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Wasteland – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Artistic Director: Gary Clarke Musical Director: Steven Roberts Reviewer: Jonathan Cash Gary Clarke is pulling no punches as he goes back to his roots to look at the devastation wrought on mining communities by the pit closures of the nineteen eighties and nineties.  Following on from his earlier piece, ‘Coal’, which portrayed the miners’ strike, Wasteland is a fierce and ...

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Wonderland – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Beth Steel Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Chris Collett The 1984 to 1985 miner’s strike was one of the UK’s most bitterly fought industrial disputes. Pit communities were torn apart as some miners joined the picket lines, while others continued to work, becoming social pariahs. Beth Steel’s Wonderland tells the story of the strike from both the perspective of the ...

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A Christmas Carol – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Neil Bartlett Director: Mark Calvert Reviewer: Chris Collett Northern Stage’s Christmas shows could never be accused of lacking in ambition. 2016’s James and the Giant Peach and last year’s Alice in Wonderland were supersized affairs performed on cavernous sets, which thrilled audiences with a frenetic mix of live music, physical theatre, and dance. A Christmas Carol uses the same ...

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Clear White Light – Live Theatre, Newcastle

Writer: Paul Sirett Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Chris Collett The main problem with Paul Sirett's Clear White Light is that it can’t decide what it wants to be. It's part mental health comedy-drama, part Gothic ghost story, part jukebox musical and part Corbyn-ist polemic on the dire state of the NHS. On their own, each of these elements have their own ...

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Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein – Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Book: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan Music & Lyrics: Mel Brooks Direction & Choreography: Susan Stroman Reviewer: Mark Clegg It’s been ten years since Mel Brooks debuted his sophomore musical Young Frankenstein on Broadway. Greeted with mixed reviews and living in the shadow of its predecessor The Producers, the musical lasted just over a year before touring the US and ...

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Sacrѐ Blue – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Zoё Murtagh &Tory Copeland Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Sacrѐ Blue isa refreshing solo performance by Zoe Murtagh, who has a unique style of telling her story and what it’s like to suffer from anxiety and experience panics attacks. Murtagh invites the audience into her bubble full of fears of dying, other people’s perceptions, being alone and losing her loved ones ...

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Dark and Lovely – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Selina Thompson Director: Emma Beverley Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Inspired by the cultural, the social debate surrounding black hair and the contribution it makes to our understanding of black identity, Selina Thompson explores what it means to be Black, British and female in the 21st Century. She invites the audience into her life, from inside a cosy, warm and strangely ...

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Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just For Graphs – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Reviewer: Gemma Hirst When Albert Einstein discovered the theory of relativity, he probably never imagined it would be adapted for the stage in a production where a trio of nerds, who refer to themselves as Festival of the Spoken Nerd, educate audiences as to the data behind the graph. The cast consists of Steve Mould, Matt Parker and Helen Arney ...

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