Be My Baby: Carving Out Fresh Ground

Thursday 16th May 2019 at Leeds Playhouse (Pop Up Theatre). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Four young girls from various walks of life. One thing in common: they’re knocked up in the 60s without a ring to show for it. Cue the secretive ‘home’ tucked away in some remote area where the girls are cut off from friends and... Continue Reading →

Emilia: Listen to the Roar

Saturday 11th May 2019 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia has made an indelible mark on many a woman with Emilia if the tears, enthused buzz and unanimous roar of the audience I sat with is anything to go by. Let it be said also that despite a primarily female audience,... Continue Reading →

No Exit: Welcome to a Special Kind of Hell

Thursday 10th May 2019 at the Carriageworks, Leeds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jean Paul Sartre’s No Exit gets a claustrophobic and intense outing in this adaptation from Leeds Arts Centre’s Carrieanne Vivienette.  Given the premise, the claustrophobia of the piece is a vital element achieved simply: three individuals arrive to a room - their Hell. They don’t find... Continue Reading →

Same Same Different: A Fascinating Exploration of Adoption & Identity

Wednesday 8th May 2019 at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ‘Does nature or nurture most influence a person’s identity? What makes you, you?’ Naomi Sumner Chan’s new play poses such questions to both her audience and herself, but as this play illustrates with intelligence and feeling,  answers are many and complex.   Same Same Different is a... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Understudies…

I have a gripe. It’s about understudies. No, it’s not about the debate of whether or not we should be less enthusiastic about finding ourselves seeing understudies. Nor is it about whether or not we should openly express disappointment when leads are off. It’s not even about the furore surrounding understudies announcing when they’ll be... Continue Reading →

The House on Cold Hill: Modern Spooks

Tuesday 30th April 2019 at Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Peter James’ spooky novel The House on Cold Hill takes to the stage in an adaptation by Shaun McKenna. It features a strong cast and seeks to scare the masses with a hyper-modern all round approach. It’s most definitely a tough gig to... Continue Reading →

A Brave Face: A Darker Side of Vamos

Saturday 27th April 2019 at the Carriageworks, Leeds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A Brave Face is Vamos’s latest work and it stands out primarily as a play much darker than its predecessors. It’s also much more subtle and thought-provoking in its ambiguity and dramatic ending. The play is based on two years of research with ex and serving... Continue Reading →

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