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Thrill Me – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer/Composer: Stephen Dolginoff Director: Guy Retallack Musical Director: Tom Turner Reviewer: Ron Simpson A new production on a nearly bare stage of an off-Broadway musical with a cast of two and a pianist/accompanist sounds pretty small-scale, but Thrill Me is a highly accomplished piece and Guy Retallack’s production for Climar Productions is as polished as it is powerful. The Leopold ...

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Little Terrors – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer, Director &Choreographer: Madeline Shann Music: Rob Hart Reviewer: Beverley Haigh In her debut solo show, Madeline Shann promises to explore our fears and ‘look at our unpredictable world through the eyes of someone who is afraid of pretty much everything’, a dance lecture using movement and humour to explain ‘why life is terrifying’. In reality, she treats us to ...

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The Life and Loves of a Nobody – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer: Rachael Walton Directed by: Rachael Walton Reviewer: Peter Gray In an interesting take on The Life and Loves of a Nobody, Third Angel faced a challenging dilemma regarding their dramatic choices forthis piece. Their chosen route is peppered with tonal devices to purposely create an atmosphere of dullness and disappointment which permeate the performance throughout. The obvious temptation to ...

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That’s Amore – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer: Chris Fittock Original Music and Sound Designer: Meike Holzmann Director: Elinor Randle Reviewer: Rich Jevons Tmesis’ That’s Amore begins with the introduction of a primitive primal instinct evolving slowly into something more cerebral; lust becomes love. Played with rawness and wildness like unfettered wild beasts to more tender and sensitive behaviour, it is as if we are landing into ...

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United We Stand – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer: Neil Gore Musical Director: John Kirkpatrick Director: Louise Townsend Reviewer: Sue Collier Louise Townsend’s Production of United We Stand is a two act play offering a highly entertaining account of the 1972 National Building Strike. The strike aimed to improve pay and safety conditions for those working in the building industry at a time when many builders died as ...

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She Stoops to Conquer – Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Director: Conrad Nelson Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer is a rarity, being a humorous play of the 18th century still regularly performed today. It’s an obvious choice for award-winning company Northern Broadsides, with their avowed intent to breathe new life into classical texts. At home in Liberty Hall, Mr. ...

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Circus of Horrors: London After Midnight – Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Director: Dr. Haze Reviewer: Holly Spanner Circus of Horrors are celebrating 18th bloody years of Shock ‘n’ Roll, after having recently made their way through to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent. In these 18 years, they have gained somewhat of a cult following with audience members arriving in capes, stockings and top hats. Featuring a variety of circus acts ...

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Secret Diaries – Chapel Theatre Arts Centre, Halifax

Writer: Sarah Evans Director: Rachel Moorhouse Reviewer: Jessie Cohen Secret Diaries is a teenage coming-out narrative set in provincial England, spanning the mid-eighties, early nineties and the present day. Protagonist Hayley (Sarah Emmott) returns to her family home in 2014 where she confronts her father (Michael Forrest), a closeted homosexual who lives by the cowardly philosophy that “the truth doesn’t ...

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