Tag : west yorkshire playhouse

‘Free Verse (Speak Up!)’ Review: a blistering coming-of-age story

2 years ago / 0 comments

In the years since its beginning, Furnace Festival, part of West Yorkshire Playhouse‘s Artist Development programme, has garnered quite the reputation as the best place to find amazing pieces of theatre before they officially hit the stage. Speak Up, a rehearsal reading of Zodwa Nyoni’s second Playhouse commission, shown towards … Read More

‘What If I told You’ review – Blurring the line between audience and participation

2 years ago / 0 comments

I’ve seen pieces of theatre that have involved audience participation. I’ve heard of pieces of dance that have involved the dancers moving amongst the audience. I’ve even heard of a play that involved the audience being blindfolded and then cuddled for an hour by the actors. But I’ve never before … Read More

‘Iyalode of Eti’ review: Joyous and tragic

2 years ago / 0 comments

After our recent interview with Director Moji Kareem, James Candler headed to the West Yorkshire Playhouse to give his thoughts on the finished production of Iyalode of Eti. Iyalode of Eti is a Nigerian reimagining of the renaissance classic The Duchess of Malfi that attempts to demonstrate the universality of … Read More

Review: Going Viral – Infectiously entertaining

3 years ago / 0 comments

“Everyone on the plane is in floods of tears… except you.” Sat in a circle, awkwardly facing one other, the atmosphere of the Barber Studio, down in the depths of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, is uncannily similar to when you first get on to a plane: you’ve got to spend … Read More

Preview: JOHN at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

3 years ago / 0 comments

DV8’s latest production, JOHN arrives the West Yorkshire playhouse 22-24th October. Renowned for their powerful work and influence within physical theatre, DV8 are back with a hard-hitting and thought-provoking new work. Creator, Lloyd Newson sent a team of interviewers to ask 50 men frank questions on love and sex. Their answers … Read More

Review: Richard III at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

3 years ago / 0 comments

The West Yorkshire Playhouse’s adaption of Shakespeare’s Richard III is likely to be one of their biggest draws this season, as it should be. After all, Shakespeare can be argued to be the linchpin of theatre and will always attract audiences for this alone, if not for the richness of … Read More

A feminist fairy tale – Interview with ‘Mermaid’ director Polly Teale

3 years ago / 0 comments

Of all the best-known European fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid is arguably the most problematic. The story of a young mermaid who leaves behind everything she has ever known, changes her appearance, endures great physical pain and relinquishes her ability to speak, all in pursuit of a … Read More

Irving Berlin musical ‘White Christmas’ hits all the right notes

4 years ago / 0 comments

Image: West Yorkshire Playhouse   The West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of jukebox musical White Christmas, featuring the songs of Irving Berlin, has extended its run due to popular demand, proving that tried and tested formulas are still around for a reason. Even for those unfamiliar with the 1954 film on … Read More

We talk to Oliver Thompsett about ‘jukebox musicals’ ahead of his new show White Christmas

4 years ago / 0 comments

The first time I saw Oliver Tompsett he was in a wheelbarrow. Wearing a red waistcoat and a pair of the West End’s tightest trousers, his swaggering entrance as Fiyero in hit Wizard of Oz prequel Wicked was that of an actor performing the part he was seemingly born to … Read More

The Kite Runner tries to match the novel too perfectly

4 years ago / 0 comments

Turning a novel such as The Kite Runner in to a theatre production was never going to be easy. Spanning almost a lifetime, three countries and the tumultuous events of recent Afghan history, The Kite Runner covers a lot of ground, as well as several events logistically and ethically difficult … Read More