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My Mother Said I Never Should – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Charlotte Keatley Director: Michael Cabot Set and Costumes: Bek Palmer Reviewer: Ron Simpson My Mother Said I Never Should, first staged in Manchester in 1987, is the most widely performed play by a female dramatist – rather surprising for a play that poses challenges for producer, cast and audience alike. However, its subject matter and themes have a wide-ranging ...

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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Ben Crocker Director: Chris Lawson Musical Director: Matt Marks Choreographer: Natasha Harrison Reviewer: Ron Simpson CAST’s pantomime proceeds along essentially traditional lines, but has one unique feature and one that is certainly slightly unusual. For the third year running, CAST presents the only fully British Sign Language interpreted pantomime, with Naomi Gray, a colourful and spirited presence on the ...

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The Last Seam – Grove Hall, South Kirkby

Writer: Garry Lyons Director: Daljinder Singh Set Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Last Seam is a fine example of the community spirit which it celebrates. Commissioned by CAST in Doncaster and originally staged there, it is now making its way around the clubs and community halls of the former pit villages of Doncaster, Barnsley and Wakefield with the ...

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A Brave Face – CAST, Doncaster

Writer / Director: Rachael Savage Music: Janie Armour Choreographer: Rachael Alexander Reviewer: Janet Jepson The United Kingdom has been famous throughout the centuries for its exemplary armed services, defending both the shores of our tiny islands and the wider Commonwealth lands. We take our armed troops somewhat for granted, they have always been there and will be prepared to defend ...

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Rita, Sue and Bob Too – CAST, Doncaster

one man two young women in makeshift car in 80s clothes

Writer: Andrea Dunbar Director: Kate Wasserberg Designer: Tim Shortall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Andrea Dunbar’s 1982 play, later enlarged into a film, is the stuff of legends. Still a teenager, Dunbar had already had an earlier play, The Arbor, staged at the Royal Court. Both took a disconcertingly frank look at life on Bradford’s Buttershaw Estate where Dunbar grew up and ...

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Jungle Book – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music & Lyrics: Filipe Gomes Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Choreographer: Kendra J Horsburgh Reviewer: Sophie Dodworth For the majority of people, thinking of the Jungle Book brings back memories of an orphaned human boy on a journey of self-discovery, raised by a group of animals, singing I Wan’na Be Like You. This is not, however, what you’ll find here. Poppy ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – CAST, Doncaster

Two boys reaching out either side of a barbed wire fence

Music: Gary Yershon Choreographer/Director: Daniel de Andrade Reviewer: Janet Jepson For many years after the Second World War ended very few people knew much about the atrocities that had occurred in the concentration (death) camps, and just how much the unfortunate Jewish race had suffered. As time went on however horrific memories were shared by survivors, and historians uncovered the ...

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Spillikin – CAST, Doncaster

Writer and Director: Jon Welch Reviewer: Janet Jepson Spillikin is there, his back to the audience, waiting to take up his role … he draws the eye as seats are taken and everyone wonders just how well he can act. In any case this inanimate character will surely not be able to add any emotional depth to this latest production by ...

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