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A Murder is Announced – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Agatha Christie Adaptor: Leslie Darbon Director/Designer: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Ron Simpson The problems with Agatha Christie plays are mainly a matter of balancing plot and people and presenting an archaic Englishness without too much stuffiness or implied chauvinism. Christie herself could do this with a suitably light touch between the dramatic revelations, but in Middle Ground Theatre’s production Leslie ...

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Rattle Snake – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Catrina McHugh Director: Charlotte Bennett Set Designer: Anna Reid Reviewer: Ron Simpson Rattle Snake succeeds admirably in its intention of revealing the truth about coercive control in domestic abuse, though at less than an hour it is an undeveloped, if highly involving, piece of theatre. Open Clasp’s production began life at Newcastle’s Live Theatre, but it is based on a ...

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Medusa – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Producers: Chloë Whitehead and Alexander Palmer with Proper Job Theatre Company Artistic Director: James Heals Writer: Helen Mort Reviewer: Ruth Jepson In the light of the Harvey Weinstein revelations this month, Proper Job Theatre Company's production of Medusa is a timely contribution to the #metoo conversation. With a mix of monologue, duologue, live music, and singing, five actors tell a ...

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Marc Almond: Shadows & Reflections – Town Hall, Leeds

Reviewer: Rich Jevons Some two years on since Marc Almond came to Leeds Town Hall to celebrate the release of The Velvet Trail which was followed by a recital of torch songs with the pop orchestra of Leeds College of Music, we are now treated to Almond alongside a vocal chorus, strings and brass section with the Musical Director at ...

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Kiss Me – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Matt Aston Set Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson Richard Bean’s last play to be seen on Humberside was the rowdy and exuberantly comic The Hypocrite which helped Hull Truck celebrate the City of Culture. It is a great achievement for East Riding Theatre to be able to present his 2016 play, Kiss Me, which was ...

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The Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Marina Lewycka Adaptor: Tanika Gupta Director: Mark Babych Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson The world premiere of Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Marina Lewycka’s novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, has much to recommend it. Even before the start, Patrick Connellan’s set whets the appetite for the play to come, with The Heron’s large open stage filled ...

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Ugly Duckling – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Emma Reeves Director: Wendy Harris Designer: Catherine Chapman Composer: Tayo Akinbode Movement: Holly Irving Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ten minutes before the start a young man in nondescript grey sits strumming his ukulele while the birds sing and a more colourful chap buzzes a dragonfly around the trees and plants of the attractively improvised-looking set. After a while the first ...

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