Monogamy: Too Little, Yet Too Much

Thursday 24th May 2018 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️ Monogamy is the new comedy-drama from Torben Betts, and while it appears to have some solid, sharp criticisms to launch against the young and foolish, the mature yet deluded, the rich and famous and the ‘principled’ and sinful, it doesn’t quite land on its feet. Despite... Continue Reading →

Two: Capable But Uneven

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reform Theatre Company’s production of Jim Cartwright’s Two is a snappy peep into the world of pub life, business ownership, the shenanigans of punters and fraying relationships with plenty of northern wisecracking in the mix. Set in a pub in the eighties, there’s an emphasis on the... Continue Reading →

Hard Times: Dickens’ Masterful Caricatures Shine Brightly

Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Northern Broadsides tackle a literary giant with their latest production, Charles Dickens’ Hard Times. Deborah McAndrew certainly set herself a mammoth task in adapting the work of one of the most charmingly verbose figures of the British Literary Canon into two and a half hours of... Continue Reading →

Dollywould: Unfettered Random Fandom

Friday 11th May 2018 at the Live Arts Bistro, Leeds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sh!t Theatre duo Becca and Louise love Dolly Parton. They’re fascinated by Dolly the cloned sheep and ideas of mortality and immortality. They’re satirical when it comes to the mind-numbing grasp consumerism has on the average citizen, bemused by the close proximity of preservation... Continue Reading →

Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking: An Impressively Clever Comedy

Wednesday 9th May 2018 at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’ll join the many folk before me and declare the obvious: Alan Ayckbourn is a master of farce. Oldham Coliseum’s production of Relatively Speaking does not disappoint in delivering all the fine details of Ayckbourn’s lively and playful work which inevitably provides wit, satire and an underlying... Continue Reading →

Happy Hour: Bold and Creative

Friday 13th April 2018 at the Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Tmesis Theatre’s Happy Hour has plenty going for it; fearless and dynamic use of physical theatre and subject matter that is both relevant and prevalent in modern society. The workers on Level 3 are puppeteered by God-like voices (Rob Bond and Mary Pearson) coming through... Continue Reading →

Our Country’s Good: An Accessibility Game Changer

Wednesday 11th April 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good is based on The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally which is a classic approach to the play-within-a-play trend. It’s the unusual and fascinating subject matter which gives this play its pull; taking audiences back in time to settings untraveled by law abiding... Continue Reading →

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