Tag : Theatre

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

2 years ago / 0 comments

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

Can the Guardian recover from the loss of Lyn Gardner?

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Renowned journalist and theatre critic Lyn Gardner has recently had her contract with the Guardian slashed on the account of monetary cuts. While she will continue to write reviews and features for the Guardian, her consistent blogs will no longer be published despite their exploration of and relevance to today’s … Read More

Review: OT Presents Equus

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“Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created.” In Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by Andrew Brown and Becky Downing, the nature and effects of passion are analysed. Alan Strang (George Dennis) is a seventeen-year-old who has blinded six horses, and is being treated by Dr. … Read More

Review: Merrily We Roll Along

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In distinctive Sondheim style, Merrily We Roll Along is a deliciously wordy musical, rich with striking and entrancing lyrics. Music Theatre Society took on this cautionary story of friendship and change with gusto, beautifully constructing a show which leaves its audience with a bittersweet taste. The musical begins with a … Read More

Barbaric and Wild: ‘One of the most memorable performances of my three years at Leeds’

3 years ago / 0 comments

Brought to us by the fourth and final group of final year students from the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, Barbaric and Wild is a long way from any theatre experience you will have had within Leeds. It was a highly immersive production, with the audience invited to partake … Read More

Enter The SWARM: An interview with Riptide Theatre Company

3 years ago / 0 comments

In the depths of Leeds, there is a studio space that’s not what it seems. Knocking on a blue door and saying a secret password, the Gryphon Arts Editors were immediately immersed in the SWARM. This latest piece of immersive theatre takes the form of a club night which unravels … Read More