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Broke – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Artistic Director: Jemma McDonnell Producer: Bonnie Mitchell Composer: Shane Durrant Reviewer: David Gann This is a theatre that is engaging and changes you. It is concerned with the ‘little people’ on this earth, yet challenges the ‘big’ principles on which so much of our lives are fabricated. These are all facets that have inspired generations of play-makers, and Paper Birds ...

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Three Men in a Boat – Hull Truck Theatre

Book: Jerome K Jerome Writer and Director: Craig Gilbert Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting Designer: Alan Valentine Reviewer: Rosie Revell Since its publication in 1889, Jerome K Jerome’s comic masterpiece Three Men in a Boat has amused and enchanted readers so much so that it has been voted the 33rd greatest novel ever published. This all new theatre production sails into ...

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Calamity Jane – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Charles K. Freeman Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Sue Collier Tonight, the town of Deadwood visits Bradford, and with it comesthe characterful, jolly rootin’ tootin’ musical Calamity Jane starringthe vibrant Jodie Prenger as Calamity Jane and Tom Lister as her sparring partner and eventual lover, Wild Bill Hickok. A sackcloth ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Music &Lyrics: Richard Baker, Rob Falcolner Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Cornley Polytechnic returns with their classic Christmas vignette of Peter Pan, Peter Pan Goes Wrong. The joy of Mischief Theatre is the pure genius in their writing. You can see the jokes coming a mile away - and that just makes ...

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The Origin of Species… – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

...by Means of Natural Selection or the Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy about Charles Darwin (1809-1882)​ Writer: John Hinton Reviewer: Holly Spanner Tangram Theatre Company presents The Origin of the Species… which has been hailed as an international smash hit, and it’s easy to see why! Following a sell-out ...

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Motionhouse: Broken – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Director: Kevin Finnan Reviewer: Rich Jevons While it is customary to applaud the achievements of a dance piece’s choreographer, in the case of Motionhouse, as well as flagging up the supreme talents of their Artistic Director Kevin Finnan’ I’d like to include a rôle-call of the ensemble, namely: Martina Bussi, Daniel Connor, Junior Cunningham, Alasdair Stewart, Anna Watkins and Rebecca ...

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North Tyneside Disability Forum: Variety Show 2015 – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Reviewer: Louise Sharp A lively night of Entertainment was opened perfectly as the Youth Performance Choir – supported by Ray Buck, owned the stage with lively singing and dancing to the Black Eyed Peas hit ‘I’ve gotta Feeling’ and that feeling was right as the night was nothing short of fantastic. Acts which followed included folk acts by Northumbrian small ...

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Bouncers – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer and Director: John Godber Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Written in 1977, but reworked for this tour, Bouncers is probably the most famous play by prolific and well-known playwright John Godber. The work is popular with amateur and professional companies alike and it is claimed there is at least one production of it somewhere in the world every week of the ...

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