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Birdsong – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Adapted by Rachel Wagstaff from the novel by Sebastian Faulks Music: Tim Van Eyken Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Ruth Jepson It is now over 100 years since the onset of World War I. The men who fought it, and the women who waited for them to return, are long since dead. Birdsong however, will make you believe that you ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Brian Gorman

Rich Jevons of The Public Reviews talks to writer and co-producer of New Dawn Fades, a play on one level about the seminal post-punk band Joy Division, and on another - the history of Manchester right back to Roman times. Isn’t it quite unusual to be both an actor and a writer? I was quite shy as a kid and ...

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One of Each – Wetherby Whaler, York

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director:Chris Honer Composer/MD:Rebekah Hughes Reviewer:Ron Simpson After a land-based Northern tour in May, Mikron Theatre Company’s productions of One of Each and Raising Agents take to the waterways until early September on a national tour of pubs, cafes, women’s institutes, museums, allotments and even the occasional theatre. Given the disparity of the settings (the advance programme charmingly ...

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Deranged Marriage – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer and Director: Pravesh Kumar Producer: Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre Reviewer: David Gann Duty or love? We dutifully clapped, and some loved it. A response to The Deranged Marriage needs to acknowledge a cultural perspective. This production, whatever else one may say, achieved a heart-warming shift of ethnicity in the Leeds going theatre audience. There is a script that ...

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Macbeth – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jatinder Verma Designer: Claudia Mayer Reviewer: Ron Simpson Jatinder Verma’s programme note seems to be a special pleading for a concept that barely exists: this version of Macbeth for Tara Arts, he claims, is set in a British Asian family and the killing of Duncan is an act of patricide, not regicide. Well, up to a ...

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Ballet Central – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Reviewer: Rich Jevons This scintillating showcase begins with Christopher Hampson’s ‘Four’, a neoclassical ballet piece with the dancers in purple and black leotards syncopated to a ragtime jazz soundtrack. The piece is executed with great poise and grace and sets a high bar for the rest of the evening. The live pianist performs a lush ‘Moonlight Sonata’ for the romantic ...

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The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer and Director: Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor Reviewer: Ruth Jepson The Reduced Shakespeare Company having being chaotically chopping up big topics into tiny shows since 1990, when they took their comedy hatchet to the Bard’s plays. Books, the Bible, America, sport and Christmas feature among the other truncations and 25 years later, they finally take on the genre they ...

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The Mist in the Mirror – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Author: Susan Hill Adapted by: Ian Kershaw Director: Kevin Shaw Composer: James Hamilton Producer: Oldham Coliseum Theatre and imitating the dog Reviewer: Rich Jevons Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s co-production with the irrepressibly talented imitating the dog is based on Susan Hill’s second full-length ghost story. This follows the success of The Woman in Black which was made into a Hammer Horror ...

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