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The Lambton Worm – The Customs House, South Shields

Writers: Ray Spencer MBE and Graeme Thompson Director: Ray Spencer Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Whisht Lads, haad yor gobs aa’ll tell ye aall a panto story… This year The Customs House Pantomime celebrates the 150th anniversary of The Lambton Worm. While the story centres on the worm, writers Ray Spencer MBE and Graeme Thompson give it a new twist. As children, ...

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The Damned United – Shaw Lane Sports Club, Barnsley

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Writer:  Anders Lustgarten Original author: David Peace Director: Rod Dixon Set & Projection Designer: Nina Dunn Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Coming in from a snowy evening in Barnsley, the audience for this three-handed analysis of departed genius stepped into the white heat of one of football’s most bizarre and enduring controversies: the appointment of Brian Clough, Old Big ‘Ead himself, to ...

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A Christmas Carol – Kirkgate Market, Leeds

Writer: Charles Dickens, adapted by Olivia Race Director: Olivia Race Producers: Olivia Race, Alice Barber Musical Director: Claire-Marie Seddon Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Christmas Carol seems to be everywhere this year. Fortunately, there seems every chance that the adaptations will all have their own individuality – and that’s certainly the case with this version by Front Room Productions. Early in ...

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The Bundle – Carlton Hill Meeting House, Leeds

Writers: Dave Morris, Lynn Morris Directors: Lynn Morris, Dave Morris Reviewer: Ron Simpson Journeymen Theatre is a husband-and-wife team touring short, self-written, issue-based plays round non-theatre venues throughout the UK. By the time of the Leeds performance, The Bundle was coming towards the end of a series of approximately 80 performances in 2017. The Bundle is a 65-minute two-hander presenting ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Daniel O’Brien Co-Directors: Louise Denison, Chris Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Designer: Mark Walters Reviewer: Ron Simpson Pantomimes are all about tradition, not only the stories and the time-honoured routines, but also the traditions that are created within each theatre. This year’s Aladdin is a typical Wakefield pantomime, with all the elements securely in place, even if – early ...

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Robinson Crusoe – The Gala, Durham

Writers and directors: Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley Reviewer: Anna Ambelez The Gala uses the central character in Defoe’s classic, Robinson Crusoe and places him in a whole new adventure. We have pirates, high seas, a treasure island, mermaids, a giant parrot and many more ingredients for an original pantomime. The opening scene finds Captain Blackheart (Neil Armstrong) throwing his ...

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Reservoir Mogs – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Music: Ben Osborne Designer: Madeleine Girling Director: Adam Fuller and Matthew Whittle Choreographer: Laura Street Reviewer: Julia Beasley This is the purr-fect antidote to Xmas ennui – a darkly funny feminist caper from Wardrobe Theatre Company, the creators of Muppits Die Hard, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears and Rocky: A Horror Show. Four cool cats revisit a failed diamond ...

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Sex Workers’ Opera, Oval House Theatre, London

Devised and directed by: Experimental Experience Reviewer: Richard Maguire Sex Workers’ Opera, or, possibly, Sex Workers of the World Unite and Take Over? If you’re not even the slightest bit tempted to peruse the job vacancies down at your local brothel after this show has ended, you must be very hard-hearted indeed. Using real stories from sex workers from around the ...

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