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In the Vice Like Grip Of It – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Poster image for ivo Theatre

Writer: ivo Theatre Director: Olivia Furber Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Something’s wrong. I think I'm being watched… A man, a woman, a house move, a new start. ivo Theatre explores the theme of surveillance through their innovative new play In The Vice Like Grip Of It. A challenging and commendable piece, it has been devised by the company, theatre-makers Jo Tyabji ...

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Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis – Hull Truck Theatre

Anna Wheatley and Isabel Ford in Martha Josie and the Chinese Elvis at Hull Truck Theatre. Photo: Andrew Billington

Writer: Charlotte Jones Director: Mark Babych Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson The standing ovation from a large part of the audience reflected the efforts of a talented, committed and wonderfully energetic cast in Mark Babych’s inventive production, but Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis remains a problematic, if entertaining, play. Originally staged in 1999 at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, ...

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Phoenix Dance Triple Bill 2016 – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Artistic Director: Sharon Watson Choreography: Sharon Watson, Kate Flatt, Itzik Galili Reviewer: Beverley Haigh To commemorate their 35th anniversary, it is befitting that Phoenix Dance Theatre premiere their Triple Bill 2016 in Leeds, hometown and birthplace of this acclaimed and prodigious company. As the UK’s longest standing contemporary dance company outside London, Phoenix Dance Theatre continue to innovate and excite, ...

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The Picture of Doreen Gray – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding Music: Tayo Akinbode Director: Gwedna Hughes Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Vintage: It’s starting to look a little old… So begins the eponymous Doreen Gray’s descent into comedy madness in this hilarious show about how the media seems to think that women over 50 are only suitable for the scrapheap (just think about how Miriam O’Reilly ...

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Classic FM: Classic Romance – Huddersfield Town Hall

Poster Image of Classic FM at Huddersfield Town Hall

Conductor/Violin: Tobias Ringborg Presenter: Anne-Marie Minhall Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Orchestra of Opera North’s Sunday afternoon concert to celebrate Valentine’s Day was conducted, appropriately enough, by Tobias Ringborg who is about to conduct The Elixir of Love with the company. The programme consisted of ten relatively short piecesbut was much more than just a series of romantic melodies. The narration ...

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Dancing Bear – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The cast in a preview performance of Dancing Bear at the WYP

Writer: Beccy Owen Music: Jamie Fletcher, Ric Neale and Beccy Owen Director: Jamie Fletcher Choreographer:Eleni Edipidi Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood This preview of Dancing Bear is a crucial piece in the continuous development of the show as the company is planning to tour this production nationally and internationally next year. This preview coincides with the LGBT History Month and is part ...

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Waiting for Godot – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Lorcan Cranitch and Jeff Rawle in Waiting For Godot. Photo by Johan Persson

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Charlotte Gwinner Reviewer: Ron Simpson To a large extent, Samuel Beckett tells the director and designer what to do in Waiting for Godot. The minimal set is specified (a road, a tree), many pauses are indicated in the script, as are precise actions, and there are strong hints as to costume: bowler hats are indispensable and ...

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Opera North: Così Fan Tutte – Grand Theatre, Leeds

The cast of Opera North in Cosi Fan Tutte

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Jac van Steen Reviewer: Rich Jevons Così Fan Tutte is translated into the rather misogynistic ‘Thus Do All Women’ or more contemporarily, ‘Women – They’re All Like For That’. But really, Mozart’s masterpiece is more accurately translated as ‘The School for Lovers’, as both men and women alike ...

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