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Trojan Horse – Leeds Playhouse

Writers: Helen Monk and Matt Woodhead Director: Matt Woodhead Reviewer: Rich Jevons Lung Theatre Company opens the newly refurbished Leeds Playhouse in this much-anticipated production. It is based on the 2014 ‘Trojan horse’ scandal in Birmingham which obtained considerable press coverage and vehement debate. Prompted by a suspect letter that planned the infiltration of Birmingham schools by Muslim extremists. This ...

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Random – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: Debbie Tucker Green Director:  Gbolahan Obisesan Reviewer: Rich Jevons Debbie Tucker Green’s Random benefits from a script that combines the everyday with the sensational without giving up its gritty realism and compulsive drama. Yes, there is much tragedy here, but always complemented with the West Indians’ nuclear family’s sense of normality. Max Johns’ set is made up of stacked-up ...

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Leeds Palestinian Film Festival – Stitching Palestine

Director: Carol Mansour Reviewer: Rich Jevons 12 Palestinian women discuss their lives before and after the diaspora, each connected by their love of embroidery. It is the story of their homeland and their accounts are intensely personal. The documentary begins with the bold statement: Those women who remained in their homeland were accused of non-existence. It was said to them: ...

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Leeds Palestinian Film Festival – Roadmap to Apartheid

Director: Eron Davidson & Ana Nogueira Narrator: Alice Walker Reviewer: Rich Jevons Ana Nogueira (a white South African) and Eron Davidson (a Jewish Israeli) make their debut documentary comparing the systems of apartheid in South Africa and Palestine. It makes parallels through using archive footage, interviews, and commentary and presents a convincing case for both the way injustice is being ...

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War Horse: The Story in Concert – Leeds Town Hall

Music: Adrian Sutton Writer: Michael Morpurgo Songs: John Tams Drawings and artwork: Rae Smith Conductor: David Angus Narrators: Michael Morpurgo, Juliet Stevenson Performed by: Orchestra of Opera North, St Peter’s Singers Reviewer: Rich Jevons Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse has been seen in both theatre and film to great success, not to mention being a best-seller. But War Horse: The Story in ...

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra | Tchaikovsky, Korngold & Mussorgsky – Leeds Town Hall

Conductor: Vasily Petrenko Composers: Tchaikovsky, Korngold, Mussorgsky Reviewer: Rich Jevons The first part of this triple bill sees Tchaikovsky looking at forbidden love, notably Francesca’s adultery which led to her incarceration in Dante’s Hell. There is a brooding intro which then stirs into a tempest of frenzied and frenetic strings. And there are more reflective and solemn moments. But love ...

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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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