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The Woman in Black – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Assistant Director: Antony Eden Reviewer: Janet Jepson There’s nothing like a good, honest, spine-chilling ghost story to bring an audience together at the edges of their seats. Suspense and horror seem to lend themselves to uniting individuals as if to ward off the threat posed onstage. Such is ...

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s – The Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Adapted by Richard Greenberg from the novella by Truman Capote Music: Grant Olding Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Melanie Knott Reviewer: Janet Jepson The author of the novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote, is often quoted to be the godfather of celebrity culture, and as such deserves his place in posterity. Standing at only 5'3" he was a giant of ...

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The Gaul – Hull Truck Theatre

The loss of the Gaul was the greatest single-trawler tragedy in UK history

Writer: Janet Plater Director: Mark Babych Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson The loss of the Gaul and all 36 of her crew in 1974 is regarded as the greatest single-trawler tragedy in UK history. It has left a permanent mark on the former Hull fishing community: only two years ago a memorial service commemorated 40 years since the sinking. ...

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Billy Budd – The Grand, Leeds

Photo credit Clive Barda

Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: E.M. Forster Director: Orpha Phelan Conductor: Garry Walker Reviewer: Sue Collier This Opera North production of Billy Bud is in two acts and is based on the short story Billy Budd by Herman Melville. The story is set in 1797, at a time when the French are revolting and there is great enmity between Britain and ...

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Ballet Black Triple Bill – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Ballet Black (C) Bill Cooper

Founder &Artistic Director: Cassa Pancho MBE Music: Steve Reich, Dustin O’ Halloran, Kurt Weill Choreographer: Arthur Pita, Christopher Marney, Christopher Hampson Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Founded in 2001 by Cassa Pancho with the intention of providing a platform for dancers of black and Asian origin, Ballet Black has become much more than this, carving out a niche for themselves. As a ...

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Broken Biscuits – Live Theatre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Poster Image for Broken Biscuits

Writer: Tom Wells Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Three school friends meet in Megan’s (Faye Christall) shed over the summer to try and change their lives. We’re nobodies… I’m all fat and gobby, you’re brainy, weird and brainy and quiet and Ben’s like, you know. So says Megan, who endeavors to change their existence before they start college. The ...

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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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