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This Is My Family – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer, Music &Lyrics: Tim Firth Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Fiona Hannon This was a special evening for Sheffield Theatres as they proudly unveiled the results of The Lyceum Theatre’s nine week refurbishment programme. This grand Grade II* listed theatre now twinkling with new lights, new cables, new carpets, new upholstery and 1000 litres of fresh new paint, glowed as a ...

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Clannad – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Ethereal folk group Clannad are celebrating their 40th year in the music industry this year. In those years they've developed quite the impressive CV. Many will know the group best for the music they've produced for TV and film over the years including; the theme from Harry's Game, music for Robin of Sherwood and the song 'I ...

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We’re Not Going Back – Queens Hall, Hexham

Writer: Boff Whalley Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Gemma Hirst The Miners’ strike of the mid-eighties is something that many of us in the north have heard about or experienced, with stories passed to us from our uncles, cousins, grandfathers and fathers. Red Ladder Theatre Company provides a new perspective in their musical comedy We’re Not Going Back, as told through ...

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Shakespeare’s Deadly Sins – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptation: Conor McKee Music: Carol Donaldson Director: Wyllie Longmore Reviewer: Holly Spanner The Seven Deadly Sins are a set of basic human vices which have been used since early Christian times to educate and reflect upon man’s tendency to sin. They areSloth, Lechery, Envy, Greed, Pride, Wrath &Gluttony. 2014 marks what would be the bards 450th birthday, ...

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Conscientious – Hull Truck Studio, Hull

Writer: Adam Z. Robinson Director: Pillbox Theatre Reviewer: Ciara Ruane Conscientious is a one woman show performed by Rachel Ashwanden, whereby a young woman sets out to write the story of her Grandfather, a WWI conscientious objector. As her family history and her current situation tangle the question is asked; what makes a hero and what makes a coward? The ...

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Ensemble 360 – Cast, Doncaster

Reviewer: Andrew White An evening of chamber music in Doncaster is still a relative novelty, but the team at Music in the Round are working to make it a regular fixture in the cultural life of this town – and they've found a natural home in the Second Space at Cast. Music in the Round are the largest promoters of ...

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Ballad of the Burning Star – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Nir Paldi Directors: Nir Paldi &George Mann Music: Adam Pleeth Reviewer: Sue Collier Having had the unfortunate experience of being evacuated from a London theatre as a result of a bomb warning, the opening sequence of Ballad of the Burning Star produces quite a significant effect on one’s feeling of personal safety. Nevertheless, by opening the show with a ...

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The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Stella Grundy Director: Iain Bloomfield Reviewer: Rich Jevons Stella Grundy brings an outstanding one-woman performance to the Carriageworks with a play on the life and times of her tragi-comic heroine Tracey Star. On the bus on the way home from the theatre I spied a poster advertising Stella Artois: the Final Cut with a knife scraping the top of ...

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