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Friday, April 1, 2022

The House With Chicken Legs review – inventive folk tale is in fine feather by Nick Ahad

Home, ManchesterSophie Anderson’s novel about a ‘yaga’ ushering the newly dead to the next world is put on its feet in this exuberant show Is the house going to grow chicken legs and r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, March 27, 2022

Say Yes to Tess review – Yorkshire election campaign musical is a joy by Nick Ahad

Leeds PlayhouseWhile unrefined, this show based on Tess Seddon’s failed attempt to stand for parliament, has a heart the size of at least one of the Ridings There is a neat irony here: had…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Sunday, February 27, 2022

71 Coltman Street review – the raucous origins of Hull Truck theatre company by Nick Ahad

Hull TruckOne-liners and vernacular idiosyncrasies at the ready, the Hull-born One Man, Two Guvnors playwright Richard Bean takes us back to 1971 and the founding of a local institution Ori…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Friday, February 11, 2022

Anna Karenina review – Tolstoy meets Baz Luhrmann in a magnificent spectacle by Nick Ahad

Crucible, SheffieldWith hula hoops and a giant cake, this show bashes the narrative with disco glitz but keeps tragedy at its centre That the props department had to source a giant birthday …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Thursday, February 10, 2022

An Adventure review – epic trek from India to England with a stunning debut by Nick Ahad

Octagon, BoltonThe regional premiere of Vinay Patel’s six-decade, three-continent story features a fantastic first professional performance from Saba Shiraz Early on in this three-act, two…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Friday, January 28, 2022

Human Nurture review – urgent tale of race, identity and privilege by Nick Ahad

Studio, SheffieldRyan Calais Cameron’s story of two young men who grew up together in care is flawed yet has a visceral rawness A writer singled out as a future star, Ryan Calais Cameron (…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03PM
Thursday, January 6, 2022

Wendy and Peter Pan review – swashbuckling bombast, darkness and laughs by Nick Ahad

Leeds PlayhouseAfter a run at the Tokyo Olympics, this production arrives in Britain with every ounce of humour and verve exploited to the full A witty retelling of a classic that leaves no …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Friday, December 17, 2021

She Loves Me review – a festive musical in tune with our times by Nick Ahad

Crucible, SheffieldThis story of loneliness and romantic disappointment is not obvious Christmas show material but has a lot to say about the season An attempted suicide, characters in the g…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Treasure Island review – BSL production a sign of progress by Nick Ahad

Derby theatreJim Hawkins becomes a young woman (or two) in this joyous but flawed adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale While this is a sometimes flawed production, with an o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Monday, October 25, 2021

The Trial review – even a tale of alienation needs an emotional anchor by Nick Ahad

The Civic, BarnsleyProper Job’s staging of Kafka’s unfinished novel has a watchable lead and some cracking jokes, but leaves us short on connection There is a clue about what is to come …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Dracula: The Untold Story review – a wild gothic thrill ride by Nick Ahad

Leeds PlayhouseFor a tale of the undead, Imitating the Dog’s inventive blend of live theatre and tech is bursting with life Having tackled zombies in its most recent production, Night of t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Typical Girls review – a blast of punky gig-theatre fuelled by the Slits by Nick Ahad

Crucible, SheffieldA group of female prisoners come together for a concert in Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s energetic and joyful play You wait three years for a new Morgan Lloyd Malcolm play and…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wrestling's grand slam: when Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy were kings by Nick Ahad

As a boy, Nick Ahad idolised the wrestlers he saw on Saturday TV. Now he has revisited the sport’s northern heartland in Glory, a state-of-the-nation play that captures the thrill of the r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:04AM
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Aladdin review at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford – ‘panto perfection’ by Nick Ahad

Christopher Biggins arrives on stage as Widow Twankey in a cake emblazoned with a great 20™ and the curtain call ends with

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Race is still a touchy subject at the Edinburgh fringe by Nick Ahad

As the only brown person in the room at The Glang Show, I couldn’t shake a sense of otherness when a quip turned sourI’m a few months into a new career as a standup comedian. I’ve had …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33PM
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Keepy Uppy review at Grand Theatre, Leeds – ‘inventive theatre for young children’ by Nick Ahad

Ask anyone who has trained with Philippe Gaulier: clowning is seriously hard work. A reminder of just how hard comes in Keepy

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 10:36AM
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

When We Were Brothers review at the Underground, Bradford – ‘moving and hopeful’ by Nick Ahad

With his background writing for Coronation Street, playwright Ben Tagoe knows how to crank up the tension in a confined space. With

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 07:19AM
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hamlet review at Octagon Theatre, Bolton – ‘epic and intimate’ by Nick Ahad

In the 50th anniversary year of Bolton’s Octagon Theatre, current artistic director Elizabeth Newman has invited back previous holders of the role

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 09:53AM
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Cinderella review at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford – ‘stage-filling magnetism’ by Nick Ahad

The Bradford Alhambra pantomime, part of the Qdos stable, is one of the biggest in the country and this year it doesn’t

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 08:49AM

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