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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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Sleeping Beauty – CAST, Doncaster

Esther-Grace Button as Fairy Nightshade in Sleeping Beauty at CAST

Director: Kully Thiarai Writers: Matthew Bugg and Tobias Oliver Reviewer: Andrew White   It’s that time of year again for theatres all over the land to switch into Panto mode (Oh, yes it is!) and Doncaster’s CAST is no exception. In fact, the CAST Pantomime is something of a tradition – even if this is only the venue‘s third one. ...

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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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Godspell in Concert – Sage Gateshead

Writer: John-Michael Tebelak Producer (concert): Russell Scott &Mark Petitt Director: Kenneth Avery-Clark MD: Russell Scott Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Originally opening Off-Broadway in 1971, Godspell is a musical about a group of believers who follow Jesus, learning about and sharing his teachings in a series of parables. The production is directed in such a way that we as the audience allow ...

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Cyrano de Bergerac – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Translated by Antony Burgess and of the play by Edmond Rostand Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Cyrano de Bergerac is a poet and a soldier, yet he is also a frivolous romantic around the female persuasion. And to top it off, he has the largest nose in the whole of France. Falling in love with Roxanne, who is ...

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