Category : Theatre

Tosca: An Opera for Right Now

3 months ago / 0 comments

Georgie Burgess reviews Opera North’s production of Tosca, an opera written by Giacomo Puccini that first premiered in 1900. Too many people assume the Opera is not for them. I believe Tosca will prove them wrong. This production is the fourth time that Opera North has staged Puccini’s political thriller, … Read More

A Memorable Debut: Blackthorn Returns to Leeds Playhouse

3 months ago / 0 comments

‘What you think’s a completely different plant on surface – it’s all from the same roots.’ What is it about your first love? That overwhelming intensity that makes you feel as though you own one another? It is this possessiveness, this feeling of being tied to someone, that Charley Miles’ … Read More

A Modern Classic: Mother Courage and Her Children at Leeds Playhouse

3 months ago / 0 comments

Bertold Brecht’s 1939 play, Mother Courage and Her Children, is regarded as one of the greatest anti-war plays of all time, and in the midst of Europe facing a refugee crisis, Brecht’s tale of traumatic displacement due to war seems more fitting than ever. Through the combined talents of Red … Read More

The RSC’s New Shakespeare Learning Zone: Another Tiresome Plight?

4 months ago / 0 comments

Investigating the RSC’s newly-launched Shakespeare Learning Zone, and I’m transported back to the days of using absolutely any website I can find in order to avoid actually having to read Romeo and Juliet. It’s the classic formula of our beloved SparkNotes and GradeSaver: a couple of clicks in and I’ve … Read More

Brining Brings the Rays Once Again – the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Sunshine on Leith

6 months ago / 0 comments

Having also directed the original production of Sunshine on Leith whilst at Dundee Rep, I suppose West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic director James Brining had a slight head start as he began work on this new staging of the much-loved jukebox musical. It thus seemed a relatively safe choice to maintain … Read More

Out of This World Performance: One Giant Leap

8 months ago / 0 comments

Student-produced shows can be a mixed bag of low production value, amateur performances, and poor storytelling, but every once in a while, there is a hidden gem. A show that completely exceeds expectations and reminds you of the extreme talent possessed by young creatives. One Giant Leap definitely falls into … Read More

InTheMiddle with Denis Lawson

10 months ago / 0 comments

You’ve seen him as rebel alliance fighter pilot, Wedge Antilles, in the original Star Wars trilogy; you might also know him as the uncle of Ewan McGregor. But with an acting career than spans over nearly fifty years, Denis Lawson is now ready to conquer a whole new galaxy: the … Read More

Marching On Together: Red Ladder and WYP’s The Damned United

10 months ago / 0 comments

The famous blue and yellow of Leeds United has become somewhat synonymous with locally based Red Ladder of late for their co-production of The Damned United with the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Nevertheless, I was intrigued to see if Director Rod Dixon could transform David Peace’s bestselling book into another piece … Read More

LAAMPS Shake, Rattle and Roll In Their Playful Performance of All Shook Up

10 months ago / 0 comments

With endless humour, playfulness, and enough hip-thrusting to last you until next year, LAMMPS’ All Shook Up makes for a fun filled night. We begin in a small town where life plods along day-to-day: everyone knows everyone and fun is practically banned. Enter Chad, a young, energetically-hipped free spirit, who … Read More

Every Third Minute Launches with ‘Still Alice’

10 months ago / 0 comments

Every Third Minute. a festival at West Yorkshire Playhouse charting resilience against dementia, was launched with the warming ‘Still Alice’. Arts writer Catherine Corcoran gives us the rundown. First performed in 2013 by Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company, Christine Mary Dunford’s touching work Still Alice has now arrived at the West … Read More