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Ensemble 360: Passion/Patronage – CAST, Doncaster

Violinist Benjamin Nabarro

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ensemble 360 continues the wonderfully democratic approach to music making pioneered by the late Peter Cropper with the Lindsay Quartet at Sheffield’s Crucible Studio. When Cropper and the Lindsays gave up Music in the Round, Ensemble 360 took it on and has now established a further outpost at CAST in Doncaster. The Second Space at CAST can ...

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Dare Devil Rides to Jarama – Studio Theatre, Harrogate

Writer: Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Musical Director: John Kirkpatrick Lighting Designer: Daniella Beattie Reviewer: Ron Simpson With Townsend Productions you know what to expect: an important left-wing subject, an entertaining, involving and informative mix of song, comedy and serious agitprop, two men in their time playing many parts (and several instruments), an ingenious production by Louise Townsend that disguises ...

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This Might Hurt – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Photo Credit Amy Charles Media

Writer: John Godber Director: John Godber Designer: Foxton Reviewer: Ron Simpson In a programme interview John Godber refers to Alan Ayckbourn saying that, just when you think, “That’s it, I’ve written enough”, another idea comes into your head. To maintain inspiration Godber has often mined his own family experience, next January’s production of The Empty Nesters’ Club a case in ...

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Northern Broadsides: When We Are Married – York Theatre Royal

Northern Broadsides

Writer: J.B. Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Jessica Worrall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nearly a quarter of a century ago Northern Broadsides was founded on the premise of doing classical theatre, mostly, but not solely, Shakespeare, with a Northern voice and taking it to non-theatrical venues. The company is still doing that, but the scope has steadily enlarged to take in ...

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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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Henceforward… – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Set Designer: Roger Glossop Costume Designer: Rebecca Cartwright Reviewer: Ron Simpson Henceforward... has almost too many ideas for its own good – and they fit together somewhat uneasily at times. On its West End transfer in 1987, it won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award. Yet, earlier in the year Alan Ayckbourn had planned ...

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Richmond Jazz Festival – Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

Performers: Alexander Bone Trio Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Richmond Jazz Festival fills the Georgian Theatre Royal for three nights. A Grade 1 listed building that first opened to the public in 1788 might seem an odd setting for a jazz concert, but in fact, it provides a superbly intimate setting for small group jazz, with a surprisingly large capacity (214 ...

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Dead Sheep – CAST, Doncaster

Steve Nallon in Dead Sheep

Writer: Jonathan Maitland Director: Ian Talbot Designer: Morgan Large Reviewer: Ron Simpson The outward and visible signs are that Dead Sheep is a satire: the title based on Denis Healey’s famous gibe, the presence in the cast of Steve Nallon, once Spitting Image’s outrageously accurate Mrs. Thatcher, even the “Very Funny” press comment in the publicity material. But it is ...

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