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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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Cloud 9 – Washington Arts Centre

Writer: Caryl Churchill Staged by: Sunderland University Reviewer: Ron Simpson The University of Sunderland’s Drama department takes over the attractive Arts Centre at Washington for three weeks to give one or two performances each of a bewildering variety of plays: from Aeschylus to Dario Fo, from Shakespeare to Caryl Churchill as part of Sunfest 2015. The boldness of the department’s ...

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T.Rextasy – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Reviewer – Louise Sharp Formed in 1967 by the multi-talented singer songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan, Tyrannosaurus Rex bridged the gap between young and old, producing a string of glam rock anthems which are still very much alive and enjoyed by all ages today. Starting out in 1992, tribute band T.Rextasy played their debut in a Hackney pub, and from ...

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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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Godspell in Concert – Sage Gateshead

Writer: John-Michael Tebelak Producer (concert): Russell Scott &Mark Petitt Director: Kenneth Avery-Clark MD: Russell Scott Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Originally opening Off-Broadway in 1971, Godspell is a musical about a group of believers who follow Jesus, learning about and sharing his teachings in a series of parables. The production is directed in such a way that we as the audience allow ...

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Plastic Figurines – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: Ella Carmen Greenhill Director: Adam Quayle Reviewer: Ray Taylor This brand new play explores the relationship between siblings Rose and Mikey in the wake of their mother’s diagnosis of leukaemia and subsequent death. A situation already hard enough is compounded by the fact that Mikey suffers with autism while Rose is left with all the responsibility for him. The ...

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Cyrano de Bergerac – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Translated by Antony Burgess and of the play by Edmond Rostand Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Cyrano de Bergerac is a poet and a soldier, yet he is also a frivolous romantic around the female persuasion. And to top it off, he has the largest nose in the whole of France. Falling in love with Roxanne, who is ...

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National Dance Company Wales: Mixed Programme – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Music: Maurice Ravel, Arvo Pärt, Mikael Karlsson Choreography: Johan Inger, Lee Johnston, Alexander Ekman Reviewer: Rich Jevons This action-packed evening of cutting-edge dance begins with Johan Inger’s ‘Walking Mad’ which immediately breaks down the fourth wall as a dancer emerges from the back of the auditorium’s raised seating to take his place on the stage to sounds of birdsong and ...

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