Archive | July 2015

Rich Pickings #June

Finally catching up with me blog, here are the shows from June!

The Producers @ Leeds Grand Theatre


The Grand Theatre has done it again! Following the fluffy fun of last week’s Jeeves & Wooster, comes another cheerful feel-good piece of touring theatre. This adaptation of the Mel Brooks film is all-singing, all-dancing, with an ensemble performance that reaches over and above the high bar set by the West End and Broadway.

Interview with Saint Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell


Rich Jevons takes a trip to Holmfirth to talk to Saint Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell who this month releases her new solo album ‘Red Kite’ and plays at City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds.

The Rise & Fall of Little Voice @ West Yorkshire Playhouse


The mutually beneficial creative partnership between West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company continues in this magical and marvellous revival of Jim Cartwright’s social realist tragi-comedy.

Manasamitra: Shivoham


Manasamitra is a Yorkshire based arts organisation delivering a range of South Asian and cultural experiences in traditional and innovative ways. Their touring work Shivoham is a musical experience that seeks illumination from within…

Interview with Ben Castle:


Interview with George Costigan


George Costigan may be best known for his racy role as Bob in the film version of Rita, Sue and Bob Too, though his theatre credentials vie with his screen work for top spot on his CV..

The Rise of the Falling Moon @ Bradford Festival


Leading Bradford theatre company Northern Lines’ final production, The Rising of the Moon, written and directed by the prolific and greatly talented Javaad Alipoor, is as radical in form as it is in content.

Interview with Javaad Alipoor:


The Rise & Fall of a Northern Star @ Theatre in the Mill, Bradford


To an intro of Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ Stella Grundy takes to the stage to depict her character of Tracey Star. And right from the off it is important to say that, although this show has autobiographical elements to it and is presented in a documentary style, it is intended as an ironic parody..

The Woman in Black @ Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough


The Woman in Black succeeds where the recent stage adaptation of another Susan Hill novel, The Mist in the Mirror, failed. The latter relied upon flashy, hi-tech hijinks, which were stunning but failed to shock and scare. This performer-friendly show is in a different league.

Beryl @ West Yorkshire Playhouse


Maxine Peake’s Beryl started its life as a radio play for BBC Radio 4 before being commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse for a stage version to tie in with last year’s Tour de France.

Quite a month, I’ll try to hit my monthly deadline for July, including my first commission for the Yorkshire Post! Watch this space!