Thursday, July 7

Tag: North West End UK

North West End UK needs YOU!
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North West End UK needs YOU!

North West End UK was created in 2015 primarily based in the Greater Manchester area before quickly expanding to cover Merseyside and parts of Yorkshire. Fast forward to today and we now cover many more locations including Glasgow, London and Birmingham, with our Edinburgh team currently preparing for our busiest Fringe season ever. We review shows from the London Palladium in the heart of the West End to church halls, both professional and amateur. You can visit us at www.northwestend.com Despite our continued success demand is outstripping our ability to provide reviews to all the performances we are invited to and need to recruit more to our regional teams. To join our volunteer team, you do not need to have had previous experience, but we will ask you to provide us with an ‘audi...
Greater Manchester and Edinburgh Fringe are back!
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Greater Manchester and Edinburgh Fringe are back!

As the arts continues to return to what we used to call normal, we are starting to look ahead to both Greater Manchester and Edinburgh’s Fringe festivals. North West End UK has been supporting GM Fringe since our creation in 2014 and Edinburgh Fringe since 2018 following our expansion, and we are looking forward to the biggest year yet at both festivals. We are currently busy recruiting reviewing teams at both locations and look forward to having the largest number of reviewers onboard prior to the opening of each festival. If you know of anyone interested in joining our team for either just the festival or all year round reviewing, please ask them to contact the relevant email address below. GM Fringe runs from the 1st – 31st July and Edinburgh returns from the 5th – 29th August. W...
North West End UK announces major expansion
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North West End UK announces major expansion

North West End UK today announces a major expansion as theatres prepare to return reopen next month in the first major step to normality following the Covid-19 epidemic. North West End UK (NWE) was founded in 2015 with the vision of promoting and reviewing amateur, fringe and professional theatre on an equal platform. With just a 2 man team in the beginning, the site has grown over the last 6 years and now has over 100 reviewers on their books across the UK. NWE has worked tirelessly during the pandemic in continuing to review online offerings from theatres and producers across the internet. Covering nearly 500 productions they have been one of the leading exponents of online theatre in the UK since March 2020. During this time they have also worked hard to forge contacts across the...
Casting Announced for North West End UK Live at The Garrick
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Casting Announced for North West End UK Live at The Garrick

North West End UK are thrilled to announce casting for our one night only concert which concludes the first week of the inaugural Alty Festival taking place at the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse on the 29th November 2020. Since our creation North West End UK has championed amateur theatre on the same platform as their professional counterparts, and this concert cements our belief that both genres are equal in every way. We have brought together three sensational multi award winning vocalists for a very special evening of musical theatre. Featuring some of the most memorable show tunes from productions including Ghost, Miss Saigon, Annie, Jekyll & Hyde, Matilda, We Will Rock You, Waitress and SIX, Bethany Heywood (Wedding Singer – PAP Productions), Sophie Lord (Little Shop of H...
The Show Must Go On: Fame the Musical – YouTube
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The Show Must Go On: Fame the Musical – YouTube

The Show Must Go On YouTube channel makes a timely return to bring some theatre back into our lives. This week’s offering is Fame the Musical, the 30th anniversary production filmed at the Phoenix Theatre in London last year. Fame the Musical is based on the 1980’s film of the same name. It follows a group of students through their time at the School of Performing Arts in New York from their first day to their graduation. Many issues are briefly portrayed in this show, illiteracy, drug abuse, sexuality, weight worries, prejudice and the need to succeed. Cramming all of this into a small space means that each subject is merely touched upon. This keeps the pace up but at times makes the story feels disjointed. What the story lacks in cohesion the cast make up for in energy. The...
Tonight at the London Coliseum: Carrie Hope Fletcher
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Tonight at the London Coliseum: Carrie Hope Fletcher

From the moment I saw Carrie Hope Fletcher, I was mesmerised. A petite girl-next-door with a big voice, she blew me away when I saw snippets of her 3-year stint as Les Misérables’ tragic demi-heroine Éponine at the Queen’s Theatre, London, from 2013-2016. So, naturally, I jumped at the chance to review a one-time exclusive pre-recorded event - a night at the London Coliseum with Fletcher herself, delivered by Broadway on Demand. As the show was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, the performance took place in front of an empty theatre, but Carrie’s talent is such that all she needed was a microphone, a piano, and her tremendous voice. That was enough to fill the London Coliseum twice over, with plenty more to spare. What a performance it was! The only thing that was missing was t...
Declan – Traverse Theatre
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Declan – Traverse Theatre

Kieran Hurley’s powerful theatre work Mouthpiece has been transformed into a 25-minute short film Declan for Traverse Theatre’s online festival in lieu of the Edinburgh International Festival. Angus Taylor revives the titular role of Declan with ferocity, anger and tenderness. Although the script is only altered slightly from the original theatre work, the relationship between Declan and failing playwright Libby is compromised here, but we gain a more intimate insight into Declan’s home life and lived experience. Transferring Mouthpiece to film has allowed Declan’s artwork to come forth among animated sections of plot. Nisan Yetkin’s stunning and emotional animations bring interactions to life between Declan and an unseen Libby, driving the relationship between them with written dia...
The Complete Works of Shakespeare*…*but just the Deaths (and the gory bits too) – The Space UK
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The Complete Works of Shakespeare*…*but just the Deaths (and the gory bits too) – The Space UK

Even though the title may be a tad too long, I could have carried on watching this play for much longer than its 45 minutes.  Taking their name from a quote in Macbeth, the Cream Faced Loons have done a remarkable job to stage this wonderfully refreshing take on Shakespeare’s plays in a digital environment.  Before the pandemic ‘the Loons’ liked to perform in site specific locations such as castles and parks but have adapted their style to You Tube and it showcases their versatility and unique take on the Shakespearean classics. The challenge is to perform all 10187 deaths that appear in Shakespeare’s 37 plays.  That seems rather a lot I hear you say, but all is made clear later on in the show.  Will you take up the challenge to tick off the deaths as the show goes ...
Squad Goals to have world premiere at Dagenham and Redbridge FC
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Squad Goals to have world premiere at Dagenham and Redbridge FC

Squad Goals is a brand-new immersive show from Caspa Productions, opening for its world premiere at Dagenham & Redbridge Football Ground. Where better than to launch a show about football than in a football stadium as a socially distanced outdoor experience! This lively and inspiring play tells of the lives, ambitions and relationships among a diverse group of young female school leavers who are inspired by the success of England’s lionesses and form a 5-a-side squad in their hometown, Dagenham. Squad Goals follows the challenges they face as they struggle to be taken seriously in a world seemingly designed to stop them reaching their potential. Writer and co-director Michelle Payne comments Growing up in Essex, football was really important to me, I wanted to create show th...
Emma Rice’s theatre company Wise Children bring digital tour of Romantics Anonymous to Liverpool
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Emma Rice’s theatre company Wise Children bring digital tour of Romantics Anonymous to Liverpool

A live performance of Wise Children, Bristol Old Vic and Plush Theatre Productions’ acclaimed Romantics Anonymous will be performed live and broadcast directly to Liverpool audiences on Tuesday 22nd September. In an act of industry solidarity, partner theatres across the world will sell tickets for director Emma Rice’s acclaimed musical on different nights of the week, with the Everyman & Playhouse joining eight other venues from the North of England for the Tuesday evening performance. Each night will be tailored to audiences at those different theatres, with a sprinkle of local flavour added before the stream begins. The musical, which will be performed live in Bristol Old Vic, is part of a five-day digital ‘tour’ involving 34 different theatres from 22nd – 26th September. ...