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Aladdin – LBT, Huddersfield

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Joyce Branagh Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Assistant Director: Rachel Gee Designer: Mark Walters at Glitter Pantomimes Reviewer: Ron Simpson Aladdin follows the always successful formula of the Lawrence Batley Theatre – and indeed several other theatres in the area: an essentially traditional approach, though with regional variation, a talented and hard-working ensemble of maybe seven or ...

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Charge – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Music: Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson Director: Kevin Finnan Choreography: Kevin Finnan, with additional material from the company Reviewer: Rich Jevons Charge is the final part of Motionhouse’s Earth Trilogy, developing on themes explored in Scattered (2009) and Broken (2013), celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary. Director Kevin Finnan worked closely with Professor Frances Ashcroft of Oxford University, author of The ...

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Gaudete – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Ted Hughes Dramaturgy: Kate Papi, Oliviero Papi Director: Kate Papi Reviewer: Ron Simpson Gaudete is one of the more controversial of Ted Hughes’ writings. Variously described as a prose poem or a poetic novel, it takes as its bizarre subject the abduction of the Rev. Nicholas Lumb from his West Riding village by elemental spirits and his replacement by ...

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Woman in Mind – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Paul Chamberlain Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Ruth Jepson “Nothing is what he is, no one is who he seems…” In the second of two alternating Ayckbourn productions, is the tale of Susan – the titular Woman in Mind – and her two families, one real, one a fantastical hallucination. Following an unfortunateincident with a garden rake, ...

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Invisible Friends – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Ruth Jepson You mustn’t talk like that about invisible people. You mustn’t wish ‘em dead! What would you do if your invisible friend not only became suddenly visiblebut also offered to take you away from your boring, grumpy, cares-about-anything-but-you family? Would you stay, or would you wish that your parents and brother would ...

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PREVIEW: The LBT Autumn/Winter Launch

Ron Simpson joins the audience on September 7th to meet some of the directors, actors and musicians involved in the Autumn/Winter season at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield. A Season Preview at Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre is not just a matter of wine and nibbles for arts editors, reviewers and patrons. In recent years, the theatre has presented a full ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Adam Sunderland, director of The Jungle Book

The Public Reviews’ Rich Jevons chats to director Adam Sunderland about his work with young people and the new production of The Jungle Book at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield. What was it like doing the Heinz tomato soup commercial as a child? It was a bit like with these we’re working with at the moment in Kirklees on The ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Barely Methodical troupe’s Louis Gift

Rich Jevons discusses the extraordinary acrobatic antics of Barely Methodical troupe with Louis Gift who explains the techniques they use to tell a tale of three lads together in their forthcoming show Bromance at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield. For the benefit of readers who aren’t specialists in circus skills could you explain some of the techniques you use? Parkour is ...

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