Kindertransport: Lives Saved & Lives Changed For Ever

Saturday 20th October 2018 at Nottingham Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This production of Diane Samuels’ Kindertransport marks the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransports which saved the lives of so many German children endangered by their Jewish faith and those raging against it in Nazi Germany. Children were transported to London and taken in by host families; many... Continue Reading →

Double Bill: It’s a Miracle & The Colin Atkins Story

Wednesday 4th July 2018 at Leeds Carriageworks Theatre (Studio). Leeds Arts centre’s latest offering is this ‘comedy double bill’ of Neil Rathmell’s It’s a Miracle and The Colin Atkins Story. ‘Comedy’ is at times a little difficult to find here, as the laughs are relatively sparse across both performances, but the plays are entertaining and... Continue Reading →

Searching for the Heart of Leeds: A Fond & Vibrant Farewell… & Hello

Friday 22nd June 2018 at Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Searching for the Heart of Leeds is the final show produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse prior to its major re-development. It marks a crossover from West Yorkshire Playhouse to the Leeds Playhouse rebrand and the production mirrors that sense of departure and arrival;... Continue Reading →

Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Windrush: A Contemplative & Dynamic Re-Telling of History

Wednesday 7th February 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ‘You called, and we came. You called, and we came. You called, and we came’. A story of promise, disillusionment, betrayal and ultimately a story of acceptance and celebration, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Windrush: Movement of the people looks at the passengers aboard the SS Empire Windrush... Continue Reading →

War Horse: Poignant Theatrical Brilliance

Saturday 18th November 2017 at Liverpool Empire Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ War Horse is the epitome of emotive puppetry; delicate, nuanced and full of character. The animals of this production are stunning. A National Theatre production which has seen enormous success since its conception, this play based on Michael Morpurgo's novel and adapted for the stage by... Continue Reading →

Medusa: Topical and Ambitious, with Mixed Results

Tuesday 31st October, 2017 at Leeds Carriageworks Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Proper Job Theatre Company's Medusa (a co-production with Square Chapel Arts Centre) is a prime example of a fearless piece of adaptation which is a slow burner and lands somewhere between impressively ambitious and over- ambitious. The narrative presented is certainly emotive, telling the version of... Continue Reading →

Queen of Chapeltown: A Tale of Two Well-Spun Threads

Wednesday 13th September 2017 at a West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Colin Grant's Queen of Chapeltown, written in celebration of the 50th year of the Leeds West Indian Carnival, offers a unique insight into the origins of one of Leeds' defining features. Based on the accounts of founders and attendees, this drama centres around identity and... Continue Reading →

Sorry! No Coloureds, No Irish, No Dogs: Powerful

Friday 5th May, 2017, at Leeds Carriageworks Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Gazebo's 'Sorry! No Coloureds, No Irish, No Dogs' is an important piece of theatre which not only spotlights some of the important black historical figures and role models that we should know about, but it pummels a modern audience with disturbing resonance in today's socio-political climate.... Continue Reading →

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