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How To Occupy An Oil Rig – Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Writer: Daniel Bye with Kathryn Beaumont and Jack Bennett Music: Jamie Fletcher Director: Dick Bonham and Sarah Pushon Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Imagine if the Tweenies, Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men or any other children’s TV show turned into a piece of political performance and it was to be played live at Northern Stage, then How To Occupy an ...

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51 Shades of Maggie, Rotherham Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Writer: Leesa Harker Director: Martin Lynch Reviewer: Andrew White The back story behind 51 Shades of Maggie is more interesting than the story presented on stage. The writer, Leesa Harker, wrote around 500 words of her send-up of the 50 Shades of Grey novels in a post on Facebook – only to find her friends commenting and sharing the page. ...

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An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show – Grand Opera House, York

Director: Paul Spicer Choreographer: Leanne Harwood Reviewer: Mark Clegg Dirty Dancing the movie was released in 1987, which brilliantly evoked nostalgia for 1963 and has since become the chick flick to rule them all. One of its biggest legacies was the soundtrack which sold by the million and spawned a revival of these classic tunes that lasts right up to ...

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Carmen – The Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Music: Georges Bizet Lyrics: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy Director: Boris Lagoda Conductor: Azat Maksutov Reviewer: Rob Atkinson It's not every day that the chance is offered to see the Russian State Ballet perform in Halifax. So for this production of Bizet's Carmen there was every expectation that, once inside the town's impressive Victoria Theatre, its less attractive "dark satanic ...

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Of Mice and Men – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Book: John Steinbeck Music: Heather Christian Director: Mark Rosenblatt Reviewer: Holly Spanner Based on the book by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men is nearing its 80th birthday. A popular study on the GCSE syllabus, the story has been read and analyzed by many. Released to glowing reviews in 1937 when it hit bestseller lists around the country and subsequently ...

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Wonderful Tennessee – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Brian Friel Musical Director: Luke Carver Goss Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Sheila Stratford. Wonderful Tennessee, is the third and concluding play in the Brian Friel season at Sheffield Theatres. It offers the opportunity to experience the breadth of Brian Friel’s work from four decades of his award winning writing career. This highly acclaimed Irish dramatist, author and director was ...

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The Table – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Devised and Directed: BLind SumMiT Theatre Music: Lemey and Friedel Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Blind SumMiT Theatre are puppetry innovators; innovative is adventurous, fresh, imaginative and inventive, all adjectives that fit the companies work. The Table is where Moses, the central character lives. He relates a story about God, himself, life, death and puppetry. Moses is a bit of an old ...

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Eternal Love: The Story of Abelard and Heloise – Darlington Civic Theatre

Writer: Howard Brenton Director: John Dove Reviewer: Mark Clegg Although not as famous as other doomed lovers like Romeo and Juliet or Arthur and Guinevere, the story of Abelard and Eloise is more rooted in fact and history than the others, and is consequently perhaps the more emotional tale. Set in Medieval France, the story sees Abelard the philosopher and ...

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