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Swallows and Amazons – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Arthur Ransome Adapted by: Helen Edmundson Composer: Neil Hannon Co-Directors: Damian Cruden, John R. Wilkinson Designer: Katie Sykes Musical Director: Kieran Buckeridge Reviewer: Ron Simpson Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s novel, published in 1930, presents three major problems in stage adaptation and performance. Much of the action involves careering about in small boats; the main characters are all children, the youngest ...

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Swallows and Amazons – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Arthur Ransome Adapter: Helen Edmundson Composer: Neil Hannon Co-Directors:  Damian Cruden, John R. Wilkinson Designer: Katie Sykes Musical Director: Kieran Buckeridge Reviewer: Ron Simpson Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s novel, published in 1930, presents three major problems in stage adaptation and performance. Much of the action involves careering about in small boats; the main characters are all children, the youngest ...

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Handbagged – Oldham Coliseum, Oldham.

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Jo Newman Reviewer: Sam Lowe It is an eye-catching title, Handbagged. Meaning, a woman who verbally attacks a person or idea ruthlessly and forcefully. Margaret Thatcher was labelled “The Iron Lady”, and appeared to always speak her mind and even be pugnacious. Tonight’s comedy play is about women in power. This is an Oldham Coliseum Theatre, ...

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Handbagged – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Jo Newman Designer: Dawn Allsopp Reviewer: Ron Simpson Handbagged is a polished, civilized and sporadically very amusing entertainment based on an ingenious and appealing premise. It passes two hours stage time most pleasantly, the production is stylish, the performances witty and intelligent, but too often, for a comedy, it’s just not funny enough. Perhaps it’s too ...

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Noughts and Crosses – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Malorie Blackman Adaptor: Sabrina Mahfouz Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Michael Gray This ambitious new adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Malorie Blackman’s seminal Young Adult dystopian masterpiece has a tough job on its hands; It has to make the story accessible and immediate to those who’ve read the books and those who haven’t. A whole alternative society, divided, we quickly ...

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The Grand Old Dame of York – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Berwick Kaler Directors: Damian Cruden, Berwick Kaler Designer: Mark Walters Musical Director: Elliot Styche Choreographer: Grace Harrington The Grand Old Dame of York is less a pantomime than an occasion – a unique one at that; celebratory, thoroughly entertaining and often very funny, though somewhat unstructured to a fault. Berwick Kaler’s achievement is remarkable, as is the devotion he ...

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The Habit of Art – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Philip Franks Reviewer: Abbie Rippon ‘Why must a play be such a performance?’ argues Neil, the writer of Caliban’s Day. The cast are rehearsing for an upcoming production which explores the life of WH Auden and his collaborations with Benjamin Britten, and The Habit of Art is the play within which this play falls. Confused yet? Don’t be. ...

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