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Time and Tide – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers and Ruth Cooper Director: Ruth Cooper Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood   Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers write plays based on personal life experiences and their creatively is certainly encouraged. Under the direction of professional theatre director Ruth Cooper, the young group have created Time and Tide after being inspired by Albert Einstein's assertion that: "The only reason ...

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CD REVIEW: Allegiance – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Lea Salonga and George Takei in Allegiance

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Allegiance is set during World War II, in a period of forced relocation and incarceration of around 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbour. 62% of the internees were US citizens. The internment was sadly the result of racism and xenophobia, rather than any military danger from the population. With music and ...

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Politically Incorrect, The Songs of Tom Lehrer – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

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Performer: Peter Gill Reviewer: Ron Simpson Master-satirist Tom Lehrer is, in the opinion of the incomparable Randy Newman, as good a lyricist as any in the second half of the 20th Century, but there is a problem with performing his work. His songs, many of them very short, don’t lend themselves to extended improvisation or complicated arrangements or anything much ...

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CD REVIEW: Preludes – Original Cast Recording

Reviewer: Holly Spanner At just 19 years old, Rachmaninoff gained instant fame with his Prelude in C-Sharp Major. Five years later in 1897, after devoting two years to his first symphony, Symphony No 1 in D Minor, was appallingly received. Partly due to the conductor at the premiere, Alexander Glazunov, being so drunk he conducted like a zombie and partly ...

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Royal Northern Sinfonia – Town Hall, Dewsbury

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Director: Bradley Creswick Violin: Tristan Gurney Viola: Michael Gerrard Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Royal Northern Sinfonia, the orchestra of the Sage Gateshead, is one of the few guest orchestras in the 2015-16 Opera North season in Kirklees. The Sinfonia is a chamber orchestra, with fewer than 30 players in this concert, which helped bring flexibility to the performance and, under ...

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Henry V – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Poster Image of Henry V at Theatre Royal Wakefield

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Scott Ellis Designer: Florence Hazard Lighting: Christopher Nairne Reviewer: Ron Simpson Merely Theatre’s approach to Shakespeare is highly inventive, imaginative and very fast. The company’s publicity describes its stripped back productions as having “no gauche sets, frilly collars or fussy props”. True, but on the evidence of Henry V, they do have quite a lot of ...

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The Mingus Big Band – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

The Mingus Big Band. Image Credit Tom Arber

Musicians: The Mingus Big Band Leader: Boris Kozlov Reviewer: Ron Simpson It was a real coup for Opera North to get the Mingus Big Band for its only date outside London before a week at Ronnie Scott’s Club. One of the most enduring and exciting of “legacy” bands gave the sell-out audience a joyous and exhilarating two hours of jazz. ...

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United We Stand – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Music: John Kirkpatrick Designer: Amy Yardley Reviewer: Ron Simpson Townsend Productions’ robustly imaginative brand of agitprop always combines a serious left-wing message with irreverent satire and an infectious sense of fun. United We Stand, now playing its last few dates following 2015’s extended tour, is part of the ongoing campaign on behalf of the ...

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