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Reasons to Be Cheerful – Derby Theatre

Book: Paul Sirett Music & Lyrics: Ian Dury and the Blockheads Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Dave Smith Like many UK acts that emerged in the late 1970s that were different to the family-friendly pop or bland disco that had previously dominated the charts, Ian Dury and the Blockheads were labelled as punk or new wave. Yet Ian Dury had been a ...

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The House of Bernarda Alba – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Kathryn Hunter in House of Bernado Alba

Writer: Frederico Garcia Lorca Translator/Adaptor: Jo Clifford Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Lorca’s final play is brought to the Royal Exchange in a co-production with the disabled-led company Graeae in a stirring all-female production spearheaded by Kathryn Hunter. Hunter commanders the circular stage as the matriarch Bernarda who demands obedience from her household as she imposes an eight-year period ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Graeae Theatre Company – Reasons To Be Cheerful

Music &lyrics: Ian Dury Director: Jenny Sealey Musical Director: Robert Hyman Choreography: Mark Smith Venue: Theatre Tent Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   There is something arrestingly timely about Graeae's revival of their 2010 show celebrating the music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads; something encouragingly cathartic about reveling in the anarchic rock and roll energy of a band that rebelled fiercely ...

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16 For 2016: Jenny Sealey

Our series 16 for 2016, talking to Artistic Directors about the highlights and challenges of the last year, and the year ahead continues with Jenny Sealey of Graeae Theatre Company. Sealey joined Graeae as Artistic Director in 1997, she co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmingsand is recognised as one of the leading voices on accessibility in ...

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Blood Wedding – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Frederico Garcia Lorca Adaptor: David Ireland Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   Blood Wedding is a tale of brooding malevolence passed down through the generations like a toxic DNA. Sadly this version of Lorca's beloved play lacks the sheer physical passion that is the essence of the tale. Rewriting the narrative for 2015 with references to Strictly Come ...

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Blood Wedding – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Frederico Garcia Lorca Adaptor: David Ireland Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Blood is thicker than water so the saying goes, and in in Lorca’s Blood Wedding family ties and blood certainly combine into some potent drama. As two families come together for a wedding it becomes clear that there are dark secrets just below the surface. Bitter ...

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The Threepenny Opera – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Jeremy Sams Directors: Peter Rowe, Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katie Lee 'If the misery is genuine, no one will believe it.' This contemporary adaptation of Brecht's Threepenny Opera by Graeae Theatre Company explores poverty, disability and common reaction to it, updating the text for our present era of government cuts. Here, the beggars are ...

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Belonging – Roundhouse, London

Director: Jenny Sealey and Vinicius Daumas Reviewer: Christopher Hong This is a collaboration between Graeae which specialises in placing deaf and disabled artists in centre stageand Circo Crescer e Vivier, a social programme based in Rio de Janeiro focusing on circus performances. Part of CircusFest 2014, this brings together ten performances from both countries with their respective sign language interpreters. ...

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