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Drink with a Chimp – Carriageworks, Leeds

Lead Writer: Daniel Ingram-Brown Director: Simon Brewis Reviewer: David Gann Drink with a Chimp is a remarkable piece of theatre. It is well written, acted and directed, but most of all it will touch deep places in all who see it. This is because it comes out of the fragility of our lives. Real lives. The work emerges as a ...

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I Told You This Would Happen – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Writer: Kathryn Beaumont Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Beverley Haigh In her first venture as a solo writer and performer, Kathryn Beaumont succeeds in telling a story we are all familiar with and have heard countless times before in I Told You This Would Happen but finds a new and innovative way of telling it. 'Less Rom Com, and more Rom-Con' ...

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Faust – Harrogate Theatre

Composer: Charles Gounod Director/Set Designer: Brendan Wheatley Conductor: John Beswick Reviewer: Ron Simpson Swansea City Opera’s production of Gounod’s Faust makes it clear why it has traditionally been one of the most popular operas in the mainstream repertoire, but has lost favour, certainly in this country. The great set-piece arias – all well sung in this production – must have ...

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Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense – The Grand, Leeds

Writers: The Goodale Brothers from the works of P.G. Wodehouse Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Phil Collingwood The Oliver-winning show comes to the period-appropriate Leeds Grand (and given the surroundings, Bertie looks more fitting in his eveningwear than do we in shirts and jeans). This three-hander revisits the familiar pairing of upstanding-but-ineffectual Bertie Wooster and his faithful-and-unflappable gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves, adding ...

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BBC Philharmonic, Leeds Festival Chorus & Leeds Philharmonic – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: Simon Wright Piano: Peter Donohoe Baritone: David Wilson-Johnson Reviewer: David Gann As the ‘finale’ concert to the wonderful Leeds International Orchestral Season, there is a sense of celebration and flourish. As the conductor and the eminent Peter Donohoe, after a sumptuous performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto, sit down together to play the original piano duet version of Ravel’s Ma ...

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The Maids – Seven Arts Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Jean Genet Director: Andy Curry Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Hedgepig Theatre, a local independent theatre company, is renowned for their dark thought provoking productions and takes pride in performing at unique spaces and venues. Their current production, Jean Genet’s The Maids, is currently touring at venues across Yorkshire. The audience enters the small dark and dimmed lighting auditorium where they ...

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FEATURE: Common Wealth share theatre making process

Forming part of the Bradford Literature Festival, Ruth Jepsonattends Working with Verbatim-a theatre writing masterclass. The event is run by Evie Manning and Aisha Zia, respectively Artistic Director and Writer for Common Wealth - an immersive installation theatre company who use interviews as the starting point for their creations. Before the event starts,I take the chance to chat with some ...

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Shrek – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Tour Director: Nigel Harman Musical Director: Dave Rose Original Choreography: Josh Prince Reviewer: Fiona Hannon People of Sheffield booked their tickets to see Shrek – The Musical almost two years ago, and it was certainly worth the wait. This production is a complete joy from start to finish. Anyone who is familiar ...

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