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Monday, July 16, 2018

Sheffield stars: local lives are at the heart of Yorkshire's theatre by Catherine Love

This summer, community-led shows are encouraging residents to tell their own tales of loss, love and Bruce Springsteen gigsAt the Crucible theatre, Sheffield’s teenagers are thinking about…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Ben Miles: Hilary Mantel's Cromwell is the 'original working class hero' by Catherine Love

The RSC actor on the moral ambiguity of Mantel's Tudor world and the thrill of bringing her Wolf Hall books to the West End• Michael Billington's review of Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies•…

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Shakespeare’s Rose review – merry but pricey pop-up theatre in York by Catherine Love

★★☆☆☆/★★★☆☆ Shakespeare’s Rose theatre, YorkThis new venture offers spinning fairies in an otherwise flat Midsummer Night’s Dream and espresso-fuelled scraps in a mor…

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Macbeth review at Rose Theatre, York – ‘Shakespeare by numbers’ by Catherine Love

In this country, too often there’s a crude, limiting idea of what Shakespeare on stage looks like. Audiences expect opaque verse, loud

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Queens of the Coal Age review – Maxine Peake shines light on women's fight for the mines by Catherine Love

Royal Exchange, Manchester Peake’s play is a fierce cry for recognition of the movement that supported miners and their families and saw women occupy a coal pit in protestThere’s a famil…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Love and Information review – Caryl Churchill's vignettes find new form by Catherine Love

Sheffield CrucibleDirector Caroline Steinbeis takes up the gauntlet by reshaping and mining Churchill’s 57 fleeting scenes for less obvious meaning Scripts are both instructional and nebul…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Big I Am review – updated Ibsen epic is a white-knuckle ride by Catherine Love

Everyman, LiverpoolWith a cacophonous cast of characters, Robert Farquhar’s new take on Peer Gynt dashes through the second half of the 20th centuryThe spirit of ensemble, an idea at the h…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Keepy Uppy review – back-of-the-net football fun by Catherine Love

York Theatre RoyalA keen young player bonds with his mum on the way to a big match in Tutti Frutti’s imaginative kids’ showAs England pursue World Cup glory, the hero of Tutti Frutti’s…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Making an entrance: northern theatres celebrate refugees by Catherine Love

Venues in Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield are putting work by refugees and asylum seekers at their heartIn 2013, West Yorkshire Playhouse staged Refugee Boy, an adaptation of Benjamin Zephan…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Revolting Women review – jaunty account of suffragettes' struggle by Catherine Love

Scarcroft Allotments, YorkMikron’s show about East End women’s sacrifices for suffrage awkwardly seesaws between parody and sincerityMikron aim to make theatre for everyone, so it’s ap…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Isobel Waller-Bridge: ‘People struggle with non-visual art, but you can paint with sound’ by Catherine Love

As a sound designer and composer Isobel Waller-Bridge works across stage and screen. She tells Catherine Love about the skills theatre has

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Happy Days review – Maxine Peake is transfixed by climate chaos by Catherine Love

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester Beckett’s tragicomedy is deftly retuned for an age of ecological anxiety and mounting plastic wasteCentre stage, a barren mound of earth. At its edges, a…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Three Sisters review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘a powerful interrogation of the canon’ by Catherine Love

When RashDash wanted to move up in scale, artistic directors advised the company to tackle a classic. Three Sisters – irreverently exploiting

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Be All and End All review at York Theatre Royal – ‘frustratingly narrow’ by Catherine Love

Having examined the hothouse environment of British schooling from students’ perspectives in A Level Playing Field, the second of Jonathan Lewis’ trilogy

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Why time's up for theatre's 'timeless' classics by Catherine Love

How can women or people of colour find a voice in theatre’s classics when so much of the canon - written by white men - confines them to the sidelines? Meet the theatre makers who are rein…

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sunshine on Leith review – Proclaimers musical goes the distance by Catherine Love

West Yorkshire Playhouse, LeedsFeaturing 18 tracks by the Scottish duo, this spirited show is a thing of joy. By the time I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) comes on, resistance is futileWhisper it,…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Clockwork Orange review – a chilling, ultraviolent cabaret by Catherine Love

Everyman, LiverpoolPeppered with the novelist’s own songs, this musical makeover of Anthony Burgess’s classic finds plenty of contemporary resonancesA Clockwork Orange was the story Anth…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mixtape review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘ambitious gig theatre’ by Catherine Love

Manchester is a city known and celebrated for its music. Honouring that musical heritage, the Royal Exchange Young Company – winner of

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Little Mermaid review at York Theatre Royal – ‘some stunning moments’ by Catherine Love

The gravity-defying feats of contemporary circus and the weightlessness of moving through water make a good match. As performers dive through the

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: Minefield at York Theatre Royal by Catherine Love

Rituals of remembrance: Argentinian artist Lola Arias' exploration of the Falklands War comes to York. The post Review: Minefield at York Theatre Royal appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Red Ladder theatre company’s 50 years of provocation: ‘If our work wasn’t saying anything interesting, we’d stop’ by Catherine Love

As Red Ladder celebrates its half-centenary, the Leeds-based company’s artistic director and producer tell Catherine Love how the company has evolved while focusing

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

'Power has to be grasped': British theatre is battling its class problem by Catherine Love

Class is often absent from discussions about diversity in theatre but it remains a barrier for audiences, actors and others in the industry. What’s the solution?In 1979, giving a talk at C…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Director Matthew Xia: ‘The moment you lose an audience member, you’ve failed’ by Catherine Love

With his Frankenstein freshly brought to life at the Royal Exchange, the director and DJ tells Catherine Love why he’s dug into

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Circle Mirror Transformation review at Home, Manchester – ‘shimmering theatricality’ by Catherine Love

Circle Mirror Transformation is a drama of accumulation. Annie Baker’s slow, delicate play deposits character layer by miniscule layer, like silt collecting

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Paint Your Wagon review – nuggets of charm in sexist Gold Rush musical by Catherine Love

Liverpool EverymanThis smart version of the rarely performed Lerner and Loewe musical subverts the dodgy gender politicsLerner and Loewe’s rarely performed Paint Your Wagon is synonymous w…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Playwright and actor Amelia Bullmore: ‘The seriousness is dealt with lightly and the humour seriously’ by Catherine Love

Playwright and actor Amelia Bullmore has done everything from Brass Eye to Ayckbourn. She tells Catherine Love about returning to Manchester, where

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Manchester Project review – snapshots of a city still need developing by Catherine Love

Home, Manchester 19 micro-plays, crammed with detail, writhing with contradictions and set to the familiar pulse of Joy Division and the Smiths, try to distil the Mancunian essenceWhat defin…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Book of Dragons review – E Nesbit's fire-breathers swoop on to stage by Catherine Love

York Theatre RoyalJuliet Forster’s adaptation of stories by The Railway Children’s author is cleverly designed and wittily challenges gender stereotypesYork Theatre Royal’s pantomime …

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk review at York Theatre Royal – ‘gloriously shambolic’ by Catherine Love

Few pantomimes command as much loyalty – from actors and from audiences – as the York Theatre Royal’s festive offering. 2017 marks

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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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