The Wizard of Oz (Leeds Playhouse, 2019)

This digitally revamped first Christmas production in the new re-styled Quarry Theatre space at the Leeds Playhouse definitely inspires, but narrowly misses key beats on the way to Oz and back again. We all know what this classic is about: innocent but courageous...

Review – Kes (Leeds Playhouse, 2019)

An adaptation by Robert Alan Evans of Barry Hines’ influential and iconic book, ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’, this production of Kes is an intimate two-hander performed in the temporary pop-up theatre space at Leeds Playhouse. “Dirty, grey lives”, a line uttered in the...

Review – A Christmas Carol (Leeds Playhouse, 2018)

This adaptation of Charles Dickens’ celebrated novel is the first seasonal production since the theatre’s name-change from West Yorkshire Playhouse, and was first staged at Hull Truck in 2017. The newly-renamed Leeds Playhouse opens its doors to offer its audiences...

Review – Othello (Lawrence Batley Theatre, 2018)

This production is the centrepiece of a wider piece of work called The Othello Project, curated by Abdul-Rehman Malik – a series of bespoke, multi-art events in response to the production, to provide a platform to some of the most exciting Muslim artists and...

Review – Frankenstein (2018)

This new adaptation of Frankenstein marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel and Matthew Xia’s return to the theatre since his tenure as Associate Artistic Director.   It’s always exciting to see radical, rarely performed genres on the British stage,...

Review – Black Men Walking (2018)

Black Men Walking is the first production of a 3-year programme of work called Revolution Mix, spearheaded by Eclipse Theatre. A marathon-walk through 2,000 years of British history, and not a single white person in sight! Black Men Walking is a defiant and proud look...

Are We In Or Out?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The oft-used terms of “working twice as hard” and “struggle” are ubiquitous within the industry and because of this can seep into becoming a stereotype, old, used and dashed-about, a tiresome and frustratingly familiar excuse that...

Jamal Harewood’s: Privileged | A Review

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The blurb for this show in short said it was about Polar Bears and tackling issues of race. Intrigued? I certainly was. We entered the space to find a Polar Bear (Jamal in costume) asleep amongst strewn chicken bones. The use of...