Dracula: The Untold Story – Technically Brilliant

Wednesday 29th September 2021 at Leeds Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” gets a cinematic comic strip makeover in this bold adaptation from Imitating the Dog. It’s rare for a production to fulfil its descriptors to perfection, but this show is exactly as billed: “a live graphic novel”. This version of the Dracula tale is told... Continue Reading →

Interview: Laura Boone and Liv Frazer Talk New Show “Cupid’s Arrow”

It’s always interesting to see how creative teams can revamp or repurpose classic Fairytales to comment on the here and now, and thanks to Laura Boone and Liv Frazer, a new fairytale-focused show is arriving at the Camden Fringe next week. “Cupid’s Arrow” takes well known fairytales and explores the relationships - bad and good... Continue Reading →

Miss Julie: New Layers in Hong Kong Relocation

Tuesday 22nd June 2021 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ August Strindberg’s original took on the politics of gender and class; Amy Ng’s new adaptation, set in 1940’s Hong Kong, adds colonialism and deep-rooted war scars into the mix. As the daughter of the British Governor, Miss Julie displays the worst flaws associated with a spoiled... Continue Reading →

Interview: Eleanor Hibbert & Mischa Jones Talk Rocket Box Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

Make no mistake about it, offering up a new rendition of the eminent Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol is no tame feat... But it’s exactly what Rocket Box Theatre are offering online audiences this December: a fresh, richly layered audio adaptation of the tale beloved by many. With their radio play launching online come... Continue Reading →

Interview: Oddsocks Productions’ Elli Mackenzie & Andy Barrow

As an outdoor theatre company priding themselves on a party atmosphere and accessible entertainment for all, Oddsocks have been delighting audiences as an independent theatre company for just over 30 years. Their wonderful work bringing Shakespeare’s plays to life in brave and whacky ways places them firmly in my top five theatre companies line-up, so... Continue Reading →

Oliver Twist: Embracing the Grittier Origins of Dickens’ Story

Wednesday 4th March 2020 at Leeds Playhouse (Quarry Theatre). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oliver Twist has once more found his way back to a stage and in this production Amy Leach directs a brand new Dickens adaptation from Bryony Lavery - one that wholly embraces its gritty and disturbing origins. A co-production of Leeds Playhouse and Ramps on... Continue Reading →

Hansel and Gretel: A Reminder that Every Story has Sides

Saturday 14th December 2019 at Leeds Library. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wrongsemble continue their winning streak of Children’s theatre shows with Hansel and Gretel. Much like The Princess and the Sprout and Billy Shakes before it, this new show from writer and director Elvi Piper is cleverly constructed with an eye for fun and and delicate moral messaging,... Continue Reading →

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