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A Furnace of new work at West Yorkshire Playhouse: Theatre Preview"
One of the best things about West Yorkshire Playhouse is as well as putting bums on seats for big productions it also curates the edgy Furnace:Festival offering up and coming artists a platform. This time Furnace has programmed world premieres by Pauline Mayers and Manic Chord and a script-in-hand reading of Zodwa Nyoni’s new commission […]
The Life and Soul: Chemic Tavern – theatre review"
Chris O’Connor’s new play The Life and Soul focuses on how depression is cutting down thousands of men who take their own lives every year. It is a thoroughly depressing statistic that suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 and 76% of all suicides carried out every year are by males, but as […]
Queens of Syria: West Yorkshire Playhouse – theatre review"
In an age where dead children are washed up on beaches, and what seems like an endless stream of refugees risking everything on a dinghy to escape tyranny, it is all too easy to forget all those people are human beings with stories to tell. Louder Than War’s Paul Clark reviews Queens of Syria. It […]
Listen to the Queens of Syria at West Yorkshire Playhouse"
‘I have a scream I want the world to hear’ In a post-Brexit world where our nation seems reluctant to even take in scared kids fleeing genocide then Queens of Syria that gives refugees a voice becomes a must see work. Performed by an all female cast of 13 female Syrian refugees it is a […]
Barnbow Canaries: West Yorkshire Playhouse – theatre review"
Alice Nutter used to be Chumbawamba but now she is a respected playwright. Paul Clarke enjoyed her new play Barnbow Canaries telling the tale of a forgotten group of Leeds women. One hundred years ago 35 women were killed in a massive explosion as they packed shells in the massive Barnbow munitions factory on the […]