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NEWS: West Yorkshire Playhouse awarded £25k to support refugee and asylum seekers

In January 2014, the West Yorkshire Playhouse became the UK’s first Theatre of Sanctuary, part of the larger Sanctuary Awards initiative launched by Leeds-based charity, the City of Sanctuary movement. Now, the theatre has been awarded £25,000 by the Asda Foundation, to support refugee and asylum seekers. Among other things, the grant will enable the theatre to develop creative writing ...

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Romeo and Juliet – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Amy Leach has adapted Shakespeare’s tragedy with a very modern take, linking with current affairs so that every member of the audience can relate to this production. This production is contemporary and radical, supported by Hayley Grindle’s urban staging with contrast lighting by Joshua Carr.  The production’s aim is to link to ...

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Cyrano – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer​: Edmond Rostand Adapter​: Deborah McAndrew Director and Composer​: Conrad Nelson Reviewer​: Ron Simpson In an interview on the Northern Broadsides website Deborah McAndrew makes the point that, though Cyrano de Bergerac, to give it its original full title, is set in 1640, it is very much a product of the late 19th Century. That could hardly be truer. In ...

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The Boys in the Band – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Mart Crowley Director: Adam Penford Designer: Rebecca Brower Reviewer: Ron Simpson In 1968, Mart Crowley’s play seemed brave and shocking in its frank depiction of gay lifestyle in New York. Now, its exposition feels clunky and its one-liners come gift-wrapped as in a Neil Simon comedy. Crawley’s well-intentioned inclusion of so many different types of homosexuals can seem formulaic, ...

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Iyalode of Eti – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Iyalode of Eti at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

Writer: Debo Oluwatuminu Director: Moji Kareem Designer: Emma Williams Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leeds-based theatre company Utopia Theatre specialises in the re-imagining of classic texts and The Duchess of Malfi transposes rather well to the African tribal world of Debo Oluwatuminu’s Iyalode of Eti. The obsessive sense of family, the wilful use of torture, the bleakly cruel humour, work as well ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Andy Hockley

Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts centre and The Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Reviews Hub’s Rich Jevons talks to veteran actor Andy Hockley about playing Grandpa Potts in the new stage adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Had you seen the film before taking on the rôle of Grandpa Potts? Yes, I remember when it first came out! I saw it in the cinema when it was released ...

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Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Rebecca Lenkiewicz Composer and Sound Design: Max Pappenheim Director: Ria Parry Reviewer: Rich Jevons Out of Joint’s latest production takes on the subjects of superstition and religious zeal, in particular how it fuels extreme ageism and sexism. Set in Walkern in 1712, it tells the tale of the last major witch trial. Amanda Bellamy allows plenty of pathos for ...

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We Want You To Watch – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Alice Birch Music: Ben and Max Ringham Tour Director: Laurence Cook Original Director: Caroline Steinbeis Reviewer: Rich Jevons For those of us who read the SCUM manifesto in the Seventies, Rash Dash’s vitriolic and visceral We Want You To Watch, commissioned by the National Theatre, lets the audience off quite lightly. But in comparison with other feminist agitprop and ...

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