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The Spinning Wheel – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Writer/Performer/Co-creator: Baba Israel Music: Yako 440 Director/Co-creator: Leo Kay Reviewer: Rich Jevons The Spinning Wheel is co-created by Unfinished Business’ Leo Kay and Baba Israel with music and sound design by Yako 440 and visual design by Richard Ramchum with certain images provided by New York artist Eric Drooker. It is a loving, if at times sharp and acerbic, tribute ...

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Dirty Dancing – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Sarah Tipple Choreographer: Kate Champion Reviewer: Holly Spanner Since its release in 1987, Dirty Dancing the film has become a massive box office success, with the subsequent stage version opening in London’s Aldwych Theatre in 2006, where it ran for six months of sold-out performances. Now in its second UK tour, the show returns to Leeds ...

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Northern Ballet: The Great Gatsby – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: F. Scott Fitzgerald Music: Richard Rodney Bennett Director: David Nixon OBE Reviewer: Rich Jevons Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE is one of the world’s most prolific producers of narrative dance including choreography, direction and costume design for the recent stunning revival of Dracula and the forthcoming tour of Wuthering Heights. His adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The ...

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Regeneration – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Pat Barker Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Pat Barker's incredible novel about The Great War, and the many misconceptions about mental illness in that time, is one that many have taken to their hearts. An attempt to stage it is bravery indeed. Nicholas Wright has made an insightful and well-rounded adaptation that is able to convey the trauma, ...

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Eric and Little Ern – Harrogate Theatre

Writers: Ian Ashpitel, Jonty Stephens, Eddie Braben, Dick Hills and Sid Green Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Rosie Revell For a whole generation Christmas wasn’t Christmas without the Morecambe and Wise Christmas special. Voted the nation’s favourite comedians Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise dominated British television screens for nearly 30 years until their deaths with their unique blend of comedy, variety ...

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The Bootleg Sixties – Rotherham Civic Theatre

Reviewer: Janet Jepson It is said that if you remember the 60’s then you weren’t there, but this magnificent performance by the amazingly talented Overtures, certainly jogs some memories. It’s nonstop nostalgia and fun all the way, right from the time lead vocalist and bass player Den Pugsley invites the audience to “get blind drunk, dance naked in the aisles, ...

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Aspects of Love – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: David Garnett Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Don Black and Charles Hart Director: Jonathan Walker-Kane Reviewer: Sue Collier While reviewing amateur productions one is conscious of the possible unfairness of comparing them to high budget professional stage presentations. Not so at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, as Leeds Amateur Operatic Society’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love delights ...

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Mamela – Live Theatre, Newcastle

Script Editors: Gez Casey and Ziphozhake Hiobo Director: Amy Golding Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Singing, lights, seven women and seven chairs take to the space. Mamela centres around the “born free” generation born near the end of Aparthied; seven South African women from the Eastern Cape give their thoughts on family, politics, men, religion and their aspirations based on their personal ...

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