North plays Hector Berlioz’s The ...

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Offside – Theatre Royal, York

Writers: Sabrina Mahfouz/Hollie McNish Director/Originator: Caroline Bryant Designer: Beth Oppenheim Reviewer: Ron Simpson One of the iconic photographs in the history of women’s football is of Dick Kerr’s Ladies in their distinctive woolly hats standing in a goalmouth, each woman’s right hand on the shoulder in front of her. It’s a business-like, but oddly touching image. Dick Kerr was a ...

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The Be All and End All – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Jonathan Lewis Director: Damian Cruden Designer: Natasha Bertram Reviewer: Ron Simpson Actor/writer Jonathan Lewis’ new play, premiering at York’s Theatre Royal, takes a well-informed and shrewdly aimed shot at the dangerous absurdity of the present education system, especially in terms of tests and examinations. In schools where, in Ofsted terms, “good” is the new average and “satisfactory” has done ...

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Playing the Joker – The Grove Hall, South Kirkby

Writer: Anthony Clavane Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Ron Simpson When Playing the Joker was first performed at Headingley Rugby League ground in 2014, my review stated, “It needs more” – more time, research, depth of characterisation, etc. It still needs more in this new production which has added nothing. However, this Red Ladder production has much value in the way ...

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The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas – Lyceum, Sheffield

Devised, directed and choreographed by: Mitch Sebastian Musical Supervisor: Matthew Freeman Reviewer: Sheila Stratford The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas takes a step back in time to the luxury Sands Hotel with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin who are there to entertain you with a night of musical enjoyment. The legendary threesome performs a medley of ...

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The Game of Love and Chai – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Nigel Planer Director: Jatinder Verma Designer: Claudia Mayer Reviewer: Ron Simpson Tara Arts’ production of The Game of Love and Chai, completing a UK tour with a week at West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Courtyard Theatre, brings a great deal of intelligence, imagination and skill to bear on modernising and re-locating Pierre de Marivaux’s 1730 comedy, The Game of Love and ...

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The Last Ship – The Grand. Leeds

Writer: Lorne Campbell Music and Lyrics: Sting Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Sue Collier Sting’s musical The Last Ship is his personal account of the decline of the North East of England Shipping Industry. It depicts the long-term community effect of the 1970s Conservative party’s industrial strategies. The show first premiered in Chicago in 2014, earned two Tony Award Nominations but ...

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