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Avocado – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Eve Ensler Director: Mark Rosenblatt Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Eve Ensler, an award winning playwright and author of The Vagina Monologues, presents her world premiere play, Avocado, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The short play is part of the theatre’s popular Play Pie &Pint series. The West Yorkshire Playhouse, who works with asylum and refugee communities locally and regionally, commissioned ...

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The King’s Speech – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: David Seidler Music: Nick Powell Director: Roxana Silbert Movement Director: Polly Bennett Writer David Seidler’s stammer developed on being sent to the USA during WWII. George VI became his boyhood hero, a rôle model and inspiration for his critically acclaimed West End stage play which later developed into the 2010 four time Academy Award winning film The King’s Speech. ...

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Anna Karenina – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Jo Clifford, adapted from the novel by Leo Tolstoy Director:Ellen McDougall Lighting Design:Lizzie Powell Sound Design:Tom Gibbons Movement:Wilkie Branson Reviewer: Sue Collier Leo Tolstoy’s magnificent novel Anna Karenina has been presented more than twenty times on film. Now director Ellen McDougall presents a Royal Exchange Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production of Anna Karenina for the stage in a ...

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The Virtues of Things – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Composer Matt Rogers Librettist Sally O’Reilly Conductor Richard Baker Director Bijan Sheibani Designer Giles Cadle Reviewer Ron Simpson Aldeburgh Music, the Royal Opera and Opera North have a three-year plan of co-commissioning new operas – an admirable policy! The Virtues of Things is the latest commission to receive a joint production (the performance at the Howard was the last in ...

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Carousel – The Grand, Leeds

Music and Lyrics: Rodgers &Hammerstein Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Janet Jepson ‘You’ll never walk alone’ isone of the most moving and uplifting songs ever written. It is dusted off and employed in many contexts to bring hope and inspiration, sittingperfectly within Carousel, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. In fact the message that there is always someone, either in this world ...

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The Rolling Stone – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Chris Urch Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood The Rolling Stone, a Royal Exchange Theatre production, comes to the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The play begins with harmonious singing by the six member cast which sets the context. Dembe and Sam are in love and often spend their time together at the lake. The scenario shows them care free and ...

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Birdsong – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Adapted by Rachel Wagstaff from the novel by Sebastian Faulks Music: Tim Van Eyken Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Ruth Jepson It is now over 100 years since the onset of World War I. The men who fought it, and the women who waited for them to return, are long since dead. Birdsong however, will make you believe that you ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Brian Gorman

Rich Jevons of The Public Reviews talks to writer and co-producer of New Dawn Fades, a play on one level about the seminal post-punk band Joy Division, and on another - the history of Manchester right back to Roman times. Isn’t it quite unusual to be both an actor and a writer? I was quite shy as a kid and ...

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