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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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Ode to Leeds – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Zodwa Nyoni Director: James Brining Reviewer: Rich Jevons At first, upon entering the auditorium, it could be easy to feel disappointed by the five microphones arranged neatly in a line. Not so, the stage is set for five poets, ready for their turn under the spotlight in the poetry slam. As the show progresses it becomes much more of ...

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Boris the Musical – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Laurence Peacock Composer: Hollie Morrell Director: Kyle Williams Musical Director: Dominic Lo Reviewer: Ron Simpson Blowfish Theatre is in a race against time: can the company finish the current tour before Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister? Equally will the scheduled Trump the Musical be beaten to the finishing line by his impeachment? Such is the lot of the makers ...

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Partly Political – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Performers: Rory Bremner, Jan Ravens & Jo Caulfield Reviewer: Ron Simpson Times are hard for a satirical political impressionist. In his Wakefield show Rory Bremner himself quoted the great Tom Lehrer: “Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize,” and things, he claimed, have got worse since 1973 – and who would disagree? So, although his Donald ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – The Grand, Leeds

Writers:  Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Set Designer: Nigel Hook Reviewer: Rob Atkinson This play has a starkly self-explanatory title, but it’s one that rather pushes the boundaries of understatement. To say that the play goes wrong is rather like stating that RMS Titanic had slight buoyancy problems – it’s a phrase that comes nowhere near ...

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Brad Mehldau Trio – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Three men and a tree

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North's programme at the Howard Assembly Room continues to offer high-quality performances in jazz no less than in chamber music, vocal recitals and world music. The concert by the Brad Mehldau Trio was highly impressive, gathering momentum as the evening progressed, but not quite what was promised. As often these days, the concert was billed as ...

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In at the Deep End – Square Chapel, Halifax

Lifeboat speeding through waves

Writer: Laurence Peacock Director: Stefan Escreet Composer/Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Designer: Kate Morton Reviewer: Ron Simpson More often encountered in such settings as allotments and fish restaurants, it was slightly unusual to see Mikron in action in a raked auditorium with stage lighting. The company’s tour of In at the Deep End will be officially launched at Scarborough Lifeboat Station ...

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Swansea City Opera: Lakme – Harrogate Theatre

Painting of Asian woman

Composer: Leo Delibes Director/Set Designer: Brendan Wheatley Conductor: John Beswick Costume Designer: Gabriella Ingram Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leo Delibes’ 1883 opera Lakme soon took its place in the standard repertoire. However, recent decades have been less welcoming to it. Its problem is that it belongs to two genres that are not especially in favour these days. One of a series ...

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