At last, all in one place, Rich Jevons’ October writings (in reverse date order!)
Opera North: Mozart’s Requiem
Mozart’s Requiem in a performance to as high a standard as this, is not simply a sublime work of art, it gives us a taste of heaven itself.
Grupo Corpo @ Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
If you feel like you needed a holiday in the sun at the beginning of our winter months, take in Grupo Corpo, it may not cheat the chill in the air but it will put a smile on your face as if you’ve had both a fiesta and siesta!
Ten Minutes with Grupo Corpo’s Carolina Amares
The Public Reviews’ Rich Jevons talks to dancer Carolina Amares (who apologises in advance for anything “lost in translation”) about the two pieces which comprise the show, Parabelo and Sem Mim, and the company’s unique combination of classical ballet and Latin dance.
Paper Birds: Blind @Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
Rich Jevons is awestruck by Grace Savage’s combination of beatboxing and naturalistic acting in an evening that both entertains and at times deliberately perplexes from the ever-challenging Leeds-based theatre company, The Paper Birds.
20000 Days on Earth @ Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds
A well-considered and masterfully executed film that has great depth both emotionally and intellectually and, as John Peel used to say very selectively, may well be life-changing.
Opera North: The Bartered Bride @ The Grand Theatre, Leeds
If you are new to opera, or have a friend that fancies dipping their toes in the vast operatic sea, this is the show for you. Truly endearing, funny, colourful and overall really quite hopeful, Opera North are triumphant once more.
imitating the dog: A Farewell to Arms preview
Northern Soul’s Rich Jevons talks to imitating the dog’s artistic director Andrew Quick about the adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms in the centenary year of World War One.
Pilot Theatre: Antigone preview
Northern Soul’s Rich Jevons talks to Pilot Theatre’s artistic director Marcus Romer about the company’s contemporary take on Sophocles’ Greek classic, Antigone.
Pilot Theatre: Antigone @ Lawrence Batley Theatre
Rich Jevons admires both form and content in Pilot Theatre’s contemporary take on Sophocles’ Greek tragedy.
Dpera North: The Coronation of Poppea
In this the last of three surviving Monteverdi operas to be staged by Opera North, Albery’s masterful direction and performances of pure power and finesse create a perfect piece de resistence.
The Crucible @ West Yorkshire Playhouse
James Brining’s superbly directed adaptation of Arthur Miller’s paranoiac political allegory emphasises more the search for redemption and salvation rather than the cruelty and hypocrisy of the judiciary.
The Fanny Hill Project 2.0 @ Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
Theatre State’s The Fanny Hill Project 2.0 juxtaposes Cleland’s 18th century erotic novel Fanny Hill with the real-life drama of actor-director Tess Seddon, the two tales interweaving and intertwining with great dexterity.
The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star @ Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
Stella Grundy brings an outstanding one-woman performance to the Carriageworks with a play on the life and times of her tragi-comic heroine Tracey Star.