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Author: Wendy Pratt

Theatre Review: Better Off Dead, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

September 14, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Better Off Dead, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

A strange thing happens when you’re a writer.

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Why are we so keen to diagnose Emily Brontë?

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Why are we so keen to diagnose Emily Brontë?

2018 marks 200 years since Emily Jane Brontë was born in Thornton near Bradford.

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Empires of Clay by Becky Cherriman and All the Time in the World by Rebecca Gethin

Poetry: Empires of Clay by Becky Cherriman; All the Time in the World by Rebecca Gethin

August 23, 2018 Comments Off on Poetry: Empires of Clay by Becky Cherriman; All the Time in the World by Rebecca Gethin

You may not have heard of Cinnamon Press but it is one of those publishers quietly and diligently making a difference in the publishing world.

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From left, Richard Stacey, Jamie Baughan, Frances Marshall, Laurence Pears, Leigh Symonds, Liz Jadav, Naomi Petersen, ©Tony Bartholomew

Theatre Review: Joking Apart, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

August 7, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Joking Apart, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

It seems a strange thing to do, on a boiling hot summer’s evening, to come in out of the bright day and ensconce oneself in a dark theatre, along with hundreds of other people, to watch a play set outside in a garden.

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Review: The 39 Steps, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

June 29, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The 39 Steps, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

It’s rare to be part of an audience entirely attuned to the rhythm of a performance.

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Pippa Little, Twist

Poetry Review: Twist by Pippa Little

May 26, 2018 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Twist by Pippa Little

Pippa Little has an impressive CV.

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Review: Love, Loss and Chianti, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

May 23, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Love, Loss and Chianti, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

If anyone was going to bring the sharp, erudite poetry of Christopher Reid to life in a stage adaptation of The Scattering and The Song of Lunch, it would be Robert Bathurst. He revels in the opportunity to extract the precise, elegant language of Reid’s work, and rolls it over his own tongue like butter off a silver spoon.

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Vanessa Schofield as Louisa Gradgrind and Howard Chadwick as Josiah Bounderby- Hard Times - Photo by Nobby Clark

Review: Hard Times, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Hard Times, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Charles Dickens’ classic novel, which explores the idea of social standing in relation to facts and the importance of entertainment and fun in shaping young minds, has been adapted to the stage by Deborah McAndrew in splendid fashion.

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The Scary Bikers

Review: The Scary Bikers, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

April 7, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Scary Bikers, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

If the arts form the cultural mouthpiece for the country, then this play has taken the turmoil and division of Brexit and managed to distil it into something akin to an explanation, or at least an exploration, of what happened with the vote to leave the European Union.

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Review: Napoleon Disrobed, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

March 24, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Napoleon Disrobed, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

What is there to say about the fevered dream that is Napoleon Disrobed?

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