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War Requiem – Leeds Town Hall

Performed by: BBC Philharmonic, Leeds Festival Chorus, City of Glasgow Chorus, Cantabile Choir Composed by: Benjamin Britten Reviewed by: Rich Jevons Some 40 years on from its original commission, Benjamin Britten's haunting, and at times harrowing, War Requeim still packs a powerful punch. Britten combines Wilfred Owen's war poetry with the Latin Missa pro defunctis to great effect. As Simon Lindley ...

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Juliet & Romeo – Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds

Conceived and directed: Ben Duke Devised and performed: Ben Duke & Solène Weinachter Reviewer: Rich Jevons The tagline for Lost Dogs new show, claims that it: ...tells the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well they lived at least. We now find ...

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Leeds International Film Festival – The Kindergarten Teacher

Music: Asher Goldschmitt Director: Sara Colangelo Reviewer: Rich Jevons Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Lisa Spinelli who has a day job as a kindergarten teacher. She lives out a fairly banal existence but has aspirations to be a successful poet. Her attempts at poetry for her evening class in creative writing are fairly uninspired. That is until she starts to plagiarise the ...

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Leeds International Film Festival – Wild Strawberries

Writer & Director: Ingmar Bergman Music: Erik Nordgren Reviewer: Rich Jevons Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället) from 1957 is written and directed by the Swedish Svengali Ingmar Bergman and tackles the eternal question of our mortality and the meaning of our lives, especially as one approaches old age. Professor Isak Borg (played by silent cinema actor-director Victor Sjöström) is a 78-year-old widower. ...

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Partition – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: Nick Ahad Director: Stefan Escreet Reviewer: Rich Jevons Leeds-based writer Nick Ahad's radio drama Partition has returned to Leeds Playhouse after a sell-out debut at the venue in 2017, before being broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds. The new cast of four actors – Sushil Cludasama, Balviner Sopal, Mez Galaria and Luke Walker - take on a range of characters ...

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Leeds International Film Festival – The Drunkard’s Lament

Writer & Director: Jim Finn Reviewer: Rich Jevons The narrative of Jim Finn's The Drunkard's Lament is based on letters by Branwell Brontë, on the subject (mainly) of his sister Emily's Wuthering Heights. And, of course, there is a fair amount about his addiction to liquor and opium, too. He also waxes lyrical about his affair with a married woman ...

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Leeds International Film Festival – Colette

Director: Wash Westmoreland   Writers: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland & Rebecca Lenkiewicz Reviewer: Rich Jevons This biopic of French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette begins with her husband-to-be, writer and critic Henry Gauthier-Villars (known by his pen name Willy), visiting her as an ingénue in provincial Burgundy. We see them make love in a barn near her family home and this sets the ...

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NEWS: Ditto Theatre Company win Beyond The Fringe Award

The Reviews Hub were delighted to announce Ditto Theatre Company as winners of our inaugural Beyond The Fringe Award at Brighton Fringe’s annual award ceremony last night [4 June 2017] for their production of Ingo’s War at The Warren, Brighton. The awards invited applications from companies premiering work at Brighton Fringe 2017 who had ambitions to tour that work nationally. ...

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