Review: Hot Lane at Spode Works, Stoke on Trent

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Nestled deep in the old industrial heart of Stoke on Trent lies the regenerated Spode factory and inside Claybody Theatre brings their latest locally based drama Hot Lane. Set in Burslem, Edith (Emily Pithon)  returns after mysteriously fleeing the city. Alongside Ediths reasons for returning Deborah McAndrew weaves in and out... Continue Reading →

Review: They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! at the New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Dario Fo Adaptation: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Northern Broadsides have never been ones to shy away from the audience it aims to represent and this new adaptation of Dario Fo's Don't Pay? Won't Pay?  is no different. This is a stimulating farce that packs a punch and inspires a debate. Moving the setting... Continue Reading →

Review: Ugly Duck at The New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

A local play for local people, that sums up Deborah McAndrew’s new production in 6 words. Set in an old Potteries in Burslem, Stoke on Trent. Ugly Duck invites the audience to look into the life of Kat – a young amateur artist, who decides she wants to paint a new canvas portrait of a nude working man – however, she actually decides to paint unemployed middle-aged Dennis.

Review: An August Bank Holiday Lark at The New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

“Keep Calm and Carry On” was the title of an unused poster in World War Two and what a play that recognises that idea. An August Bank Holiday Lark set before and during World War One shows how a rural community in Lancashire is affected by the war. As Director Barrie Rutter writes in the programme “we wanted to stay at home and absorb the impact of the world events”. And this production does just that, showing a local rural community and how the decisions made by those in power can affect them.

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