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 →

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Strong Rendition of a Shakespeare Classic

Friday 8th September 2017 at Leeds Carriageworks. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This co-production of Shakespeare's wonderful magical farce from Bite My Thumb and Northern Spark Theatre is a bit of a slow burner which ends on a great high note. In brief, the story follows young lovers Hermia and Lysander who run away into an enchanted forest to... Continue Reading →

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: A Beautiful Education in the Art of Ballet

Wednesday 6th September 2017 at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I don't profess to know much, or anything at all, for that matter, about ballet. But I do know this: Northern Ballet's production of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a beautiful thing to behold. John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is... Continue Reading →

Unspoken: Shining a Light on Living with a Stammer

The Carriageworks (studio), Leeds. Saturday 8th July, 2017. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Unspoken, from Leeds Arts Centre, is an important piece of new writing; Neil Rathmell and Trudy Stewart have produced the play under the guidance of members of the local stammering community and the British Stammering Association. The drama draws attention to a sector of society not... Continue Reading →

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Autumn/Winter Season Launch: Top Picks

'West Yorkshire Playhouse's Autumn/ Winter 17 Season is a vibrant collection of diverse stories from across the world, retold by exceptional theatre makers.' -WYP It's official: West Yorkshire Playhouse has a very exciting Autumn/winter season planned... I went along to their launch event yesterday and found myself very impressed with the line-up; the season is... Continue Reading →

Gypsy: Disappointing

Thursday 29th June, 2017 at the Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️ While Pick Me Up Theatre's Gypsy features some fine talent in Maren Fagerås Nævdal, playing Louise, and Maya Tether, playing Dainty June, it doesn't have enough to support a fatally under-rehearsed production. The talented pair play the pawns in their mother's game of chess... Continue Reading →

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