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The Shark Is Broken: This play has helped me conquer a life-long fear

By |2021-12-05T15:57:25+00:005 December 2021|Tags: , , , , |

I was fascinated by the story behind the play telling the story behind the film. The Shark Is Broken is the brainchild of Ian Shaw who co-wrote it and stars as his own late father Robert Shaw.

Empty in Angel post-show video and photos: Why are unions more important than ever in the gig economy?

By |2021-12-03T17:25:36+00:0021 November 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

Here's the brutal truth about many of our rights: we only really have them if we have the wherewithal to fight for them when they're trampled on. That's certainly the case when it comes to employment rights.

Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of): Serving up Jane Austen with a karaoke twist

By |2021-11-16T18:56:01+00:0012 November 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

There are some shows with modest beginnings that seem to have all of the industry behind them, willing them to succeed. Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) is one of them.

Marlowe’s Fate post-show video and photos: Who really wrote William Shakespeare’s plays?

By |2021-11-21T17:34:32+00:0012 November 2021|Tags: , , , , |

More than four centuries after William Shakespeare died in 1616, aged 52 on his own birthday (23 April), questions remain about the authorship of his prodigious output - including nearly forty plays and more than 150 sonnets. 

Doing Shakespeare post-show video and photos: Would the bard recognise his plays in this Zoom-to-stage mash-up?

By |2021-11-12T12:54:17+00:007 November 2021|Tags: , , , , , , |

As much as it was possible for anyone the arts, Northern Comedy Theatre had a very good pandemic. When all performing arts venues closed, rather than wrap up their work, they ramped up.

Vaudevilles post-show video and photos: Seeing the surprisingly funny side of Anton Chekhov

By |2021-10-29T10:44:14+01:0028 October 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Anton Chekhov is, of course, best known for his "big five" classic plays: Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. None of which, though the author himself labelled them tragicomedies, are associated with hilarity.

The Tragedy of Dorian Gray post-show video and photos: What would Oscar Wilde have made of the Swinging Sixties?

By |2021-10-27T23:44:28+01:0024 October 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The premise of The Picture of Dorian Gray has become so much a part of our culture that most people will recognise the reference even if they've never read Oscar Wilde's original 1890 novella or seen any of the myriad stage and screen adaptations since.

Snowflakes post-show video and photos: Where could impotent online rage lead us?

By |2021-10-24T19:43:15+01:002 October 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , |

How far would you go to right a wrong? Robert Boulton's debut play Snowflakes explores how public outrage might spiral into not just violent vigilantism but also a digital goldrush.

Salome post-show video and photos: Revisiting Oscar Wilde’s once-banned erotic classic

By |2021-09-11T11:38:47+01:002 September 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , |

How far are you willing to go to get what you most desire? That’s the question at the bloody heart of Salome. And it’s a question that so fascinates Lazarus Theatre that they’re now having a third go at Oscar Wilde’s provocative 1891 tragedy.

When Darkness Falls post-show video and photos: Are we haunted by ghosts… or something else?

By |2021-09-02T09:09:19+01:0022 August 2021|Tags: , , , |

Five spine-tingling ghost stories are woven into the action on one stormy night in When Darkness Falls. I discussed them and more things to make you jump with the writer-director and cast at the Park Theatre.
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