Category Archives: Theatre

Private Lives

A witty little 1930 comedy of domestic violence which I’ve only ever “seen”on the radio. Ah, but it was funny and entertaining and made its own rules. And so quick: had the actors spoken at normal speed, it would have … Continue reading

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Guys and Dolls

A performance by the Talawa Theatre Company at the Royal Exchange. Loesser’s music and wit-packed lyrics (“Take back your mink / To from whence it came”) make this my favourite musical, and this was a pretty good production. I still … Continue reading

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Dir: Sally Cookson at the West Yorkshire Playhouse Theatrical wizardry with a dash of pantomime, but otherwise rather unengaging (for an adult without the passport of a child to the world of make-believe). But the wizardry was brilliant: the Witch … Continue reading

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For Love or Money

A Northern Broadsides production at the Theatre Royal, York. “Broadside” is an apt description for this play: it side-swiped me with its wit, pace, colour and nimble footwork so that, during the performance, I had no time or inclination to … Continue reading

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Waiting for Godot

By Tobacco Factory Theatres. Cast: Lucky – Chris Bianchi Estragon – Colin Connor Vladimir – David Fielder Pozzo – John Stahl A very good production, which worked well in the round (normally not my favourite form). Each time I see, … Continue reading

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Blackout

A story of when the lights went out during Storm Desmond based on the real experiences. The tales of a shopkeeper, a vulnerable girl and a middle-class boy at odds with his father were intertwined with scenes played by a … Continue reading

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Not About Heroes

Play by Stephen Macdonald, with Daniel Llewelyn Williams as Siegfried Sassoon and Iestyn Arwel as Wilfred Owen. This was very good, both as play and performance. The business of writing – and rewriting – poetry, the relationship – tetchy and … Continue reading

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