Spotlight on Shakespeare: Top 5 Productions

April 2020 With celebrations of good old William Shakespeare’s ‘birthday’ everywhere this week, I got to thinking about some of the great Shakespeare productions I’ve seen over the years... let’s face it, there’s not much else to do these days but take various strolls down memory lane! There have been many productions, but only five... Continue Reading →

Review: Lionman (Touring)

Monday 2nd March 2020 at Harrogate Theatre (Studio). ⭐️⭐️⭐️ In Dapertutto Theatre’s Lionman we meet Leanard, your classic awkward hermit-intellectual type. Holed up in an uninspiring rented room and flanked by mildly interesting neighbours and an oddball landlady, he cracks out obituaries as a day job while dreaming of more fantastical adventures for himself. Never... Continue Reading →

Review: Riot Act (Touring)

Friday 7th February 2020 at Harrogate Theatre (Studio). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Alexis Gregory’s arresting solo show takes the testimonies of three important figures in the LGBTQ+ community and places their words and experiences at the centre of an impressive hour long verbatim piece. Though the stage is an empty space ripe for conjuring the past through the... Continue Reading →

Review: Heaven’s Gate (Touring)

Friday 31st January 2020 at Harrogate Theatre (Studio). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Four young people arrive into a void dressed as something resembling 80s teens playing at Star Trek. Four camp beds and a side table are all they have to help them make the big leap from one realm to another and we’re here to witness the... Continue Reading →

Review: Harrogate Theatre’s Snow White

Friday 29th November 2019 at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sparkles and snickers and singing and quipping? It’s panto time in Harrogate! This take on the classic Snow White is a beautifully adapted homage to all things Yorkshire and Harrogatian thanks to co-writers Phil Lowe (who also directs) and David Bown. Set in Happygate, Yawnshire, this rollicking... Continue Reading →

Review: Connection at Harrogate Theatre

Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at Harrogate Theatre (Studio). ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rachael Halliwell’s Connection is exactly what it says on the tin: a take on the connections between both strangers and those we know - though perhaps not quite as well as we think. It’s a play which balances some well delivered comedy with some dark edges... Continue Reading →

Review: Blokes, Fellas, Geezers (Touring)

Friday 27th September at Harrogate Theatre (Studio). ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jake Jarratt writes and stars in Blokes, Fellas, Geezers, a production which bills itself as ‘A Show about inherited working-class masculinity.’ It feels personal so if this isn’t autobiographical, Jarratt has tapped into quite a raw coming of age arc very insightfully. We meet various Jakes across... Continue Reading →

Review: Heroin(e) for Breakfast (Touring)

Thursday 19th September 2019 at Harrogate Theatre (Studio). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Philip Stokes’ play hits you like a high speed train. There’s no acclimatisation, just a smack around the chops at full pelt and from there it’s all intensity of one form or another. This production from King Brilliant Theatre reunites the original creative team ten years... Continue Reading →

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