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All or Nothing: The Mod Musical – CAST, Doncaster

All or nothing, The Mod Musical at CAST in Doncaster

Writer and Producer: Carol Harrison Director: Tony McHale Musical Supervisor: Pat Davey Choreographer: Cameron Hall Reviewer: Laura Hibbert Over 50 years on from the start of the Mod scene, All Or Nothing - The Mod Musical celebrates the unique sound of the iconic Mod band, The Small Faces. The bittersweet tale follows the rise and fall of band members Kenney Jones, Ian ...

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Iyalode of Eti – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Iyalode of Eti at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

Writer: Debo Oluwatuminu Director: Moji Kareem Designer: Emma Williams Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leeds-based theatre company Utopia Theatre specialises in the re-imagining of classic texts and The Duchess of Malfi transposes rather well to the African tribal world of Debo Oluwatuminu’s Iyalode of Eti. The obsessive sense of family, the wilful use of torture, the bleakly cruel humour, work as well ...

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Fantastic Dreams and Visions – Huddersfield Town Hall

Pavel Kolesnikov at the Piano

Orchestra: The Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Aleksandar Markovic Soloist: Pavel Kolesnikov (piano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson Kirklees Council’s bold and far-sighted decision to continue its concert season despite financial cutbacks was rewarded with a well-filled Huddersfield Town Hall for the opening concert of the 2016-2017 season. And, the Orchestra of Opera North, under new Music Director Aleksandar Markovic, drew a ...

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This Might Hurt – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Photo Credit Amy Charles Media

Writer: John Godber Director: John Godber Designer: Foxton Reviewer: Ron Simpson In a programme interview John Godber refers to Alan Ayckbourn saying that, just when you think, “That’s it, I’ve written enough”, another idea comes into your head. To maintain inspiration Godber has often mined his own family experience, next January’s production of The Empty Nesters’ Club a case in ...

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Northern Broadsides: When We Are Married – York Theatre Royal

Northern Broadsides

Writer: J.B. Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Jessica Worrall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nearly a quarter of a century ago Northern Broadsides was founded on the premise of doing classical theatre, mostly, but not solely, Shakespeare, with a Northern voice and taking it to non-theatrical venues. The company is still doing that, but the scope has steadily enlarged to take in ...

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Woman in Mind – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Paul Chamberlain Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Ruth Jepson “Nothing is what he is, no one is who he seems…” In the second of two alternating Ayckbourn productions, is the tale of Susan – the titular Woman in Mind – and her two families, one real, one a fantastical hallucination. Following an unfortunateincident with a garden rake, ...

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Invisible Friends – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Ruth Jepson You mustn’t talk like that about invisible people. You mustn’t wish ‘em dead! What would you do if your invisible friend not only became suddenly visiblebut also offered to take you away from your boring, grumpy, cares-about-anything-but-you family? Would you stay, or would you wish that your parents and brother would ...

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Henceforward… – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Set Designer: Roger Glossop Costume Designer: Rebecca Cartwright Reviewer: Ron Simpson Henceforward... has almost too many ideas for its own good – and they fit together somewhat uneasily at times. On its West End transfer in 1987, it won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award. Yet, earlier in the year Alan Ayckbourn had planned ...

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