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The Damned United – Shaw Lane Sports Club, Barnsley

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Writer:  Anders Lustgarten Original author: David Peace Director: Rod Dixon Set & Projection Designer: Nina Dunn Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Coming in from a snowy evening in Barnsley, the audience for this three-handed analysis of departed genius stepped into the white heat of one of football’s most bizarre and enduring controversies: the appointment of Brian Clough, Old Big ‘Ead himself, to ...

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A Christmas Carol – Kirkgate Market, Leeds

Writer: Charles Dickens, adapted by Olivia Race Director: Olivia Race Producers: Olivia Race, Alice Barber Musical Director: Claire-Marie Seddon Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Christmas Carol seems to be everywhere this year. Fortunately, there seems every chance that the adaptations will all have their own individuality – and that’s certainly the case with this version by Front Room Productions. Early in ...

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The Bundle – Carlton Hill Meeting House, Leeds

Writers: Dave Morris, Lynn Morris Directors: Lynn Morris, Dave Morris Reviewer: Ron Simpson Journeymen Theatre is a husband-and-wife team touring short, self-written, issue-based plays round non-theatre venues throughout the UK. By the time of the Leeds performance, The Bundle was coming towards the end of a series of approximately 80 performances in 2017. The Bundle is a 65-minute two-hander presenting ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Daniel O’Brien Co-Directors: Louise Denison, Chris Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Designer: Mark Walters Reviewer: Ron Simpson Pantomimes are all about tradition, not only the stories and the time-honoured routines, but also the traditions that are created within each theatre. This year’s Aladdin is a typical Wakefield pantomime, with all the elements securely in place, even if – early ...

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Uri Caine – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson An amiably rumpled man of about 60 strolls casually onto the Howard Assembly Room stage, sits down at the Steinway grand and launches into Honeysuckle Rose, a playful deconstruction full of wit, swing and dynamic contrasts. Neatly half an hour later he gets up from the piano, having taken us on a journey through his musical imagination, ...

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The Life and Soul – Live Arts Cafe, Barnsley

Writer: Chris O’Connor Director: Rod Dixon Poet: Matt Abbott Reviewer: Ron Simpson The evening’s programme at the Live Arts Cafe in Barnsley was an excellent example of a range of performance and social initiatives coming together to reach out into the community. The Live Arts Cafe itself is an informal monthly meeting at the Digital Media Centre organised by Creative ...

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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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Marc Almond: Shadows & Reflections – Town Hall, Leeds

Reviewer: Rich Jevons Some two years on since Marc Almond came to Leeds Town Hall to celebrate the release of The Velvet Trail which was followed by a recital of torch songs with the pop orchestra of Leeds College of Music, we are now treated to Almond alongside a vocal chorus, strings and brass section with the Musical Director at ...

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