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Victoria – Leeds Grand

Choreography, Direction & Scenario: Cathy Marston Dramaturgy & Scenario: Uzma Hameed Music: Philip Feeney Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Queen Victoria is most notably recognised as an iconic elderly lady who spent most of her life in mourning for her late husband Albert. Previously the longest-serving monarch in British history until Elizabeth II stole her great-great-grandmother’s crown in 2015. In celebration of ...

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Terrible Tudors – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Benedict Martin Writer: Book by Terry Deary / Adapted by John-Paul Cherrington Reviewer: Helen Tope Disgusting, barbarous and just plain gross, Terrible Tudors is a production that gives us the best of the worst. Reveling in the period covering Henry VII to his grand-daughter, Elizabeth I, Terrible Tudors explores a time in history we think we know. Books, films, television programmes – the ...

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On Behalf of the People – National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield

Writer: Ray Castleton Director: Charlie Kenber Designer: Carl Davies Reviewer: Ron Simpson On Behalf of the People was commissioned from The Melting Shop by the National Coal Mining Museum as part of its commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the nationalisation of the mining industry. Ray Castleton claims that it’s about the people, not the politics, but in fact, it’s ...

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History History History – Exeter Phoenix

Director: Deborah Pearson Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts History is a complex thing, and whether familiar or unknown family history is something everyones thought about. Canadian born theatre maker Deborah Pearson brings us History History History, a poignant look at her own history and the history of a country that was once home to her Grandparents. Resembling something more of a lecture ...

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Shackleton – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Niall Henry Reviewer: David Keane Just over 100 years ago, at the outbreak of the First World War, Anglo-Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew embarked on what was grandiosely named the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Shackleton and his men were not long into their journey when they encountered their first somewhat predicable problem; ice. In what would become a ...

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The Ireland Trilogy – Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Creator: THEATREclub Music and Sound: Barry O’Connor, Seán Miller, Gerard Kelly, Frank Sweeney, Rob Moloney Director: Grace Dyas Reviewer: Sarah O'Toole Dublin-based theatre collective THEATREclub believe “that theatre can change the world by starting conversations that send ripples towards social change”. The Ireland Trilogy, with which they made their Abbey Theatre début on the Peacock Stage this Saturday, brings a necessarily reflexive ...

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The Gaul – Hull Truck Theatre

The loss of the Gaul was the greatest single-trawler tragedy in UK history

Writer: Janet Plater Director: Mark Babych Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson The loss of the Gaul and all 36 of her crew in 1974 is regarded as the greatest single-trawler tragedy in UK history. It has left a permanent mark on the former Hull fishing community: only two years ago a memorial service commemorated 40 years since the sinking. ...

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Mystery Plays – York Minster

Lucifer - The Last Judgement

Writer: Mike Poulton Directors: Phillip Breen and Becky Hope-Palmer Musical Director: Richard Shephard Reviewer: Rich Jevons After a gap of some 16 years,the Mystery Plays are back in York Minster, reviving a tradition that dates back to the 14th Century. Designed both to educate and inspire, the plays tell the Biblical story from Creation to the Last Judgement. It is ...

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