Category : Theatre

Kate O’Donnell’s ‘You’ve Changed’

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Juliette Rowsell, The Gryphon’s Digital Associate, gives herself a break from website headaches, reviewing Kate O’Donnell’s bare-all performance in her play, You’ve Changed. In 2003, Coronation Street featured its first gay kiss. It is also the year that Kate O’Donnell, tonight’s host, decided to transition. At the heart of her heart-warming … Read More

Leeds Beckett and the Leeds 2023 Bid

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In early August, Leeds Beckett University announced its plans to build a £75 million arts building to house its Schools of Film, Performing Arts and Music, due to open in 2020. The building will be located close to Leeds Civic Hall, a centre of performance itself, and will act as … Read More

Woke Review

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In a mesmerising blend of beatbox, rap, spoken word and soliloquy, Testament (Andy Brooks) brings together hip hop and feminism. The show is self-aware, ironic, and painfully honest. It’s an example of how much can be done with a one-man show; in this case, an important account of one person’s … Read More

Your guide to the West Yorkshire Playhouse

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One of the many creative jewels of Leeds and the North West, the West Yorkshire Playhouse is a beacon for those who want to not only view compelling and imaginative theatre which speaks to today’s society, but are also after a wide range of creative and innovative programmes. The Playhouse’s … Read More

What’s what with Arts Socs

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Leeds University Union has a wide variety of societies, each one different, interesting and inclusive. Whether you want to try out something new, or hone a new talent and skill you never thought you would master, you will surely find your place here at Leeds. With over 30 different societies … Read More

‘Two Man Show’ Review: Am I a “man-woman”?

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As part of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Furnace Festival music, feminism and excellent execution collide in RashDash’s identity questioning show. “I thought I could tell you with words how funny I am” These words I am about to use are words chosen by men to describe the life of men in … Read More

‘The Kite Runner’ Review

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The stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s globel bestselling novel, The Kite Runner, by The Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse continues its tour this week at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Matthew Spangler’s stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s world-renowned novel bleeds bookish nostalgia – it teaches us to read our own lives in … Read More

Queen of Chapeltown Review

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Chloe-Louise Saunders investigates the beginnings of Leeds West Indian Carnival through West Yorkshire Playhouse’s performance of Queen of Chapeltown.  As Colin Grant’s Queen of Chapeltown reaches its climax, Elexi Walker flaunts a sparkling feathered dress against a jaw-dropping background. It is not only a bold and charming tableau, but a … Read More

Carnival Messiah: Proof that We Need Art

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Following her summer of research, investigating why this explosion of culture and vision is so important, Anna May tells us more about Carnival Messiah preceeding its showing tomorrow at West Yorkshire Playhouse. When I applied to do a summer research project on ‘The Impact and Legacy of Carnival Messiah’, I never imagined … Read More

NT Jane Eyre Review

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Charlie Collett reviews Sally Cookson’s Jane Eyre, which has returned to the stage following its successful tour with the National Theatre in 2015. Arriving at the REP theatre with my mum – who has studied Charlotte Brontë’s novel several times and owns no less than eight copies – I had … Read More