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Road – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It’s back to its roots for the Leeds Playhouse. While The Quarry and Courtyard theatres are closed for redevelopment for several months, the theatre is renamed from The West Yorkshire Playhouse to its original title of Leeds Playhouse and a new, repertory company of actors have been assembled – standard in ...

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Hard Times – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptation: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Charles Dickens wrote the novel Hard Times in 1854. Set in Coketown, the North of England, he outlined the society at the time and criticised the social and economic conditions.  Northern Broadsides brings Deborah McAndrew’s colourful stage adaptation to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, as part of a UK ...

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Hard Times – Lowry Theatre,Salford

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapted by: Deborah McAndrew Director and Composer: Conraad Nelson Reviewer: Helen Jones Charles Dicken's tenth novel, Hard Times, was first published between April and August 1854 in twenty installments in Dicken's own weekly publication Household Words. Set in a fictionalised Northern mill town, possibly based on Preston, which Dickens had recently visited, it is a view on ...

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Be//Longing – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Rebekah Harrison et al Director: Matt Hassall and Take Back Theatre Reviewer: Lizz Clark Headlines refer to "swarms" of immigrants and political campaigns focus on "taking back control" of Britain and its borders. Migration is a pressing issue of our time, but how often do we hear the real stories of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers? In partnership with ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Darren Kuppan

The Public Reviews’ Rich Jevons talks to Darren Kuppan on his rôle as Maneer Khan in the touring production of East is East. What were your early years like in the industry? Before I was an actor I actually started off as a dancer from when I was about seven or eight. Then from the age of twelve to 16 ...

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East Is East – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Luke Walker I wonder if, when Ayub Khan Din was writing the very first musings of what would be his hit play East Is East as a twenty one year old drama student, he thought he would ever be playing the domineering patriarch of the family over thirty years later. Transferring from ...

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East is East – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Selwyn Knight East is East catalogues a short period in 1971 in the Khan family in Salford. It is played out against the backdrop of cultural change, the recent sexual revolution of the Swinging Sixties and the War of Independence of East Pakistan, which will, of course, culminate in the creation of ...

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East is East – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Behind any sceptical dismissal of an object as a talisman, surely there has to be a recognition of its perceived impact. Even if just acting as a placebo, having something nearby that one can outsource responsibility for confidence to, like a lucky necklace or pen, can have an impact in ...

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