Jack and the Beanstalk: Bouncy & On Trend

Friday 7th December 2018 at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It’s December in Harrogate and the local theatre is in full buzzing swing. An audience of Brownies, Scouts and various other cute kids’ organisations are filling rows with swathes of uniformed little ‘uns and filling the air space with giggles and chatter. It’s panto time! The story?... Continue Reading →

Othello: Flying the Flag for Subtle & Discerning Modernisation

Tuesday 25th September 2018 at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ As far as modernising Shakespeare goes, this production is pretty top notch. Why? Because it feels fresh and authentic, with modernisation taking shape in costume, set and some subtle behaviours as opposed to being shoe-horned into the script in obtuse ways. Many a production falls into that... Continue Reading →

The Turk: Taking a Look at One of History’s More Unusual Firsts

    Friday 21st September 2018 at Harrogate Theatre (Studio). ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ‘Alas, poor Yorick!’ - in The Turk, we’re given something of an extended Hamlet-Yorick moment between our protagonist, Johann Maelzel and the head of the famous The Automaton Turk, a machine programmed through cogs and tech sorcery to play chess. Our speaker/indirect lecturer for... 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 →

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 →

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