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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Kevin Finnan

Motionhouse bring a new-adrenaline-fuelled multi-media dance theatre production to Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre this January before embarking on a UK tour. Rich Jevons talks to Artistic Director Kevin Finnan MBE about the history of the company and the significance of the current work Broken. Firstly, could you tell us how Motionhouse was formed? Motionhouse was a collaboration between Louise Richards ...

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Without Stars & There We Have Been – LBT, Huddersfield

Choreographer: James Cousins Composer &Sound Design: Seymour Milton Reviewer: Rich Jevons As a reviewer it’s sometimes hard to approach a dance piece with a blank canvas, especially having discussed the production with its choreographer, in this case James Cousins.But whatever expectancies you have for this show are simply blown wide open by this dynamic and daring performance. Both pieces are ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with James Cousins

The Public Reviews’ Rich Jevons catches up with choreographer James Cousins, whose dance company are bringing a revival of the 2012 There We Have Been and new work Without Stars, both inspired by Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood, to the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield later this month before heading to The Place in London. What first inspired you to ...

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Dave Spikey: Punchlines – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Dave Spikey Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Punchlines – the part of the joke that makes you laugh. The bit that twists the expected out come into something absurd or unexpected and imbues a normal scene with humour. Or as Dave Spikey points out, actually it adds humour to a scene we’ve taken as normal which really wouldn’t be: A lion ...

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England, Arise! – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Mick Martin Music: Jamie Lockhart and Lee Smith Director: Jude Wright Reviewer: Sue Collier The play begins with the five strong cast presenting themselves with a lively explanation of the forthcoming story before singing ‘England Arise’. This bright and chipper start to the evening immediately draws one’s attention to the play’s subject. As a result of his strong socialist ...

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Lost Boy Racer – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Julie Amanda Bokowiec Music: Mark Bokowiec Director: Liz Postlethwaite Reviewer: Ruth Jepson “Do you remember when the stabilisers came off?” So starts Lost Boy Racer, a bike themed show about so much more than the Tour Du France. Set in a hair salon and a mechanics bike hut, La Grand Boucle is used as a strong metaphor for the ...

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Man of the Moment – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Phil Butterfield Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Following two years as company director of the National Theatre, Ayckbourn returned to Scarborough to direct Man of the Moment, his 35th play, which premiered in 1988. The play was inspired by thoughts about Great Train robber Buster Edwards. He had become something of a celebrity after serving ...

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Teechers – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer/Director: John Godber Set/Lighting: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Rosie Revell Rarely a week goes by where the education system, or more accurately the state of it, is not in the headlines. With a new curriculum looming for the youth of Britain today, and the emphasis moving away from the arts, never has a revival of John Godber’s Teechers, a bitingly clever ...

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