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Royal Flush – Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax

Writer/Director: Nick Lane Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating:4.5] Opening in 1882 we join Thomas Crapper on the eve of the first “royal flush” after being given a warrant to provide flushing toilets for Queen Victoria at Sandringham. Crapper writes a letter recounting his life and career to a lost love. After the interval the action moves to 2012 where Joe, a ...

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People – The Grand Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Nicholas Hytner Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4] Following a successful run at the National Theatre in London, Alan Bennett’s new play, People, has been touring the UK and now arrives at the Leeds Grand. Bennett has previously worked with director Nicholas Hytner on the popular The History Boys and The Habit of Art. A comedy, People explores ...

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We Will Rock You – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

Book: Ben Elton Music/Lyrics: Queen Director: Tony Edge Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:4] In a distant future, the Earth is now known as the i-planet, under the control of Globalsoft. We now live in a virtual world where live music and instruments are banned. Thus is the chilling premise of Ben Elton’s scarily accurate script. The Gaga kids are all virtual ...

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Hormonal Housewives – York Grand Opera House

Writer: Julie Coombe and John McIsaac Director: Ken Alexander Reviewer: Sue Collier [Rating:2] On stage the cheerful girly pink living room set is brightly lit and presented in a somewhat Gaudiesque style. Sixties music is playing as a mainly female audience enters the auditorium with high expectations of an evening of fun and laughter. They are not disappointed. A handful ...

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Portmanteau – Harrogate Studio Theatre, Harrogate

Presented by: Compagnie Animotion: Reviewer: Sue Collier [Rating: 5] Compagnie Animotion aims to entertain children while addressing social exclusion through arts within the community. So now let us examine whether they managed to achieve this during their 50 minute performance. The audience queues outside the tiny theatre. One child asks what the play is called and what the word Portmanteau ...

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Joe Brown – Opera House, York

Reviewer: Sue Collier [rating: 4.5] Joe Brown gives his audience a wonderful evening’s entertainment. Given the length of his career it’s true to say that while having an anticipated audience of long-standing fans it is pleasantly surprising to see a range of younger audience members, thus proving Brown’s appeal across a range of generations. On entering the theatre a jovial ...

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A Winter’s Tale – Grand Opera House, York

Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Sara Jackson [Rating:3] Upon walking into the Grand Opera House to see the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of A Winter’s Tale, the first thing that greets you is a huge projection of rocks waving underwater; it produces a genuinely unnerving feeling from the beginning. Juxtaposed against this modern and fluid image is a harsh metallic-looking set, ...

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Sugar Daddies – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer Sue Collier [Rating:3] Alan Aykbourn skilfully presents the never ending story of the gradual corruption of innocence using humour descending into pathos. After an act of genuine kindness, a kind young woman is corrupted by aging villain/pimp ‘Uncle’ Val. Material rewards are received as reciprocated kindness. To the audience it is clear that ...

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