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The Scary Bikers – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer/Director: John Godber Co-Director: Neil Sissons Designer: Foxton Reviewer: Ron Simpson Initially, John Godber made his name with ensemble plays, often based around an activity, rugby league or night-clubbing or school or whatever, with an expertly managed switching of role rather than character development, but some of his best work has been in rather more restrained two-handers. As he has ...

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The Opera North String Quartet – Jubilee Hall, Wakefield

Reviewer: Ron Simpson For over 50 years, via a name change and several shifts of venue, Wakefield Concert Society has brought a regular programme of quality chamber music to the city. Now well settled in Wakefield Girls’ High School’s Jubilee Hall, the society programmes six concerts a year, mainstream enough to keep up attendances, but enterprisingly varied, with a few ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Daniel O’Brien Co-Directors: Louise Denison, Chris Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Designer: Mark Walters Reviewer: Ron Simpson Pantomimes are all about tradition, not only the stories and the time-honoured routines, but also the traditions that are created within each theatre. This year’s Aladdin is a typical Wakefield pantomime, with all the elements securely in place, even if – early ...

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The Ruck – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Kevin Fegan Director: Joyce Branagh Designer: Olivia de Monceau Music: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson This project began life with Kevin Fegan’s residency with the Batley Bulldogs rugby league team. He decided to focus on the club’s highly successful girls’ under-16 team for his play and even accompanied them on their ground-breaking tour of Australia in 2015. The result ...

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On Behalf of the People – National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield

Writer: Ray Castleton Director: Charlie Kenber Designer: Carl Davies Reviewer: Ron Simpson On Behalf of the People was commissioned from The Melting Shop by the National Coal Mining Museum as part of its commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the nationalisation of the mining industry. Ray Castleton claims that it’s about the people, not the politics, but in fact, it’s ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Sleeping Beauty - TR, Wakefield

Writer: Daniel O’Brien (aka Colin Blumenau) Director: Rhiannon Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Designer: Mark Walters Reviewer: Ron Simpson Wakefield Theatre Royal pantomimes have, in recent years, gained a deserved reputation for quality entertainment. Scripts are intelligent as well as silly, tradition and the narrative are equally respected, productions values are excellent and an engaging mix of the homely and ...

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Poles Apart – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: John Godber Director: John Godber Designer: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson   The title of John Godber’s new play contains multiple puns. The main characters are scaffolders, working with poles, and one of them, a Pole, is inclined to show off his fitness and physique by a sort of pole dancing. However, the primary meaning provides a rather poignant ...

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Sparkies – The National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

Writer: John Kelly Director: John Kelly Reviewer: Sue Collier The National Coal Mining Museum provides the perfect setting for this hilarious, award winning comedy by writer/director John Kelly which tells the story of 15 year old Barnsley lad Darby, as he finds his feet in the world of work at a time when Harold Wilson's pit closures and the importance ...

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