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Phoenix Dance Theatre: Mixed Programme 2015 – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Choreography: Christopher Bruce, Caroline Finn, Sharon Watson Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Phoenix Dance Theatre opens 2015 with their exciting mixed programme premiering at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The company prides in collaborating with professionals to produce diverse new works of which four are presented in this programme. The programme opens with Christopher Bruce’s Shift. This short piece represents how time dictates ...

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The Absence of War – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Sheila Stratford It is the run up to the election and George Jones is the Labour Leader in opposition. We follow him and his immediate campaign team in the gruelling three weeks before the election. George Jones is struggling to get his message across to the people. He is constrained by a hostile ...

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IMagician: The Evolution of Magic – Harrogate Theatre

Reviewer: Rosie Revell iMagician: The Evolution of Magic explores the work of history’s greatest illusionists and magicians demonstrating how modern technology can make them even better. Magician Jamie Allen brought his new show to Harrogate, the first stop on his new UK tour forming an interesting blend of illusion, card tricks, sleight of hand and modern technology including iPad, Twitter, ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost: RSC Live Broadcast – Gala Theatre, Durham

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Reality versus fantasy, love, desire, reckoning and rationalization. These are themes in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Ferdinand King of Navarre (Sam Alexander) and his three companions, Berowne (Edward Bennett), Dumaine (Tunji Kasim) and Longaville (William Belchambers) vow to forsake the company of women for three years in order to study and fast. ...

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The Business of Murder – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Richard Harris Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Middle Ground Theatre Company presents Richard Harris’s west end hit, The Business of Murder in Darlington this week. This three act, three performer play focuses on a flat in London in the early Eighties. Why has Mr. Stone (Robert Gwilym) invited playwright Dee (Joanna Higson) and Policeman Hallett (Paul Opacic) to ...

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Jumping Puddles – Caedmon Hall, Gateshead

Writer: Catrina McHugh Director: Rosie Kellagher Movement director: Krista Vuori for Frantic Assembly Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Jumping puddles is the first collaboration between Open Clasp Theatre Company and Frantic Assembly and endeavours to give a voice to women in the North East. In the early stages of devising the creative team worked with over 162 marginalised women in the North, ...

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Inside – Holbeck Underground Ballroom, Leeds

Writer: Rosie MacPherson Director: Ed Lilly Reviewer: Rich Jevons Rosie MacPherson writes and performs Strawberry Blonde Curls’ Inside, an intense and claustrophobic one-woman show at Leeds’ Holbeck Underground Ballroom. Right from the start MacPherson’s characteris clearly angst-ridden, although she attempts displays of ‘normality’ through domestic chores. She talks to Mel B the cat and the plant (an assortment of stalks), ...

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The Full Monty – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Roger Haines Reviewer: Rosie Revell Back in 1997 a film about unemployed steel workers turning to stripping to make a quick quid was an unexpected but massive hit. Original screenwriter Simon Beaufoy has turned his film script into a stage show that has lost none of its wit, warmth and ability to tug at the heartstrings. ...

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