They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! – The Gift of the Gab in all its Glory

Wednesday 10th October 2018 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This production is a real comic gem. It’s a new adaptation of Dario Fo’s They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! by Deborah McAndrew and it’s packed with wit, sharp tongued satire and a whole bunch of ridiculousness. Comedies taking on our current political climate tend to... Continue Reading →

Dracula: The Bloody Truth – Stupedously Ridiculous with a Side of Silliness

Saturday 29th September 2018 at The Grand Theatre and Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Le Navet Bete’s Dracula the Bloody Truth is stupendously and proudly ridiculous. An homage to everything silly and a celebration of everything remotely farcical about melodramatic nineteenth century thrillers, its a non-stop display of fast-paced fun. Although it sells itself as a... Continue Reading →

Talking Heads – Susan, Doris & Irene: Superb

Wednesday 20th June 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Alan Bennett really is a genius. Every so often, I forget this fact but a perfectly staged production like this becomes an impressive reminder. West Yorkshire Playhouse is producing the first 6 dramatic monologues of Bennet’s Talking Heads which landed in living rooms in 1988 and... 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 →

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 →

Lady Windermere’s Fan: A Gift of Gentle Escapism & Hilarity

Saturday 24th February 2018 at The Vaudeville Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A period satire directed by Kathy Burke and featuring Jennifer Saunders? What luck! Kathy Burke’s production of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan (part of the Vaudeville’s Oscar Wilde season) is wonderfully light-hearted and a pure gift of escapism. Wilde’s many, many chortle-inducing lines are flawlessly... Continue Reading →

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Spring/ Summer 2018 Season Launch: Top Picks

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s new season has been announced! I tootled along to the Season Launch last week and as the mulled wine flowed, the creative team offered some insights into the months ahead. Focusing on ‘embracing our city’ and bringing ‘vital theatre’ to the people of Leeds and beyond, the upcoming home-grown work and launch... Continue Reading →

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