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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe review – Sally Cookson conjures magic of make-believe by Catherine Love

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Technical trickery is cast aside for imaginative props made from bedsheets and suitcases, bringing the childlike wonder back to CS Lewis’s frosty adventureT…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Designer Rae Smith: ‘My job is to bring the show to life on stage in its most creative form’ by Catherine Love

The award-winning designer talks to Catherine Love about the challenges and thrills of turning the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Quarry stage into a

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Anne Washburn on watching 156 Twilight Zone episodes for freaky remake by Catherine Love

She has turned The Simpsons into a post-apocalyptic opera, invented her own language and put on a communist Dracula pageant. Now, the US playwright is staging the creepy, late-night TV class…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Review: Jubilee at Royal Exchange, Manchester by Catherine Love

No future: Catherine Love reviews Chris Goode's furiously intelligent take on the punk movie classic. The post Review: Jubilee at Royal Exchange, Manchester appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Protests and power games: how James Fritz's plays caught fire by Catherine Love

In James Fritz’s powerful new drama, Parliament Square, an activist stands up and leaves us wondering how to take action in a broken worldJames Fritz’s new play, Parliament Square, was w…

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Friday, October 6, 2017

The Tin Drum review – Kneehigh turn fascist parable into chaotic cabaret by Catherine Love

Everyman, LiverpoolThe company’s surreal and gleefully inventive adaptation transforms the Günter Grass novel into a riot of theatre, puppetry and musicGünter Grass’s 1959 novel The Ti…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

(The Fall of) The Master Builder review at West Yorkshire Playhouse – ‘sacrifices nuance’ by Catherine Love

It’s a familiar story: the decline of a great but flawed man. Ibsen’s The Master Builder is one in a long line

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Friday, September 29, 2017

People, Places and Things review at Home, Manchester – ‘gains new resonances’ by Catherine Love

It’s funny how plays morph over time. Aside from the new cast, Headlong’s touring production of People, Places and Things is pretty

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review: The Shed Crew at Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds by Catherine Love

Thatcher’s children: Catherine Love reviews a stage adaptation of Bernard Hare's Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew. The post Review: The Shed Crew at Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds appea…

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Review: Woke at the West Yorkshire Playhouse by Catherine Love

'We have to stumble along the way and admit to our mistakes': Catherine Love reviews Testament's show about feminism and becoming a father. The post Review: Woke at the West Yorkshire Playho…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: Our Town at Royal Exchange Manchester by Catherine Love

Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play is a "giddily expansive" exploration of community and the passing of time. The post Review: Our Town at Royal Exchange Manchester appeared first on Exeunt Magaz…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Instructions for Border Crossing at the West Yorkshire Playhouse by Catherine Love

Catherine Love reviews Daniel Bye's new show about the "complex mix of complicity, complacency, fear and the desire to do something." The post Review: Instructions for Border Crossing at the…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rita, Sue and Bob today: Andrea Dunbar's truths still haunt us by Catherine Love

Dunbar’s bleakly funny tale of a menage a trois captured 80s austerity. What can her defiant heroines tell audiences today?‘This is life,” Andrea Dunbar told the Yorkshire Post in 1987…

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Gate Theatre artistic director Ellen McDougall: ‘We went into rehearsals to explore and play’ by Catherine Love

The new artistic director of London’s Gate Theatre tells Catherine Love of the importance of presenting voices that might not be heard

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Sh!t Theatre: ‘You don’t have to be a virtuoso to have something to say’ by Catherine Love

The performance artists behind Sh!t Theatre talk to Catherine Love about using goofy gags to tackle serious issues, generating material while at

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Community links send London Bubble theatre company soaring by Catherine Love

The south-east London theatre company ran into trouble when the Arts Council withdrew its funding in 2008. Catherine Love finds out how

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Friday, July 21, 2017

'An extraordinary piece of work': Jane Horrocks on the return of Road, an anti-austerity battle cry by Catherine Love

Jim Cartwright’s brutal, beautiful play railed against the breakdown of society in Thatcher’s Britain. The original cast, and stars of the revival, explain why it speaks to us more power…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review: Cotton Panic! at Manchester International Festival by Catherine Love

Catherine Love on a flimsy gig-theatre exploration of the Lancashire Cotton Famine. The post Review: Cotton Panic! at Manchester International Festival appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Vivienne Franzmann: ‘There comes a point where I have to just sit down and write’ by Catherine Love

The award-winning writer is known for tackling social and ethical issues and her new play Bodies is no exception. Catherine Love finds

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Returning to Reims review at Home, Manchester – ‘intelligent and pertinent’ by Catherine Love

Returning to Reims, French sociologist Didier Eribon’s 2009 memoir, is astonishingly prescient. Eight years on, Eribon’s analysis of the rise of the

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review: Castle Rock and Baardeman at Flare Festival, Manchester by Catherine Love

A very British dissection of American popular culture: Catherine Love reviews a double bill of works at Flare Festival 2017. The post Review: Castle Rock and Baardeman at Flare Festival, Ma…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

What If Women Ruled the World? review at Mayfield, Manchester – ‘muddled and fragmented’ by Catherine Love

Apocalypse is a running theme at this year’s Manchester International Festival. While Party Skills for the End of the World stages a

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review: ONE and Leopard Murders at Flare Festival, Manchester by Catherine Love

A pairing of the whimsical and the sinister: Catherine Love reviews an eclectic double-bill at Manchester's Flare Festival. The post Review: ONE and Leopard Murders at Flare Festival, Manche…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Review: Party Skills at the End of the World at MIF by Catherine Love

Not with a bang but with a party popper: Catherine Love reviews the world premiere of Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari's immersive apocalypse show. The post Review: Party Skills at the End of t…

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Everything Is Possible review – the fight for women's rights on a thrilling scale by Catherine Love

York Theatre RoyalA cast of 100 takes to the streets in this ambitious drama linking the suffragette movement to the continuing struggle for social equalityFor anyone who attended one of the…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Bears at the Royal Exchange, Manchester by Catherine Love

Shifting the conversation from the mind to the gut: Catherine Love reviews Powder Keg's new show about climate change. The post Review: Bears at the Royal Exchange, Manchester appeared first…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

How two theatres, a cinema and a library became Chester’s Storyhouse by Catherine Love

Chester’s new storytelling centre features 7,500 sq ft of floor space across four levels. Catherine Jones finds out how ambitious plans translated into

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Anna of the Five Towns review – Arnold Bennett's Stoke romance loses its fire by Catherine Love

New Vic, Newcastle-under-LymeThe great Staffordshire writer’s novel loses too much of its spirit in a plodding adaptationDespite his eagerness to escape the Staffordshire Potteries, Arnold…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

We are Leeds: slam poet Zodwa Nyoni's shout-out to Yorkshire's young voices by Catherine Love

The Zimbabwe-born writer found her passion for words as a teenager in Yorkshire. Her new play, Ode to Leeds, explores its in-your-face poetry sceneHome is a complicated idea. The Yorkshire-b…

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Julius Caesar review – political thriller chimes with rise of populism by Catherine Love

Crucible, SheffieldRobert Hastie’s electric staging, with Jonathan Hyde and Samuel West, offers a resonant take on the manipulative power of rhetoric There’s a moment in Robert Hastie’…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: How My Life Is Spent at the Royal Exchange, Manchester by Catherine Love

Magical-realism by way of light yet damning political critique: Catherine Love reviews Alan Harris' "strange, delicate" 2015 Bruntwood Prize-winner. The post Review: How My Life Is Spent at …

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