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Afterplay – The Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Roisin McBrinn Music: Richard Taylor Designer: Paul Wills Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Previous seasons at Sheffield Theatres have celebrated the work of Michael Frayn and Sir David Hare, this year it is the turn of Brian Friel. Three of his plays are being performed over the next few weeks. Afterplay (first performed in Dublin in 2002) is ...

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Life of Riley – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Phil Butterfield Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Life of Riley is one of Alan Ayckbourn’s later plays, having been premièred in 2010 in Scarborough. There is a link between this play and Relatively Speaking - which is also being produced at Lawrence Batley Theatre by the company Dick &Lottie. Relatively Speaking is the 'play within ...

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Relatively Speaking – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Phil Butterfield Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Alan Ayckbourn is one of the world’s most prolific playwrights. His plays are some of the most performed throughout the world. Relatively Speaking was first produced in Scarborough in 1965. The West End première, starring Richard Briers, came two years later and is seen as a major turning ...

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Secret Diaries – Chapel Theatre Arts Centre, Halifax

Writer: Sarah Evans Director: Rachel Moorhouse Reviewer: Jessie Cohen Secret Diaries is a teenage coming-out narrative set in provincial England, spanning the mid-eighties, early nineties and the present day. Protagonist Hayley (Sarah Emmott) returns to her family home in 2014 where she confronts her father (Michael Forrest), a closeted homosexual who lives by the cowardly philosophy that "the truth doesn’t ...

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Shadow Game – Cast, Doncaster

Composer: Charlotte Bray Reviewer: Andrew White To emphasise a different direction from the old Civic Theatre taken by Cast, the new performance venue in Doncaster, a new piece of music – Shadow Game – was especially commissioned from leading British composer Charlotte Bray. Described by the London Evening Standard as “one of the outstanding composing talents of her generation”, Berlin-based ...

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A Vision of Elvis – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Having toured Europe, A Vision of Elvis is set to tour throughout the UK in 2014 and York’s Grand Opera House is an early date in the schedule. The show was produced by Artistes International Management and stars Rob Kingsley and the Cadillac Band, along with the Sweet Sensations. The show has the approval of Mr. Ed ...

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Some Girl I used To Know – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Denise Van Outen &Terry Ronald Director: Michael Howcroft Reviewer: Holly Spanner Have you ever stopped to think about how much one person can affect your life? How an encounter can lead you to question the life you’ve built up and the choices you’ve made, or maybe open your heart to a feeling you’ve been suppressing? Unhappiness or incompleteness, disguised ...

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Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band – Grand Opera House, York

Guest conductor: Phil Chalk Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Formed over a hundred and thirty years ago in the West Riding of Yorkshire, The Brighouse &Rastrick Brass Band is now regarded as one of the UKs premier brass bands. They have established a high profile and a professional reputation - even though its members are amateurs - through a busy programme of ...

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