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10:34am Friday 29th November 2013
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2:48pm Thursday 28th November 2013
NARRATED through the raw and darkly satirical voice of an emotionally fraught adolescent, Michael Wicherek’s Time for the Good Looking Boy stirs a cocktail of visceral audience responses that I did not believe could be achieved in 60 minutes.
10:33am Thursday 28th November 2013
OOPS, I think my age is showing. When asked, several of my younger colleagues told me they know young women like the titular Maggie; a depressing thought for one who believes in respect and dignity for all.
10:08am Wednesday 27th November 2013
10:04am Tuesday 26th November 2013
HER latest album was recorded in the deserts of Tucson, Arizona, and that is reflected in the lyrics, the sound and even her cowgirl-esque attire. This genre suits KT Tunstall well due to the power and beauty of her voice, which was the main focus for this album and her performance.
9:44am Monday 25th November 2013
2:40pm Friday 22nd November 2013
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10:31am Friday 22nd November 2013
MY friend John is, to say the least of it, a Genesis fan. He was that teenage kid in the sticks with his long hair, listening in his bedroom to whimsical earnest, prog rock 1970s albums created by whey-faced public schoolboys.
10:21am Thursday 21st November 2013
11:05am Wednesday 20th November 2013
2:13pm Tuesday 19th November 2013
10:21am Monday 18th November 2013
THEATRE Mill’s debut production of The Importance Of Being Earnest in the Mansion House, official residence of York’s Lord Mayor, was both a surprise and a delight – a perfect blend of play and place.
2:26pm Friday 15th November 2013
2:24pm Friday 15th November 2013
I LOVE Italian food. Whether it’s a steaming dish of spaghetti bolognese topped with parmesan or a crispy pizza laden with mozzarella, every mouthful is utter bliss. At Da Vinci’s restaurant and pizzeria in Chester-le-Street, its English and Italian owners promise wholesome food in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
2:20pm Friday 15th November 2013
2:17pm Friday 15th November 2013
ACTOR Ian Bartholomew not only plays Richard III on stage in York this month he’s also lending his voice to a silent film version of Shakespeare’s play. He and other actors from the production at York Theatre Royal will be voicing a screening of the earliest surviving British film version of the play.
2:15pm Friday 15th November 2013
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1:55pm Thursday 14th November 2013
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10:12am Thursday 14th November 2013
I HAD never stood in a full-on standing ovation before. Surrounded by women and the odd bloke moved to tears by this tale of woe, spontaneously jumping to their feet, I thought ‘this is really something’.
10:11am Thursday 14th November 2013
10:11am Thursday 14th November 2013
2:27pm Thursday 14th November 2013
RESIDENTS of an east Durham community can now step back in time and see how their village has developed over the past century thanks to the hard work of local enthusiasts and support from their local wind farm.
1:51pm Wednesday 13th November 2013
Out of the bombed backdrop of a derelict post-war England school benches and chalkboards protrude from the rubble as director Mark Babych sets the scene for an evening of education satire and internal conflict.
10:14am Wednesday 13th November 2013
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3:21pm Monday 11th November 2013
THE saying is that “the play’s the thing”. But in the case of York-based Theatre Mill the place is the thing as well. Having presented Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest in the Lord Mayor’s official residence, the Mansion House, the York-based theatre company’s new show is being staged in two of the region’s finest buildings.
3:18pm Friday 8th November 2013
3:14pm Friday 8th November 2013
OUR only daughter has two passions in her life: dancing and food. She’s training to be a dancer, having earned a place with a post-graduate company in London. However, she might be persuaded to swap if there was the remotest possibility of being a professional food critic.
2:58pm Friday 8th November 2013
2:55pm Friday 8th November 2013
IF he’s doing his job properly, Phil Corbitt will be greeted by a hail of hisses and battery of boos as he steps on stage as Abanazar in Aladdin at Darlington Civic Theatre. But there will be one person in the audience refusing to shout hostile comments at him – his youngest son.
10:44am Thursday 7th November 2013
THE perfect end, in title alone, to a solid RSC season that has kept the theatre’s box office busy and the critics racking their brains to recall if they had seen a production of this play before (the majority hadn’t).
10:45am Thursday 7th November 2013
HANDEL’S first operatic masterpiece, Agrippina, held up as his most hilarious work, was delivered with biting satirical wit by English Touring Opera at its opening night of Baroque Opera from Venice at the Gala.
9:02am Wednesday 6th November 2013
Handel's first operatic masterpiece Agrippina, held up as his most hilarious work, was delivered with biting satirical wit by English Touring Opera at its opening night of Baroque Opera from Venice at Durham's Gala Theatre.
11:03am Tuesday 5th November 2013
4:32pm Monday 4th November 2013
ASK Cleo Higgins, formerly of singing sisters group Cleopatra, what was the attraction of appearing in Thriller – Live and her answer comes swiftly and surely: “Michael Jackson, of course.” This is the concert show celebrating the music of Jackson and the Jackson 5, first seen in London’s West End in 2009 after touring the UK. World tours have seen the show play in more than 26 countries, with Brazil and Japan being the latest.
10:46am Monday 4th November 2013
10:47am Monday 4th November 2013
WITH the prospect of a full-blown reunion of the classic Peter Gabriel-era Genesis growing ever more remote, it is down to guitarist Steve Hackett to fly the flag and celebrate their music, covering the period from 1971’s Nursery Cryme to Wind and Wuthering, released towards the end of 1976.
12:34pm Thursday 31st October 2013
WHIZZING along the A66 from Darlington to Teesside I must have driven past The Akbar Dynasty curryhouse a hundred times. Being a fan of curries, I have frequently thought: “I must call in there one day”, but despite living in the area for more than a decade I have never actually stopped for a bite to eat.
12:22pm Thursday 31st October 2013
12:21pm Thursday 31st October 2013