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Wise Children – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Angela Carter Adapted by: Emma Rice Director: Emma Rice Designer: Vicki Mortimer Composer/Musical Director: Ian Ross Reviewer: Ron Simpson Wise Children is the name of a new theatre company founded by Emma Rice, after her long tenure of the role of Artistic Director of Kneehigh and her rather shorter stay at Shakespeare’s Globe. Wise Children is also the name ...

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Heart of Darkness – CAST, Doncaster

Writers/Directors: Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks Music: Jeremy Peyton Jones Reviewer: Ron Simpson There are many problems when adapting a novel as a stage play, from length to numbers of characters, from reproducing or rejecting the original setting to finding a modern dramatic equivalent, to the author’s narrative style. So distant have some recent versions been that they are best ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Teaching Voice – Workshops for young performers

Author: Max Hafler Reviewer: John Roberts Max Hafler has been teaching voice for well over a decade and his new book Teaching Voice - Workshops for Young Performers will easily become a go-to book for any theatre practitioner who works regularly with young people and or has to teach voice. The book is spilt into several sections - firstly there ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Facing The Fear

Author: Bella Merlin Publisher: Nick Hern Books Reviewer: John Roberts “You’re standing on the stage in front of a packed auditorium. All eyes are on you. The lights. The darkness. The moment of glory. Then suddenly – out of nowhere – the dry mouth… the sweaty palms… the shaking knees… and the empty head. Lines well learnt - now lost ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Drawn to the Globe

Author: Chris Duggan Publisher: Ancon Hill Publishing Reviewer: John Roberts Published to coincide with The Globe’s 20th year of performance and of course in the 400th year of Shakespeare Drawn to the Globe is a little gem of a book for any lover of theatre and indeed Shakespeare. Artist Chris Duggan has over the past 20 years stood through all ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Conversations With Miller – Centenary Edition

Author: Mel Gussow Reviewer: Glen Pearce   A writers life is often a solitary one and for their audience the only insight into the personality of playwrights is the work they share on stage. While Arthur Miller’s personal life may have been as interesting as his stage work, his life is somewhat overshadowed by his impressive catalogue of work, something ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Secrets of Stage Success

Authors: Louise Dearman &Mark Evans Publisher: Nick Hern Books Reviewer: John Roberts   Musical Theatre performers Louise Dearman and Mark Evans’ book Secrets of Stage Success is aimed at “anyone who’s seen a show and thought: “That could be me…’ While this might have been the original aim, the way the book is written and presented, one perhaps would change ...

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Race and Gender in the Novels of the Brontës – The Midland Hotel, Bradford

Contributors: Juliet Barker, John Bowen, Rebecca Fraser, Bonnie Greer, Boyd Tonkin Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood It is one of many events part of the Bradford Literature Festival. The festival has a rich and exciting line up of events for their programme which explore themes relevant today through literary and historical celebrations. The panel chair, Boyd Tonkin, opens the discussion asking the ...

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