It’s true that until recently, I didn’t know much more about Edith Piaf than her song: “Non, je ne regrette rien”, which has always been a ‘go-to’ for anyone sticking their chin out to the world. I vaguely recall my grandmother would also say: “Ooh she had a tragic life,” whenever The Little Sparrow was … Continue reading Review: Piaf. Leeds Playhouse
A Little Night Music; Leeds PlayHouse It is good to be back at Leeds Playhouse, whose latest partnership with Opera North – is currently dazzling audiences with Stephen Sondheim’s ‘A Little Night Music’. Although I was incredibly fortunate to have witnessed and absorbed the intensity of ‘Decades’ back in June, which represented the first foray … Continue reading Review: A Little Night Music. Opera North & Leeds Playhouse
We are starting to emerge from our hibernation of the last 15 months – and for lots of us, a priority is being able to access the arts once again in a physical, up-close way – as opposed to through a screen. BALTIC, the iconic former flour mill on the south bank of the River … Continue reading Preview: Lumen – Sutapa Biswas. Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Sunday evening saw the culmination of 4 days of exquisite musical offerings from this year’s Leeds Lieder Festival, with Festival Director Joseph Middleton joined on stage by soprano Carolyn Sampson and baritone Roderick Williams. The closing recital – cleverly unpacking gender fluidity and the question of identity – was one of a number of five-star … Continue reading Review: Leeds Lieder Festival. Leeds Town Hall
An eagerly anticipated creative event on the ‘easing-of-lockdown’ calendar took place last night, as two of the North’s most dynamic arts organisations were back together. Leeds Town Hall welcomed back Manchester Collective for the first ‘live, in-person’ concert of what promises to be a very special summer of diverse creative offerings emanating from LS1. Manchester … Continue reading Preview: Manchester Collective and Mahan Esfahani. Leeds Town Hall
Thankfully, there does seem to be one vital element of life that this blasted Covid19 can’t completely disrupt: books and all things bookery. While I’m excelling at becoming a social outcast in my little patch of North Yorkshire, I’ve amassed a life-saving collection of reads to see me through until I can start on the … Continue reading Chris Nickson – Author. 10 Years of Writing. 10 Years of Leeds.
Having encountered Harland Miller back in the early 00’s, through his first novel – ‘Slow down Arthur, Stick to thirty’ – (David Bowie impersonator/northern kid/road trip. Read it) – I was intrigued to meet the man himself. Fortunately, Harland as artist spent some time recently at one of the most gorgeous creative spaces in the … Continue reading Harland Miller. York – So Good They Named It Once. York Art Gallery
It wasn’t clear if it was art imitating life – or life imitating art at Northern Stage on 18 February as the nation’s favourite Prime Ministers [?] moved left, right, forwards and backwards, while attempting to strategise over the ‘B’ word (that’s Brexit – not Boris). Journalist and playwright Jonathan Maitland’s latest creation: The Last … Continue reading Review: The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson. Northern Stage
A Teesside University academic with a special interest in the social evolution of our region captured on film, has partnered with the North East Film Archive to launch Rewinding the Welfare State, a touring programme of screenings which form part of the Archive’s North East on Film project and aims to connect the region’s communities … Continue reading Rewinding the Welfare State: An examination of North-East Social History on Film. Various locations across the North in 2020.
A new theatrical version of The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff performed by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners, The Young’uns opens Northern Stage’s 50th anniversary season this February. Directed by Lorne Campbell, The Young’uns, Northern Stage and Harbourfront Centre Toronto present a musical celebration of northern working-class activism, following the smash-hit success of The Last … Continue reading Preview: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff. Northern Stage