Friday, January 22

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Lucy Dusgate joins Leeds Dance Partnership
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Lucy Dusgate joins Leeds Dance Partnership

Lucy Dusgate has been appointed the new Partnership Director of Leeds Dance Partnership taking over from Shirley Lundstram who is now Head of Programme – Heritage at Cause 4. An experienced cultural producer, Lucy crosses the Pennines from her most recent role as Art Programmer / Producer at The Lowry in Salford. She has extensive experience in delivering diverse and strategic programmes of art; developing cultural policy; consortium partnerships; fundraising; embedded learning; co-commissions and large audience engagement across culture and public realm locations. Her past work includes two commissions with Leeds based Phoenix Dance Theatre, two Motionhouse Outdoor performances as well as work with individual artists including Darren Pickard, Dickson Mbi and Mac Daniel Palima. ...
HOTLINE, a new play by telephone
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HOTLINE, a new play by telephone

Call HOTLINE, an interactive performance and quest to find peace and tranquillity on earth. Commissioned by Tron Theatre and devised by Produced Moon, Meghan Tyler and Nima Séne, HOTLINE is a new play inspired by the legendary conversation from the White House to the moon between Richard Nixon, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. HOTLINE is accessed by individuals dialling in from their phones, and like a game, lets them choose how the story continues. HOTLINE will be a playful and fun, post-dramatic adaptation of the first phone call to the moon with a mission to bring ‘peace and tranquillity to the earth’. Using the intimacy of a phone call, HOTLINE is a new kind of theatre for a world in the midst of a pandemic where isolation is imposed, and theatres are closed. Tron Theatre audi...
Relive your Twenties at @thespaceUK in January
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Relive your Twenties at @thespaceUK in January

Follow 21 year-old Hope, as she moves out of her childhood home in Cheshire to the bright lights of London. Relive your Twenties with a show that promises laughs as well as a refreshingly honest depiction of what it means to be 21 in 2021. Join us as we visit a dinosaur themed bar, a nightclub and some very grubby toilets. Charlotte Anne-Tilley’s apt comedy will leave you feeling nostalgic for those mixed up years when you were still working things out. From the team that brought you Adolescent in 2018, comes another female-centred comedy that gets to the heart of what it means to be a young northern woman. After a memorable debut at Manchester’s Up The North Festival, this multi-person version of Twenties is returning for Online@theSpaceUK before visiting Edinburgh Fringe this summ...
Sleepwalking, by Kenneth Wilson at theSpaceUK
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Sleepwalking, by Kenneth Wilson at theSpaceUK

Kenneth Wilson’s new show for @theSpaceUK 2021 races from James Bond to weepy Irish lament (and Bach again).  The music of his cello provokes a poetical commentary, sometimes a lashing-out, to make you wake up and take notice.  Spoiler:  contains a few rude words. Kenneth’s cello soars and sings, and then swaggers and shouts.  In between it cascades, and laments.  It seems there’s nothing that can’t be said on the cello.  And then there’s his poetry – from his Lonely Heart (“psychosomatic, paranoic, hyperventilatic”) to the man “In the room of women”, and the shot birds that land “thudly in the grass”.  You won’t sleep through this one. Kenneth Wilson has performed in the UK, in Europe and in South America.  As well as his own show at the ...
Bard Overboard presents: A Global Pandemic Holiday Special
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Bard Overboard presents: A Global Pandemic Holiday Special

"Wonder World Cruises has a heart-warming corporate message for you in these trying times.  Now they just have to convince the actors and crew members trapped aboard their quarantined vessel to film it.  Watch the mayhem unfold in their final Zoom rehearsal before going on air." This is a special online performance from the cast of Bard Overboard, an ensemble farce debuting this August at Fringe 2021.  Bard Overboard follows a group of minimally talented actors working on a themed family cruise ship who learn that a powerful Hollywood agent is onboard and embark on a doomed journey to impress him with a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Bard Overboard is a collaboration between the Extra Credit Ensemble, a group founded by actors and directors at Columbia Univer...
Woyzeck – Hope Street Theatre
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Woyzeck – Hope Street Theatre

