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The Anatomy of Melancholy – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Robert Burton Adaptor: Stan’s Café Director: James Yarker and the cast Reviewer: Jo Beggs “The show is long and full of content” advises the programme for The Anatomy of Melancholy, “Don’t worry if you find yourself drifting off and thinking of something else. This is natural – just enjoy those thoughts and when they end come back to the ...

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The Anatomy of Melancholy – Ovalhouse, London

Writer: Robert Burton Director: James Yarker Reviewer: Jon Wainwright [rating:4] As adaptations go, this is ambitious in at least two ways: to bring in nearly 1,500 pages of a Renaissance self-help manual at a shade under three hours, and to bring to life material that is both undramatic and, even on a charitable interpretation, largely cobblers. The evening is divided ...

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The Anatomy of Melancholy – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: Robert Burton, adapted by Stan’s Cafe Directors: James Yarker, Gerard Bell, Rochi Rampal, Graeme Rose, Craig Stephens Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] The REP’s Bedlam festival, The Festival of Mad Ideas continues with local performance group, Stan’s Café, a group of artists from a number of disciplines working under the direction of James Yarker, with their adaptation of The Anatomy ...

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The Anatomy of Melancholy – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer: Robert Burton Director: James Yarker Reviewer: Nicole Evans [rating:4.5] The Anatomy of Melancholy is a 17th century self help book written by Robert Burton that consists of 1,424 pages of somewhat argumentative observations on the causes, symptoms and cures for melancholy. Primarily referred to as a medical text, the content ranges from Burton’s own observations, to a random collection ...

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The Cardinals – The Roundhouse, London

Devised by: Alia Alzougbi, Gerard Bell, Graeme Rose, Craig Stephens Director: James Yarker Reviewer: Mary Halton [rating:4] The Cardinals enters and leaves the world with a scream; not unlike, one imagines, many of its characters. A devised puppet show mime that delineates the (violent!) history of Christianity, as enacted by three straight faced cardinals, may not sound like everyone’s theatrical ...

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The Just Price of Flowers – Birmingham Rep @AE Harris, Birmingham

Writer: James Yarker Music: Brian Duffy Lyrics: Craig Stephens Director: James Yarker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] According to the British journalist Charles Mackay writing in 1841, an incredible speculative fever struck 17th century Holland: Tulipomania. The tulip was an exotic eastern import, much prized for its flawless petals, and even more when that was ‘broken’ and the petals became streaked ...

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