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The Game of Love and Chai – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Nigel Planer Director: Jatinder Verma Designer: Claudia Mayer Reviewer: Ron Simpson Tara Arts’ production of The Game of Love and Chai, completing a UK tour with a week at West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Courtyard Theatre, brings a great deal of intelligence, imagination and skill to bear on modernising and re-locating Pierre de Marivaux’s 1730 comedy, The Game of Love and ...

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Whisky Galore – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Compton Mackenzie Adapted by: Philip Goulding Director: Kevin Shaw Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson Oldham Coliseum’s touring production of Whisky Galore is based on at least three promising ideas. Unfortunately, in Philip Goulding’s stylish, but dramatically inert, script and Kevin Shaw’s oddly conservative direction, none comes to fruition. Indeed sometimes the intentions seem to conflict with each other. ...

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When We Were Brothers – The Underground, Bradford

Writer: Ben Tagoe Director: Aisha Khan Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Freedom Studios was established in Bradford to reflect the diversity of the city and to produce work that resonates with, and who are often underrepresented in society. Their latest piece When We Were Brothers tackles the issue of male mental health; a subject that has become more prominent, especially in the ...

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Get Well Soon – Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Writer: Ged Cooper Director: Marianne McNamara Composer/Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson In Get Well Soon, Danuta, the Polish nurse, is fond of explaining everything by means of Polish proverbs; one turns out to be much the same as “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That seems to be the formula by which Mikron Theatre operates. Having devised ...

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Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf – York Theatre Royal, Studio

Devised by Annie Castledine, Steve Trafford and Elizabeth Mansfield Writer/Translator: Steve Trafford Director: Damien Cruden Reviewer: Ron Simpson It’s telling that the first credit on Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf goes to the devisers, not the writer or director. It’s an effective dramatic concept that works well in combination with some timeless songs, but the text is limited ...

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ART – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Yasmina Reza   Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Ellie Jones   Original Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood ART, a French play and an Old Vic Production, made its West End debut in 1996 winning numerous awards.  The comedy is currently touring the UK, including a run at the Leeds Grand Theatre where it plays until 7 April.  ART is solely ...

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Shrek the Musical – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The tone for the latest touring production of Shrek the Musical was set by the Front of House announcement as the house lights dimmed. Should we fail to switch off our mobile phones, we were warned, Shrek would come down from the stage and fart on ...

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Winter Solstice – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Roland Schimmelpfennig Translator: David Tushingham Director: Alice Malin Designer: Lizzie Clachan Reviewer: Ron Simpson Roland Schimmelpfennig is apparently one of Germany’s most performed playwrights at the moment, which says a fair bit for the discrimination of the German theatre-going public. Even if it is never easy to assess how a translation might differ from the original, David Tushingham’s version ...

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