Tag : Theatre

Not Such Quiet Girls: A Contemporary Opera

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Opera North’s Not Such Quiet Girls is a contemporary story of the first world war and a contemporary stance on opera. It completely subverted my expectation of the art form, of the singing in a language I cannot understand on a grand, proscenium arch stage with a huge orchestra. Instead, … Read More

A Christmas Carol at Leeds Playhouse

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Online Arts Editor Hannah Stokes reviews Deborah McAndrew’s theatre adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which is on at Leeds Playhouse until 13th January 2019 Although going to see Deborah McAndrew’s theatre adaptation of A Christmas Carol in November, I was filled with Christmas spirit before the play even began, thanks to the … Read More

Ophelia: Not Another Shakespeare Story

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So the verdicts have started to pour in on the latest instalment in an innumerable line of Shakespearean cinematic adaptations. Claire McCarthy’s British historical romantic drama Ophelia, the damsel in question being depicted by Daisy Ridley, has been slandered by the Guardian as lacking any emotional investment; Variety deems it … Read More

Shut Up, Helen Is A Sincere Look At The Reality Of Mental Health Issues

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At first glance the concept of a musical comedy about mental health seems insensitive. But based on the writer’s own struggles and using original music, the play sheds light on the very topical issue of mental health and raises awareness with care. The concept; a girl named Valerie, portrayed by … Read More

Review: Theatre Group’s Doctor Faustus

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Theatre Group’s production of Doctor Faustus was directed by Olivia Allen and adapted into the modern era from Christopher Marlowe’s 1592 classic. It follows Faustus, an academic who turns to black magic in a thirst for limitless knowledge. Selling his soul to Lucifer in return for these powers, a tale … Read More

Juliet and Romeo: Is Parting such Sweet Sorrow or an Inevitability?

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Ben Duke’s Juliet and Romeo is a contemporary, theatrical rewriting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Duke rewrites their history so that the ‘star-crossed lovers’ do not, in fact, die in a tragic misunderstanding. Instead, they survive and 20 years on sit in a therapist’s office, confessing their failing relationship which … Read More

Urinetown Review

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With a name like Urinetown the last thing you would expect is subtlety; LUU Music Theatre Society’s production certainly lived up to that expectation. Despite mocking the genre of musical in general, there are few areas of society that escape the play’s scathing satire. Set in a dystopia where an … Read More

Theatre Group’s “No Exit” Brings Existentialism Into The Modern Age

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Two hours of dialogue set in the same, Victorian-style drawing room doesn’t jump out to me as a performance; in fact, I’d ordinarily be deterred. But the difference from what one may expect, is that No Exit is set in hell, the heat of which only stirs up the growing … Read More

Love, Dystopia and Baked Beans: LUU Open Theatre’s Jellyfish

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Lucy Keitley reviews LUU Open Theatre’s Production of Jellyfish, a play by Josh Kirby and Hugo Jones. Jellyfish is a post-apocalyptic tale of the extremities of human existence; broken bonds, tyrannical rulers and finally a hope of blossoming love. The play, written by Hugo Jones and Josh Kirby, follows the … Read More

Greig’s Play Europe WIll Make You Reevaluate What Home Means

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Set in a train station without any trains, David Greig’s border-town drama delves into issues of global conflict and local identity. Through the exploration of relationships and borders, those that are new, old, secure and otherwise, contemporary concerns of internal and external displacement are brought to light within Europe and … Read More