Tags : universityofleeds

Theatre Review: The Resurrection Men // Open Theatre

There’s nothing like a good ghost story is there? Though the idea of spectral terror is more associated with Halloween, I’d argue it has just as much of a presence during the Christmas period, thanks to the association of remembering the past, the want for light in the darkness, and the Marley and Marley song […]Read More

Theatre Review: Maleficarum // [email protected]

Adapted for radio in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maleficarum is an hour-long play devised by final-year Theatre & Performance undergraduates at the University of Leeds. The production takes full advantage of its new medium, boldly conveying a unique, yet timeless, message through a deft knitting together of historical evidence and creative storytelling. The premise […]Read More

Theatre Review: Pterodactyls // Theatre Group

Pterodactyls, written by Nicky Silver, was the most absurd piece of theatre I have seen in quite some time. Theatre Group’s talented cast of five delivered the dark comedy’s problematic themes with great maturity and comedic timing, bringing light to the harrowing occurrences of this play. Alice Fox, Emily Raven-Baker, Adam Ben, Tiago Ventura and […]Read More

Theatre Review: Two // Theatre Group

As a northern theatre student that finds themself surrounded by southern artists the majority of the time, I cannot tell you how incredibly refreshing it was to watch Two by Jim Cartwright, and directed by Tom Gibson, last week. Focusing on working-class life in a northern pub in the 1980s, Cartwright’s pub is a space […]Read More

Theatre Review: Normal // Open Theatre

After researching the horrifying truths behind the Dusseldorf Ripper, I was sceptical about how Anthony Neilson might have adapted the story into an engaging and ethical piece of theatre. Despite my inital quarms, Open Theatre’s Normal (directed by Eve Walton) managed to deliver a chilling yet charming performance that allowed the audience to penetrate the […]Read More

Theatre Review: Posh // Theatre Group

Intense, hard-hitting, and anger-inducing, Theatre Group‘s production of Posh, by Laura Wade, succeeded in creating a satirical commentary on the immense privilege that comes with being white, male and upper-class. As the company’s director, George Marlin, stated in his director’s note: “Posh is as relevant and topical in a post-Brexit Britain as it was ten […]Read More

Theatre Review: Elevate // Open Theatre

Elevate, which showed at the Pyramid Theatre at Leeds University last week, made use of space and character in a bold and interesting way, with fantastic results. This should come as a surprise to nobody; the range of societies and groups putting on shows at the university are developing a well deserved reputation for their […]Read More

Theatre Review: Wright Off // Open Theatre

“’Farce is dead’, I hear you say… When has it ever been more relevant?!” Being in the presence of Wright Off, written and directed by Luke Haywood, on Saturday evening was nothing but an absolute pleasure. Two hours of belly ache from laughing too much, and gasping for breath whilst whispering “WHAT is going on?!” […]Read More

Theatre Review: Before It Rains // Open Theatre

Katherine Chandler’s Before It Rains, performed by Open Theatre in [email protected], was a divine concoction of brave and beautiful storytelling, and contemporary life’s raw happenings. Punctuated with humour and the tense extremities of humankind, this production is, quite simply, the best show that I have seen a society put on stage during my time at […]Read More

Knocking Down Walls & Uniting Under Conflict With Brickin’ It

Why do we divide during conflict? How does division effect people? Why haven’t we learned from our past? These are only three of the questions that Brickin’ It Theatre Company are trying to tackle in their brand-new production, Sides. Celebrating thirty years since the fall of the Berlin wall, Sides is set in Berlin during […]Read More

Theatre Review: The Aventures of Time Warp Tammy // Open

The Adventures of Time Warp Tammy, written and directed by Céline Nyssens, was a fascinating exploration of mental health, isolation and the commitments we all have to each other. Above all, though, it was a critical examination of the tendency for straight white men to see themselves as a protagonist whilst everyone else’s feelings, thoughts […]Read More