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Horseshoes for Hand Grenades – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer:  Richard D. Cushing Director: Eric Loren Designer: Ed Ullyart Composer: David Barton Reviewer: Ron Simpson Horseshoes for Hand Grenades is a new play about the First World War by Richard D. Cushing, an American writer long domiciled in Britain. It grew from a short story of his that, as he says, “didn’t want to end”. Neither does the play ...

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Not Such Quiet Girls – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Writer: Jessica Walker Musical Director: Joseph Atkins Director: Jacqui Honess-Martin Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s commemoration of the end of the Great War peaks with two premieres in two nights: the world premiere of Not Such Quiet Girls and the UK premiere of Silent Night. For these, the Chorus is divided by gender and in Not Such Quiet Girls, a ...

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Songs of Love and War – Dewsbury Town Hall

Musicians: David Greed (violin), Ian Buckle (piano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Dewsbury Lunchtime Concert Season is part of Kirklees Council and Opera North’s initiative to bring regular musical events to the area. Faced with continuing financial stringency, both the Huddersfield Concert Season and the Dewsbury lunchtime concerts rely ever more heavily on the host company, but this brings no reduction ...

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Women of Aktion – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Mick Martin Directors: Jude Wright/Mick Martin Reviewer: Ron Simpson Bent Architect’s Women of Aktion is one of many commemorations of the end of the First World War, but one which approaches it from a unique perspective. Advance publicity made it sound tempting and original, but also confusing, with two different and largely forgotten historical events rubbing up against each ...

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Wings – Huddersfield Town Hall

Film Director: William A. Wellman Composer: Carl Davis Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Carl Davis Reviewer: Ron Simpson At the end of the showing of Wings at Huddersfield Town Hall, a sizable proportion of the audience rose in a standing ovation. Who or what were they applauding? William Wellman, dead these 40-odd years, for an inspired piece of film-making? ...

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Birdsong – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adapation: Rachel Wagstaff                       Directors: Alistair Whatley/Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Birdsong first opened in London’s West End in 2010 to much acclaim and subsequently, went on a UK tour from 2013-15.  Birdsong is currently embarking on another tour during 2018 and is stopping at many venues including York’s Theatre Royal. Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong (1993) is adapted for ...

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Birdsong – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff (adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks) Directors: Alastair Whatley and Charlotte Peters Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting: Alex Wardle Sound: Dominic Bilkey Reviewer: Janet Jepson Any mention of the First World War, otherwise known as the Great War, evokes in most people a sense of waste. All those young, often underage, innocent lives lost needlessly; swathes of ...

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The Wipers Times – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

Writers : Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Steve Turner Familiar to many from his television appearances and his editorship of Private Eye, it should come as no surprise that, Ian Hislop’s The Wipers Times is shot through with satire, digs at authority and also a couple of more contemporary jabs at some familiar targets. Written together ...

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