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Zara – The Piece Hall, Halifax

Director: Joyce Lee Reviewer: Jay Nuttall On the courtyard of Halifax’s eighteenth-century textile trading headquarters, The Piece Hall, are protesters with placards demanding Zara’s rights. Cherry pickers, heavy plant machinery and even a tank lie in wait for their cue as fake rolling news coverage ramp up the expectation of the birth of Zara’s baby. Part narrative, part light installation ...

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Animalcolm – Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Writer: David Baddiel Adapted by: Adam Fletcher-Forde Music: David Perkins Directors: Julia Black & Adam Fletcher-Forde Reviewer: Jay Nuttall David Walliams might seem to have the monopoly on his children’s books being made into stage shows but David Baddiel’s Animalcolm has also made the crossover from page to stage and is currently on a national UK tour after premiering at the Edinburgh ...

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Where We Began – Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax

Writer: Rosie MacPherson Director: Hannah Butterfield Reviewer: Rich Jevons Stand and Be Counted (SBC), UK’s first ‘Theatre Company of Sanctuary’, follow their 2016 production Tanja with a further examination of the flaws in the immigration system and the treatment of asylum seekers taken to its own inevitably nightmarish end. Shireen Farkhoy as The Transition Guide (Persian British Actor) is a ...

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Get Well Soon – Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Writer: Ged Cooper Director: Marianne McNamara Composer/Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson In Get Well Soon, Danuta, the Polish nurse, is fond of explaining everything by means of Polish proverbs; one turns out to be much the same as “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That seems to be the formula by which Mikron Theatre operates. Having devised ...

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Hard Times – Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapter: Deborah McAndrew Director/Composer: Conrad Nelson Designer: Dawn Allsopp Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson Northern Broadsides’ return to the Viaduct Theatre for the first time since the departure of Barrie Rutter, finds the company absolutely at the top of its game. Deborah McAndrew’s adaptation of Dickens’ Hard Times is as theatrically expansive as Conrad Nelson’s ...

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The Nutcracker – Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Artistic Director: Konstantin Uralsky Reviewer: Jim Gillespie A perennial Christmas favourite, with an appeal across the generations, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has been entertaining audiences with the ballet version of Hoffmann’s 1819 story of The Nutcracker and The Mouse King since 1892. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House are now touring their version of the ballet throughout ...

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…And this is My Friend Mr Laurel – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writers: Gail Louw and Jeffrey Holland Reviewer: Ron Simpson …And this is My Friend Mr Laurel is a very pleasing example of theatre at its simplest. No director is listed for Jeffrey Holland’s sympathetic and mostly understated performance and the set consists of a bed frame and a chair. All we have is an immortal comedy partnership, brought to life ...

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INTERVIEW: Conrad Nelson…on The Winter’s Tale

Conrad Nelson’s long career at Northern Broadsides has taken in directing (Hamlet) or playing the lead rôle (Richard III among others) in several iconic Shakespeare plays. In The Winter’s Tale, he combines the two, playing Leontes as well as directing, as he explained to Ron Simpson. Is this the first time you’ve directed and taken the lead rôle for Northern ...

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