Queen of Chapeltown: A Tale of Two Well-Spun Threads

Wednesday 13th September 2017 at a West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Colin Grant's Queen of Chapeltown, written in celebration of the 50th year of the Leeds West Indian Carnival, offers a unique insight into the origins of one of Leeds' defining features. Based on the accounts of founders and attendees, this drama centres around identity and... Continue Reading →

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Strong Rendition of a Shakespeare Classic

Friday 8th September 2017 at Leeds Carriageworks. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This co-production of Shakespeare's wonderful magical farce from Bite My Thumb and Northern Spark Theatre is a bit of a slow burner which ends on a great high note. In brief, the story follows young lovers Hermia and Lysander who run away into an enchanted forest to... Continue Reading →

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: A Beautiful Education in the Art of Ballet

Wednesday 6th September 2017 at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I don't profess to know much, or anything at all, for that matter, about ballet. But I do know this: Northern Ballet's production of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a beautiful thing to behold. John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is... Continue Reading →

Interview: West End Wilma

According to the immensely popular theatre site, 'westendwilma.com is the mother/son blogging venture that has been taking over London’s theatre scene for the last five years' - the team cover news, reviews, interviews, awards, competitions, tickets and merchandise - proving that an impressive amount of ground can be covered in just five years. Ed Baker,... Continue Reading →

Filth: A Foul Firecracker of a Play

Sunday 20th August 2017 at Etcetera Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Skin and Bone Theatre's Filth is an aptly named, rank firecracker of a show. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh and adapted by Harry Gibson, there's no getting away from the fact that this play is tough to watch yet thoroughly captivating. Jake Francis' performance... Continue Reading →

Splinter: A Strong Cast Tell a Familiar Story

Sunday 20th August 2017 at Etcetera Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Splinter, a new play written, directed and produced by Louise Fitzgerald, presents seven teenage characters held in a void which is apparently under the control of a mysterious voice. That warped voice pressures the characters to make decisions, using riddled language to push them to the... Continue Reading →

Sophie: A Compelling New Play with a Sharp Emotional Pull

Sunday 20th August 2017, at The Lion and Unicorn, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ At just shy of twenty minutes long, Sophie manages to pack an emotional punch before our nameless protagonist promptly leaves the stage, without return. The piece is written and performed by Julia Pagett in association with mental health charity MIND in the City, Hackney... Continue Reading →

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