‘A rollercoaster journey from the heights of black comedy to the depths of Freudian despair.’ With the challenge of picking only one show, I shall stick with the first one I saw as a full preview performance on 2nd January and which, rarely for me, I returned to see again when it played at Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool in the last week of January. Step forward Old Fruit Jar Productions and their debut production, a take on Jack Thorne’s 2017 adaptation of Georg Büchner’s classic play, Woyzeck, with this its first performance since its inaugural West End run by kind permission of the writer himself. It was a delight to see this new young company grabbing the opportunity to do something different and tackle real issues – class divide; poverty; exploitation; mental health – that...
A Christmas Message
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A Christmas Message

To say 2020 has been a tough year for the arts is an understatement. Here at North West End UK we have been resolute in our desire to maintain our support for this amazing industry. We have continued to review throughout the pandemic covering online productions before returning, briefly to theatres when the relevant tier restrictions allowed. We also launched North West End UK LIVE in the Summer to promote the talent we have within our own team. Producing monologues written and performed by our reviewers. The most popular has been the Home Schooling series featuring our very own Yazmin Walker. To celebrate this very different Christmas period Mark Davoren has written an alternative Christmas message and we were thrilled that the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse allowed us to film on ...
Hope Mill Theatre announce full programme for Turn On Fest 2021
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Hope Mill Theatre announce full programme for Turn On Fest 2021

Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre announces today an exciting programme of live and online content for their annual LGBTQIA+ theatre festival Turn On Fest which will return between 18th and 31st January 2021. Headlining the festival will be an evening in conversation with Hope Mill Theatre patron Russell T Davies which will be streamed live on Saturday 23rd January 2021. The evening will be hosted by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh and will look at Davies’ incredible career writing for film and television, including the ground-breaking Queer As Folk, most recent Years and Years starring Russel Tovy and his newest Channel 4 drama, It’s A Sin which premieres on Friday 22nd January 2021. Another festival highlight will be Queer Musical Theatre Cabaret: All That Drag, a celebration of both Drag...
Love is in the air as York Theatre Royal re-opens on Valentine’s Day
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Love is in the air as York Theatre Royal re-opens on Valentine’s Day

York Theatre Royal will open its doors again on Valentine’s Day 2021 with The Love Season, a season of plays from around the world embracing love in its many forms. Chief Executive Tom Bird said: “The Love Season is designed to remind us that human connection – love, sympathy, kindness, mutual understanding, warmth, equality – is what makes us the wonderful human beings we are. In 2021 we want to celebrate humanity, our own community and a sense of togetherness. We want to do that with words, music, dancing, film and even food! It’s going to be fun and we can’t wait.” The theatre will re-open on February 14th with a special event York in Love, currently being finalised. That will be followed by The Love Season (until April 21st) led by the debut tour of award-winning Coronation S...
Everyman & Playhouse look to 2021 as new shows announced for spring
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Everyman & Playhouse look to 2021 as new shows announced for spring

Bold, innovative and brave theatre is back at the Everyman & Playhouse in 2021, as the theatres announce six exciting projects for spring. Among the season are local treasures, multi award-winning visiting productions and a Young Everyman Playhouse takeover of the Everyman auditorium. One of the stand out success stories for the theatres during the pandemic, Love Liverpool: An A-Z of Hope moves from a podcast to the Playhouse stage in April. Threaded together with new writing by Chloë Moss and directed by Nathan Powell, Love Liverpool Live will bring the original commissioned letters and real life stories submitted by the public, and create an on-stage love letter to Liverpool. Nathan Powell said: “I’m absolutely buzzing to be a part of this next chapter for Love Liverpool. Duri...