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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Ruth Johnson as Queen of the Field Mouses + ensemble

Writer: Caroline Bird based on the novel by G L Frank Baun Music: Jeremy Bradfield Director: Mark Calvert Designer: Rhys Jarma Reviewer: Anna Ambelez The Wizard of Oz, originally an American children’s novel published in 1900, went on to be the perennial favorite, blockbuster film The Yellow Brick Road. This production is adapted from that original story. The entire stage ...

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Macbeth – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writer: William Shakespeare Created by Filter Theatre Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Ambition, power, politics, corruption, murder and more, this is Macbeth. The plot dealing with these themes is indeed a horror story. Macbeth essentially concerns the warrior’s rise to power and consequent downfall. This modern interpretation endeavors to tell the story by stripping it down to selected spliced text with musical ...

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Mamela – Live Theatre, Newcastle

Script Editors: Gez Casey and Ziphozhake Hiobo Director: Amy Golding Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Singing, lights, seven women and seven chairs take to the space. Mamela centres around the “born free” generation born near the end of Aparthied; seven South African women from the Eastern Cape give their thoughts on family, politics, men, religion and their aspirations based on their personal ...

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Spring Awakening – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writer: Frank Wedekind new version by Anya Reiss Director: Ben Kidd Reviewer: Anna Ambelez ‘”We are the parents, we know best” says one of the actors, but do they? This play asks just that; do the adults that shape children and their future, really understand them? An open, grey, metallic, unforgiving stage, alive with teenagers going about their day greets ...

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The Events – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writer: David Greig Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: Anna Ambelez How do communities and individuals heal after traumatic violence? This production deals with that scenario and one individual in particular; a parish priest called Claire (Amanda Drew). While taking the choir in the village hall, an armed young man (Clifford Samuel) enters and fires. He is discriminating towards his victims, which ...

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How To Occupy An Oil Rig – Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Writer: Daniel Bye with Kathryn Beaumont and Jack Bennett Music: Jamie Fletcher Director: Dick Bonham and Sarah Pushon Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Imagine if the Tweenies, Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men or any other children’s TV show turned into a piece of political performance and it was to be played live at Northern Stage, then How To Occupy an ...

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The Table – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Devised and Directed: BLind SumMiT Theatre Music: Lemey and Friedel Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Blind SumMiT Theatre are puppetry innovators; innovative is adventurous, fresh, imaginative and inventive, all adjectives that fit the companies work. The Table is where Moses, the central character lives. He relates a story about God, himself, life, death and puppetry. Moses is a bit of an old ...

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