Music and Theatre Reviews (Leeds)

Leeds Lit Fest: Review – A Trio of Events

Charles Eager reviews 34 Years of Peepal Tree Press, Anna Beer: Patriot or Traitor – The Life and Death of Sir Walter Raleigh, and Nunkie Theatre: A Pleasing Terror- Two Stories by M R James. I have always been somewhat sceptical of Literature Festivals, given my conviction that almost all literary figures worth seeing are… Continue reading Leeds Lit Fest: Review – A Trio of Events

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Poetry

Two Poems Translated from German by Charles Eager

Anonymous (12th Century), ‘Du bist mein’ (‘You are mine’) I am yours and you, mine are; Of this ought you be ‘ware. You are a part of, prisoner in, my heart; The little key is gone afar. You must remain there, where you are. The original (modernised): Du bist mein, ich bin dein; Des sollst du gewiß sein. Du bist… Continue reading Two Poems Translated from German by Charles Eager

Poetry

Poem: ‘Providence and Poetic Tradition’ by Charles Eager

This poem was originally published by The Society of Classical Poets: https://classicalpoets.org/2019/03/08/providence-and-poetic-tradition-by-charles-eager/ The original post on classicalpoets.org features a link to 'The Threads' by Evan Mantyk, to which this poem is a response, and a lively debate between me and the Society's other poets, who hate the poem. I fell into a radiant sleep; Thereon… Continue reading Poem: ‘Providence and Poetic Tradition’ by Charles Eager

Music and Theatre Reviews (Leeds), Poetry, Shakespeare

Stan Graham’s Hamlet Review (with Commentary by Charles Eager), Leeds Playhouse, 5 March 2019

The first half of this article, which is hilarious, was written by my friend and colleague, Stan Graham. Originally published at: http://leedsliving.co.uk/art-culture/review-hamlet-with-commentary-by-charles-eager/ I have spent 69 years, 5 months and 13 days on this planet and have only just seen my first live Shakespeare play. I watched Macbeth on television a few years ago but… Continue reading Stan Graham’s Hamlet Review (with Commentary by Charles Eager), Leeds Playhouse, 5 March 2019

Ballet Review (Leeds), Music and Theatre Reviews (Leeds)

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Opera North, 16 Feb 2019)

‘The Rite of Spring’ (Stravinsky, Phoenix Dance Theatre) and ‘Gianni Schicchi’ (Puccini, Opera North) at Leeds Grand Theatre, Saturday 16 Feb 2019 The combination of Stravinsky’s pagan religious ceremonies with Puccini’s comically undevout Christians makes for an evening which, whilst slightly jarring, is by turns harrowing and hilarious. All photographs by Tristram Kenton The Rite… Continue reading Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Opera North, 16 Feb 2019)

Music and Theatre Reviews (Leeds)

‘War and Peace’: The Cardinall’s Musick at Howard Assembly Room, Friday 15 Feb 2019

(Originally published at: http://leedsliving.co.uk/art-culture/war-and-peace-the-cardinalls-musick-at-howard-assembly-room-friday-15-feb-2019/) A programme combining dark and light, war and peace, and old and modern makes for an evening of memorable music. The Cardinall’s Musick—named after Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, hence the early modern spelling—consists of eight voices (two sopranos, altos, tenors, basses) and conductor Patrick Craig. As the house lights dim, the group… Continue reading ‘War and Peace’: The Cardinall’s Musick at Howard Assembly Room, Friday 15 Feb 2019