Category Archives: Theatre

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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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night was the first Shakespeare our class had to read. Fourth form, I think. It culminated in a visit the Derngate Theatre – Jane Lapotaire as Viola and Frank Thornton as Malvolio. Judging by the frequency of productions of … Continue reading

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Cyrano

A Northern Broadsides production based on the play by Edmond Rostand, adapted by Deborah McAndrew. It was great fun – a complete theatrical experience with singing and dancing. And the nose.  Always entertaining and occasionally moving . . . and all … Continue reading

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Sweet Charity

At the Royal Exchange. Book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Dir: Derek Bond, with Kaisa Hammarlund as Charity Hope Valentine. Great fun and exuberantly staged, although I’m not sure that the round is right … Continue reading

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