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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

'There's work to do here!' The theatres putting audiences in charge by Catherine Love

Theatregoers in York and Manchester have been recruited to bring fresh ideas and talent to the cities’ stages in revolutionary programme initiatives ‘How do we bridge the gap between the…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

West End Girls and W*nk Buddies: tales of high-rises and house parties by Catherine Love

Live theatre, Newcastle Social cohesion and toxic masculinity are big topics confronted with verve by new writers through Live’s showcase Elevator festival The topic of social housing seem…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

'England became smaller and bigger': what 'home' means in Brexit Britain by Catherine Love

Headlong theatre company’s latest production, Acts of Resistance, plugs into people power in four communities across the country In the days after the EU referendum, Headlong theatre compa…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Standing at the Sky’s Edge review – Richard Hawley's ode to Sheffield estate by Catherine Love

Crucible, SheffieldThis across-the-decades Park Hill musical is cleverly staged, moving through idealism, dilapidation and gentrification Rising above Sheffield station, the buildings of the…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Hamlet review – this fresh prince is fully and gloriously female by Catherine Love

Leeds PlayhouseAmy Leach’s thriller-like version of Shakespeare’s tragedy gives familiar lines a revelatory ring: there is zero suggestion that Tessa Parr is playing a male role It’s r…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Kourtney Kardashian review – dive into fantasy as the world burns by Catherine Love

Home, ManchesterSleepwalk Collective’s dreamlike show riffs on nostalgia, technology, climate change and the glamour of opera From the title of Sleepwalk Collective’s new show, you might…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Baby Face review – terrifying take on the infantilisation of women by Catherine Love

Theatre Deli, SheffieldKaty Dye gives a powerful performance deconstructing the idea of sexy innocence and society’s worship of feminine youth In contemporary society and pop culture, ther…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Nanjing review – a haunting study of bloody atrocities by Catherine Love

Royal Exchange, ManchesterJude Christian’s solo show confronts historical brutality and personal heritage by dwelling in the grey areas It’s hard to pin down Nanjing, Jude Christian’s …

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Slap festival review – ecstasy, rage and intimate confessions by Catherine Love

Various venues, YorkThe annual experimental showcase serves up a strange, compelling programme of dance, performance and live art Outside York Art Gallery, as tourists and tunic-clad visitor…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mother Courage and Her Children review – Julie Hesmondhalgh is the business by Catherine Love

Royal Exchange, ManchesterIt’s 2080 and Europe is in shreds in Anna Jordan’s new version of Brecht’s play, which has a compelling central performance War – what is it good for? Busin…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

random review – debbie tucker green lays bare a family's unthinkable pain by Catherine Love

Leeds Playhouse This portrait of a family devastated by a random stabbing lands its blows with a heavy thudIn 2008, random was a sharp retort to the stereotypical “urban” image of soarin…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Push festival review – dispatches from dystopia and punchlines of pain by Catherine Love

Home, ManchesterCuts of the Cloth explores a family torn apart by the state while storyteller Conor A offers an account of chronic illnessNurturing new performances is a balancing act: shows…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Fair, please! The bus offering education for all, from stargazing to curry-making by Catherine Love

Arts education is in crisis but theatre company Slung Low has set up a pay-what-you-can community college, offering lessons in art activism, wood-whittling and much moreOn board a double-dec…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Grand Old Dame of York review at York Theatre Royal – ‘Berwick Kaler’s anarchic swansong’ by Catherine Love

This year’s panto is one long bow for writer, director and long-running dame Berwick Kaler. Marking 40 years of what he calls

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Kiss Me, Kate review – ferociously funny festive treat leaves a bitter taste by Catherine Love

Crucible, Sheffield Standout turns from strong female leads can’t tame the darkness at the heart of Cole Porter’s Shakespearean musicalKiss Me, Kate is a musical of many layers. The fict…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Forest of Forgotten Discos! review at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘energetic and inclusive’ by Catherine Love

