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Desire Under the Elms – Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Sam Yates Designer: Chiara Stephenson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Desire Under the Elms is a powerful and moving play. The highly acclaimed American playwright Eugene O’Neill wrote this play in 1924. He was strongly influenced by Greek tragedy which impacted on his work. During his lifetime, he won four Pulitzer prizes and the Nobel prize for literature. ...

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Marching on Embers – Seven Arts, Leeds

Writer: Chris O’Connor Director: Ruth Carney Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Buglight Theatre’s thoughtful new production examines how recent political events might re-shape attitudes to the Irish Republican cause. At a time when moderate Republicans savour a period of comparative peace and project a gradual move to a united Ireland, Brexit potentially puts up the barriers again and shows ...

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The Shed Crew – Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds

Writer: Kevin Fegan Book: Bernard Hare Director: Rod Dixon Designer: Ali Allen Reviewer: Ron Simpson Red Ladder’s production of The Shed Crew in the Albion Electric Warehouse is a remarkable evening of what Rod Dixon terms “immersive” theatre. It works brilliantly on its own terms, but a doubt remains as to the clarity of story-telling for those unfamiliar with the ...

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The Weir – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Designer: Madeleine Girling Lighting: Lee Curran Composer/Sound: Richard Hammarton Reviewer: Ron Simpson There’s this Irishman goes into a pub. He can’t find the barman and the draught Guinness is off, so he opens a bottle and goes to put the money in the till, then the barman enters....and, as the evening goes on, two ...

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Of Kith and Kin – Crucible Studio, Sheffield

Writer: Chris Thompson Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Of Kith and Kin is a dark comedy, that as the director Robert Hastie says, "captures a specific moment in the evolution of gay rights". Daniel (James Lance) and Oliver (Joshua Silver) are married and eagerly expecting their first child with their best friend, Priya (Chetna Pandya), acting as a surrogate. ...

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The Kite Runner – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adaptation: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Just before the performance begins, the audience is greeted with percussion sounds of the taba and the atmospheric staging for The Kite Runner.   The play is based on Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel with adaptation from Matthew Spangler.  The Kite Runner had its world premiere in 2009 in the ...

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The Ruck – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Kevin Fegan Director: Joyce Branagh Designer: Olivia de Monceau Music: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson This project began life with Kevin Fegan’s residency with the Batley Bulldogs rugby league team. He decided to focus on the club’s highly successful girls’ under-16 team for his play and even accompanied them on their ground-breaking tour of Australia in 2015. The result ...

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Opera North’s Pagliacci and L’enfant et les sortilèges – The Grand, Leeds

Pagliacci Music and Libretto: Ruggero Leoncavallo Director: Charles Edwards L’enfant et les sortilèges Music: Maurice Ravel Libretto: Colette Director: Annabel Arden Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Both operas are part of The Little Greats festival which is made up of six short operas presented by Opera North this autumn.  This gives an opportunity for those new to opera as well as seasoned ...

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