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Get Carter – CAST, Doncaster

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Writer: Torben Betts Adapted from: Jack’s Return Home by Ted Lewis Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Ron Simpson To most people Get Carter calls to mind violent scenes in iconic settings, whether multi-storey car park or industrial wasteland by the Tyne. However, Torben Betts and Lorne Campbell, while keeping the title and location of the film, have based Northern Stage’s adaptation ...

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INTERVIEW: Kully Thiarai, her Curtain Call and CAST

By Ron Simpson On 25 April 2016, CAST in Doncaster is to hold a special event, a “Give What You Can” fundraising evening for the theatre with Artistic Director Kully Thiarai, joined by friends and guests for an evening of memories, music and performance. The special significance of what is certain to be a warm-hearted and entertaining evening is that ...

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Interview: Barrie Rutter on The Merry Wives

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By Ron Simpson Two hours before the matinee performance of The Merry Wives at the home of Northern Broadsides, Dean Clough Mill in Halifax, Barrie Rutter is talking about the production. The flowing hair and trim beard are part of his character of Sir John Falstaff; the fat suit will come later. For a play ostensibly set in Windsor, Northern ...

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NEWS: Red Ladder launch of Leeds Lads

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By Ron Simpson A community play usually means that the cast is made up of members of the community who have the opportunity to take part in a play under professional direction and with professional back-up. Leeds Lads, to be staged in June by Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with the Carriageworks Theatre and Leeds Civic Arts Guild, fulfils ...

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Hansel & Gretel – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Peter Basham as Hansel and Elinor Lawless as Gretel

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Henry Bell Designer: Lucy Weller Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mike Kenny is an expert at approaching children’s stories from an unusual angle, telling them from an oblique viewpoint, often that of invented characters who play a rôle in the traditional story. In this respect his version of Hansel &Gretel is less original than many of his other ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Lutosławski, Mahler – Huddersfield Town Hall

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Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Ron Simpson In July 2016, Richard Farnes leaves his post after 12 years as Music Director of Opera North. His tenure has been remarkably successful in many ways, not least his relationship with the orchestra which, already excellent in 2004, has reached new heights under his stewardship. His final concert in the Kirklees Concert Season was ...

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Nine Lives – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Zodwa Nyoni Director: Alex Chisholm Composer: Jonathan Girling Sound Design: Ed Clarke Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nine Lives was originally commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse last year as part of the A Play, a Pint and a Pint programme. Now it is halfway through a fairly lengthy tour for Leeds Studio in association with the Playhouse. It still shows its ...

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A Steady Rain – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Keith Huff Director: Andrew Pearson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Remarkably, Vincent Regan combines a lucrative career in Hollywood historical/mythical blockbusters with the post of Artistic Director of East Riding Theatre. The current performances of A Steady Rain prove two things: the new theatre can sustain sizeable and appreciative audiences for a challenging, very un-Beverley play and Vincent Regan is not ...

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