On stage and screen, Christmas tends to look a certain way: twinkling tree, glistening turkey, picture-perfect nuclear family. The new seasonal show

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A Christmas Carol review – riotously silly show puts Scrooge in a spin by Catherine Love

Liverpool PlayhouseSpymonkey riff with pop culture – from funk-anthem carols to Torvill and Dean – in a bizarre take on the Dickens classicAt this time of year, Scrooge is as reliable as…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: The Producers at the Royal Exchange, Manchester by Catherine Love

'Shimmer and sparkle': Catherine Love reviews an unlikely Christmas show which delights as much as it unsettles. The post Review: The Producers at the Royal Exchange, Manchester appeared fir…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

The Maids review – Jean Genet's would-be murderers set pulses racing by Catherine Love

Home, ManchesterThe playwright’s prison time inspires an all-male production that is dazzling, dangerous and captivatingly queasyJean Genet understood the essence of theatre: everything is…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

'We're not talking about this': actors spotlight industry's mental health stigma by Catherine Love

It is practically a professional requirement that actors be emotional and vulnerable, but only recently has protecting their mental wellbeing become a priorityActor and playwright Milly Thom…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Europe review – David Greig's searing border story still hits home by Catherine Love

Leeds PlayhouseJames Brining’s revival of this rueful study of foreignness and fear doesn’t go out of its way to seem timely because it doesn’t need toWhat is Europe? A continent, an i…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: Death of a Salesman at the Royal Exchange, Manchester by Catherine Love

'Dream space': Catherine Love reviews Sarah Frankcom's fresh, insightful take on the 20th Century American staple The post Review: Death of a Salesman at the Royal Exchange, Manchester appea…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! review – Dario Fo's food-looting farce updated by Catherine Love

York Theatre RoyalRelocated to northern England, this fast-paced panto-esque comedy is damningly relevant nowAfter the 2008 banking crisis, Dario Fo redrafted his 1974 play Can’t Pay? Won…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Mother Courage and Her Children review – Brecht classic rolls into Leeds warehouse by Catherine Love

Albion Electric Warehouse, LeedsKeeping the audience on the move, Red Ladder’s 50th-anniversary production stars Pauline McLynnMother Courage and Her Children is a play of perpetual moveme…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

The Snow Queen review at Theatre Royal York – ‘energetically performed’ by Catherine Love

The Snow Queen – like so many of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales – is a dark story. A boy is kidnapped and

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Charlie Ward review – Chaplin's slapstick turns into shellshock by Catherine Love

York Army Museum Lying in a row of beds, an audience of 10 is transported to a wartime hospital in Sound&Fury’s arresting showThere are no images of the first world war in Sound&Fu…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Review: Radical Acts at Bradford Club by Catherine Love

Building community: Catherine Love writes on a quietly radical performance, part of a series of public interventions by Common Wealth. The post Review: Radical Acts at Bradford Club appeared…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

OthelloMacbeth review at Home, Manchester – ‘an intriguing Shakespearean mash-up’ by Catherine Love

Why do we keep telling the same stories? Director Jude Christian’s mash-up of Othello and Macbeth, two of the oldest and most

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Steel review – sharp-witted political drama from Chris Bush by Catherine Love

Crucible, SheffieldBush tackles sexism and racial prejudice in a cross-generational commentary on contemporary politicsIn Chris Bush’s new play, steel is a multi-faceted metaphor. It’s r…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Better Off Dead review – Ayckbourn's washed-up writer satire backfires by Catherine Love

Stephen Joseph theatre, ScarboroughAlan Ayckbourn’s 82nd play, about an over-the-hill crime novelist, struggles to come up with anything new to say about creativity, fame or failureAn agei…

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

'I threw my soul all over the floor': egg and sperm donors stage their stories by Catherine Love

Theatre and acrobatic shows at the Edinburgh festival use the experiences of donors to explore fertility, faith and family‘Who is the family?” asks aerial artist and theatre-maker Sarah …

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