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Theatre Review: Crossings, Biggin Village Hall, High Peak

November 21, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Crossings, Biggin Village Hall, High Peak

It’s 1919 and in the village hall in Badger’s Bridge a woman is playing the piano.

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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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Theatre Review: Astley’s Astounding Adventures, New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

August 7, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Astley’s Astounding Adventures, New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

“Bye ‘eck,” said the man sitting next to me. “Ah’ve seen some stuff ‘ere, but that were fantastic!”

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Maria Gray Robin Simpson obscured and Clare Corbett as the three witches

Theatre Review: Macbeth, Rose Theatre, York

July 16, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Macbeth, Rose Theatre, York

Up betimes and to York with a cushion to catch the matinee of Macbeth by Will Shakespeare, performed in the new open-air Rose Theatre by Clifford’s Tower.

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Theatre Review: On Behalf of the People, Burgess Foundation, Manchester

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: On Behalf of the People, Burgess Foundation, Manchester

In my mind, there are two types of plays: the ones where you keep checking your watch and the ones where you leave the theatre and it’s suddenly dark.

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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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RET The Almighty Sometimes - Julie Hesmondhalgh (Renee) & Norah Lopez Holden (Anna) - Image Manuel Harlan

Review: The Almighty Sometimes, Royal Exchange, Manchester

February 16, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Almighty Sometimes, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Every so often, a piece of theatre comes along that leaves you astounded.

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Maggie Bain in Man to Man. A Wales Millennium Centre production. Photo - Polly Thomas

Review: Man to Man, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

October 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Man to Man, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Sometimes it happens that certain playwrights have a ‘moment’, a period during which their work suddenly taps into the creative consciousness bubbling just beneath our feet and causes multiple dramatic fountains to burst through.

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The Fall of the Master Builder (Photography by Manuel Harlan)

Review: (the fall of) The Master Builder, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

October 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: (the fall of) The Master Builder, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, published in 1892, begins with the arrival of a young woman, Hilde Wangel, in Halvard Solness’s office.

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Cosmic Scallies, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Review: Cosmic Scallies, Royal Exchange, Manchester

October 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cosmic Scallies, Royal Exchange, Manchester

What I miss about no longer being on Facebook is Jackie Hagan.

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