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Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Robin Soans Sound Designer: Dyfan Jones Director: Max Stafford Clark Movement Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Rich Jevons An ensemble cast of six take on a multiplicity of characters, related by the fact they all at some point play ‘Alfie’, the nickname of Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas. There are two strands to the narrative, linked by the town of ...

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A View from the Bridge – Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Arthur Miller’s private life achieved notoriety with his famous marriage to Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe in 1956. Around the same time, he wrote A View From The Bridge, which was influenced by his impoverished adolescence in the 1930’s Depression. It is widely considered a 20th century classic tragic drama. It is ...

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Dance ‘Til Dawn – The Grand, Leeds

Book: Ed Curtis Director: Karen Bruce Music &Orchestrator: Chris Egan Reviewer: Rich Jevons The show is introduced by Terry Kempner as Private Investigator Tommy Dubrowski who serves as narrator and comic relief throughout this scintillating show. He has in his possession compromising pictures of film star Bobby Burns, causing the lovely Lana Clemenza to become “not happy” and uses her ...

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La Traviata – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Alexandre Dumas the Younger Music: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Franceso Maria Piave Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Vasyl Vasylenko Reviewer: Nicola Harrison   ‘Sempre libera degg´io folleggiare di gioia in gioia, O´che scorra il viver mio pei sentieri del piacer. Nasca il giorno, o il giorno muoia, sempre lieta ne´ ritrovi, A diletti sempre nuovi dee volare il mio pensier.’ ‘Free ...

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The Red Chair – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer and performed by: Sarah Cameron Music: Paul Clark Director: Suzy Wilson Reviewer: Gemma Hirst The Red Chair is a self adapted performance by Sarah Cameron that tells a story of a man, a woman and a little girl named inveesable who are bound together in the glum north of the world. The Red Chair is a ghostly story with ...

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Mermaid – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Polly Teale Director: Polly Teale Choreographer: Liz Ranken Reviewer: Holly Spanner Long before the 1989 Disney adaptation, Danish author Hans Christian Anderson had a much darker idea for his original version of The Little Mermaid. Fantastical and morbid, the youngest sister yearns for life above the safety of her father’s ocean realm, and makes a terrible bargain with a ...

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Mercury – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Reviewer – Louise Sharp Since forming in 1998, Queen Tribute band Mercury have played at theatres, festivals and high profile shows across the UK and Europe, and the current tour proves why they are still at the top of their game. An authentic and realistic tribute to Freddie, has seen Joseph Lee Jackson collect a number of awards for his ...

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Little Terrors – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer, Director &Choreographer: Madeline Shann Music: Rob Hart Reviewer: Beverley Haigh In her debut solo show, Madeline Shann promises to explore our fears and 'look at our unpredictable world through the eyes of someone who is afraid of pretty much everything', a dance lecture using movement and humour to explain 'why life is terrifying'. In reality, she treats us to ...

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