Bad Girls The Musical: appropriately disturbing

Set in a British women’s prison, Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus’ now-thirteen-year-old musical adaptation of their own ITV series returns to York, this time storming the stage at John Cooper Studio on Monkgate, presented with jubilation by local amateur production company NE Musicals. Continue reading

Handbagged: The Queen and the Iron Lady head-to-head

You know it’s a good play when you almost forget that you’re meant to be taking notes. And Handbagged is a very good play. By imagining what might have happened in the weekly meetings between the Queen and the Iron Lady, Moira Buffini has created a play that is engaging, funny, and best of all, great fun to watch. Continue reading

My Mother Said I Never Should: Holding back the years

London Classic Theatre’s Artistic Director Michael Cabot revives their nigh-flagship millennial production in this new iteration of Charlotte Keatley’s era-hopping domestic drama, purported to be the most widely performed play ever written by a woman, though it is new to York Theatre Royal. Spanning four generations of women, the play examines motherhood, growing pains, innocence and self-preservation. Continue reading

Whisky Galore: Best Served with Water of Life

Director Kevin Shaw pools the resources of Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and New Vic Theatre to produce this new adaptation of Whisky Galore, written by Philip Goulding, set in a nineteen-fifties Cooperative Hall. Inspired by the all-female touring theatre troupe the Osiris Players, this light-hearted show pays homage to a domino-set of communities in its conception, honouring the simple pleasures in life. Continue reading