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Karaoke – Holbeck Underground Ballroom, Leeds

Text and Music: Sammy Metcalfe Created by: Sleepwalk Collective Reviewer: Rich Jevons For Sleepwalk Collective’s Karaoke, two performers read and act from an autocue which we, the audience, can also see as projected on a screen. This is by no means a test of Iara Solano Arana and Sammy Metcalfe’s performing talents; they deliberately under-act and are completely deadpan throughout. ...

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Macbeth – Queens Hall, Hexham

Writer: Shakespeare Music: Rax Timyr Director: Jatinder Verma Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Tara Arts Theatre Company version of Macbeth is a traditional telling of the story infused with a dash of Asian culture. Macbeth is the story of a man who craves the power of becoming King, doing whatever he can to achieve his goal. Putting his faith in witches and ...

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Nicobobinus – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Terry Jones Adapter and director: John Ward Composer and Musical Director: Eilidh deBonnaire Reviewer: Ron Simpson John Ward’s version of Terry Jones’ children’s story was originally staged as the Christmas show at London’s LOST Theatre. Now, as the joint production by Red Ladder and DumbWise tours the North and Midlands, there’s still a touch of Christmas cheer about the ...

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Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell – Gala Theatre, Durham

Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Jay Rayner, restaurant critic, writer, broadcaster, journalist and TV personality. This tour is called My Dining Hell after his latest book containing a number of his worst restaurant critiques. As Rayner says, “…we are always fascinated about other people’s terrible experiences”. Someone else having a worse day makes us feel better, generally about ourselves and our day. ...

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Dreaming in Code – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Choreographers: Tasmin Fitzgerald, Eddie Kay (for Frantic Assembly) Music: Alex Baranowski, Angus MacRae Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood 2Faced Dance Company is currently presenting their double bill, Dreaming In Code. The award winning all-male dance company is known for their innovative performances that tell stories which are relevant in today’s society. First of all, young artists from D M Academy, working in ...

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Edward Scissorhands – Alhambra, Bradford

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Terry Davies Sets and Costumer: Lez Brotherston Reviewer: Rosie Revell Matthew Bourne’s revival of his 2005 all ballet version of Edward Scissorhands is a pleasant, magical surprise that evokes beautifully the 1990 Tim Burton’s movie of the same name. Burton’s suburban fairy tale tells the story of lonely Edward, whose creator dies before he ...

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Rapunzel – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Music: Murray Gold Director: Liv Lorent Reviewer: Rich Jevons BalletLORENT’s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s Rapunzel manages to be family friendly while still being highly emotional and enchanting for an adult audience finding their inner child. The fairy tale’s narrative quest is based around a longing for a child; firstly the barren Wife and her Husband; ...

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We’re Not Going Back – City Varieties, Leeds

Written by: Boff Whalley Musical Arrangements by: Beccy Owen Directed by: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Peter Gray We’re Not Going Back is a subtly radical piece of powerful theatre from Red Ladder, which transports us back full thirty years to when political decisions threatened the existence of a national industry and its communities. Set in a re-representation of the 1984-85 Miners’ ...

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