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Inside Out! – Washington Arts Centre

Director: Natasha Holmes Writer: Natasha Holmes UK &Kathryn Chase Bryer USA Composer: Tim Guillot Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent As the audience wait to enter the theatre, the younger members are invited to take off their shoes and are welcomed in to find that the theatre has been transformed into 'James and Katie's bedroom'. There are soft mats at the foot of ...

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Private Peaceful – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor and director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War has led to a feeding frenzy of creative projects. Here, West Yorkshire Playhouse offers a short work based on Michael “War Horse” Morpurgo’s 2003 book for children, which was Blue Peter Book of the Year. Simon Reade is responsible ...

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Rock of Ages – The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Chris D’Arienzo Director: Kristen Hanggi Choreographer: Kelly Devine Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre welcomed Rock of Ages to the city last night with its promise of “big hair and big tunes”, and the retro look wasn’t just confined to the stage. Leather jackets, leopard print, fringing and even the odd mullet had turned out to enjoy this celebration ...

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Blind – Live Theatre, Newcastle

Devised by: The Paper Birds and Grace Savage Director: Jemma Mc Donnell Producer: Bonnie Mitchell Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Taken from sounds heard throughout her whole life; from her Mother's wise words of wisdom to lyrics of the songs she loves, Grace Savage's autobiographical journey exposes how our aural discoveries have made all of us who we are, whether we knew ...

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Opera North: Mozart Requiem – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: Jac Van Steen Reviewer: Rich Jevons What a treat to actually see the Orchestra of Opera North for once, given they are usually in the orchestra pit and not visible from the stalls, and looking resplendent they are certainly worth the wait! The evening kicks off with Wagner’s ‘Prelude to Act 1’ of Lohengrin and a soft, gently enticing ...

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RAF in Concert – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Conductor: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs Main vocalist: Flight Lieutenant Matthew Little Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The Royal Air Force Music Services boasts several bands and orchestras. A concert tour featuring a repertoire of old and new music of differing genres, is being held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first display season of the world famous Red Arrows. There is ...

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Grupo Corpo – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Artistic Director: Paulo Pederneiras Choreographer: Rodrigo Pederneiras Music: Carlos Nunes and Jose Miguel Wisnik (on songs by Martin Codax), Tom Ze and Jose Miguel Wisnik Reviewer: Rich Jevons Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo come to Bradford’s Alhambra to delight us with their quite delirious yet endearing style, combining classical ballet with Latin American dance. At the start of their first ...

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United We Stand – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer: Neil Gore Musical Director: John Kirkpatrick Director: Louise Townsend Reviewer: Sue Collier Louise Townsend’s Production of United We Stand is a two act play offering a highly entertaining account of the 1972 National Building Strike. The strike aimed to improve pay and safety conditions for those working in the building industry at a time when many builders died as ...

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