Tag : Theatre

Stories Retold in The Tin Drum

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We review the musical, political and quirky, The Tin Drum, a retelling of Günther Grass’ post war provocative extravaganza. If you know anything about Kneehigh, you will take your seat in the audience expecting something truly mad, as well as musically spectacular and darkly comedic, and The Tin Drum does not fail … Read More

200 years later Frankenstein Returns for Halloween

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Everybody knows the story of Dr Frankenstein, of the genius whose boundless idealism and ambition festered into something twisted and dark, and of the poor and tortured creature that became his life’s work. However, Liz Lochhead’s Blood & Ice, as reanimated by director Camilla Asher and members of the Leeds … Read More

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll in WYP’s Reasons To Be Cheerful

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Produced by the innovative Graeae Theatre Company who ‘place D/deaf and disabled artists centre-stage’, Reasons to Be Cheerful is an energetic, political and truly unique production. Set against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain, the story follows the laughter and pain of a working-class community and their adoration for Ian Dury and The … Read More

A Masterful Adaptation at WYP

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Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of Ibsen’s The Master Builder is magnificently satisfied through the dynamic and vibrant combination of cast and set. The drama considers the visible internal struggle of Halvard Soleness who is compelled by the darkness of human nature to trade part of himself for riches and fame. We meet Soleness … Read More

Is Celebrity Theatre Good for the Art Form?

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Owen Saunders and Georgia Hulkes argue for and against the casting of celebrities in both the West End and purist, highbrow theatre. Yes ‘Celebrity’ is a term that encompasses a broad range of well-known personalities, but, unlike in the realm of reality TV, the cogs of the acting industry are usually (though … Read More

In Defence of ‘Arty’ Theatre

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When even the presenters of BBC’s Front Row dislike theatre, it’s beginning to look as though the art form has no place in mainstream culture. Yet, it always seems like more can be done to reinvigorate the art. Katherine Corcoran discusses this phenomenon. The term ‘arty’ encompasses a range of … 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

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

The Ferryman Review

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Heather Nash explains why Jez Butterworth’s latest Irish drama is not one to be missed. Jez Butterworth has been a playwright for more than 25 years, and yet he has only written a handful of plays independently in that time. So not a prolific playwright then, but you can forgive … Read More

Review: La Cage Aux Folles – Leeds Grand Theatre

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Glitter, glam and drag. These three ingredients blended well with the grandeur of Leeds Grand Theatre as the new production of La Cage Aux Folles stormed into the city. With John Partridge returning in a distinctly different role as ‘Billy Flynn’ from last autumns tour Chicago, the evening was met … Read More