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Revolting Women – Scarcroft Allotments, York

Writer: Vashti Maclachlan Composer: Kieran Buckeridge Director: Jonny Kelly Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Designer: Celia Perkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson In many ways, you see Mikron Theatre Company at its best in settings like York’s Scarcroft Allotments. The company does pretty well in theatres (see our review of Get Well Soon at the Square Chapel), but it is at its most ...

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Whisky Galore – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Compton Mackenzie Adapted by: Philip Goulding Director: Kevin Shaw Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson Oldham Coliseum’s touring production of Whisky Galore is based on at least three promising ideas. Unfortunately, in Philip Goulding’s stylish, but dramatically inert, script and Kevin Shaw’s oddly conservative direction, none comes to fruition. Indeed sometimes the intentions seem to conflict with each other. ...

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Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf – York Theatre Royal, Studio

Devised by Annie Castledine, Steve Trafford and Elizabeth Mansfield Writer/Translator: Steve Trafford Director: Damien Cruden Reviewer: Ron Simpson It’s telling that the first credit on Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf goes to the devisers, not the writer or director. It’s an effective dramatic concept that works well in combination with some timeless songs, but the text is limited ...

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Brighton Rock – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Graham Greene Adapter: Bryony Lavery Director: Esther Richardson Composer: Hannah Peel Designer: Sara Perks Lighting: Aideen Malone Reviewer: Ron Simpson Brighton Rock presents many problems to the maker of a stage adaptation. Apart from a considerable roster of characters named and unnamed, its emphasis on violence, often for its own sake, and Greene’s use of Catholic theology and the ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Grand Opera House, York

Director: Stuart Wade Musical Director: Dean McDermott Choreographer: Emily Taylor Reviewer: Mark Clegg Although not a fairy tale that traditionally received the panto treatment, Beauty and the Beast has become increasingly popular to adapt following Disney’s 1991 movie. Having this production coincide with this year’s release of the live-action remake has been a canny business decision and although the basic ...

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A Murder is Announced – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Agatha Christie Adaptor: Leslie Darbon Director/Designer: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Ron Simpson The problems with Agatha Christie plays are mainly a matter of balancing plot and people and presenting an archaic Englishness without too much stuffiness or implied chauvinism. Christie herself could do this with a suitably light touch between the dramatic revelations, but in Middle Ground Theatre’s production Leslie ...

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Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Richard Hurford Music/Lyrics: Rob Castell Directors: Suzann McLean, Damian Cruden Designer: Jane Linz Roberts Reviewer: Ron Simpson Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny takes its time deciding whether it wants to be a humorously feminist take on the Robin Hood story (with a message among the songs and the daft gags) or simply a summer pantomime. After a first ...

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Everything is Possible: The York Suffragettes – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Bridget Foreman Directors: Juliet Forster, Katie Posner Designer: Sara Perks Reviewer: Ron Simpson Everything is Possible: The York Suffragettes is a remarkable achievement made possible by York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre. Juliet Forster and Katie Posner keep impressive control of a cast of 150 and in all, an astonishing 350 volunteers (actors, choir, wardrobe, props, etc.) bring off ...

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