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NEWS: Ditto Theatre Company win Beyond The Fringe Award

The Reviews Hub were delighted to announce Ditto Theatre Company as winners of our inaugural Beyond The Fringe Award at Brighton Fringe’s annual award ceremony last night [4 June 2017] for their production of Ingo’s War at The Warren, Brighton. The awards invited applications from companies premiering work at Brighton Fringe 2017 who had ambitions to tour that work nationally. ...

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No Knowing – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Though No Knowing is far from Alan Ayckbourn at his best, it could well have an extended shelf-life as a pleasant simply-staged season’s end or festive season diversion as it is here. The cast of four get their reward for participating in the taxing Henceforward... by enjoying a ...

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North Country – The Wild Woods, Bradford

Writer: Tajinder Singh Hayer Director: Alex Chisholm Designer: Uzma Kazi Reviewer: Ron Simpson Freedom Studios is nothing if not bold in the settings and style of its productions.  The setting for North Country may be rather less integral to the subject matter than earlier site-specific triumphs at Drummonds Mill and Bradford Interchange, among others, but a disused city centre Marks ...

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The Woman in Black – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Assistant Director: Antony Eden Reviewer: Janet Jepson There’s nothing like a good, honest, spine-chilling ghost story to bring an audience together at the edges of their seats. Suspense and horror seem to lend themselves to uniting individuals as if to ward off the threat posed onstage. Such is ...

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Ensemble 360: Passion/Patronage – CAST, Doncaster

Violinist Benjamin Nabarro

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ensemble 360 continues the wonderfully democratic approach to music making pioneered by the late Peter Cropper with the Lindsay Quartet at Sheffield’s Crucible Studio. When Cropper and the Lindsays gave up Music in the Round, Ensemble 360 took it on and has now established a further outpost at CAST in Doncaster. The Second Space at CAST can ...

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This Might Hurt – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Photo Credit Amy Charles Media

Writer: John Godber Director: John Godber Designer: Foxton Reviewer: Ron Simpson In a programme interview John Godber refers to Alan Ayckbourn saying that, just when you think, “That’s it, I’ve written enough”, another idea comes into your head. To maintain inspiration Godber has often mined his own family experience, next January’s production of The Empty Nesters’ Club a case in ...

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Northern Broadsides: When We Are Married – York Theatre Royal

Northern Broadsides

Writer: J.B. Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Jessica Worrall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nearly a quarter of a century ago Northern Broadsides was founded on the premise of doing classical theatre, mostly, but not solely, Shakespeare, with a Northern voice and taking it to non-theatrical venues. The company is still doing that, but the scope has steadily enlarged to take in ...

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Henceforward… – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Set Designer: Roger Glossop Costume Designer: Rebecca Cartwright Reviewer: Ron Simpson Henceforward... has almost too many ideas for its own good – and they fit together somewhat uneasily at times. On its West End transfer in 1987, it won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award. Yet, earlier in the year Alan Ayckbourn had planned ...

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