Music and Theatre Reviews (Leeds)

Verdi’s Aïda (Opera North at Leeds Town Hall, 1 May 2019) reviewed by Stan Graham and Charles Eager

Congratulations, dear Reader; you have been awarded a 2-4-1 deal with two reviews for Opera North’s Aida for the price of one i.e. for naught.  For the second time, Leeds Living sent both myself and my far more informed colleague, Charles Eager, to an event of high culture to gain a broader view. I don’t… Continue reading Verdi’s Aïda (Opera North at Leeds Town Hall, 1 May 2019) reviewed by Stan Graham and Charles Eager

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Music and Theatre Reviews (Leeds)

Byrd-Cage: The Shape of Sound (Chorus of Opera North at Leeds Art Gallery’s Tiled Hall, 28 June 2019)

Charles Eager reviews Byrd-Cage – The Chorus of Opera North at Leeds Art Gallery’s Tiled Hall (27 & 28 June) This programme of modern and Renaissance music—exquisitely performed in an unusual setting—makes for a fascinating evening.    The Chorus of Opera North is usually wrapped up in an orchestral and theatrical setting, competing with loud… Continue reading Byrd-Cage: The Shape of Sound (Chorus of Opera North at Leeds Art Gallery’s Tiled Hall, 28 June 2019)

Music and Theatre Reviews (Leeds), Poetry

Leeds Lit Fest: Adverse Camber’s “The Shahnameh”

Of the events I attended during the first Leeds Literature Festival, this humble, forty-five minute family show was, somewhat surprisingly, the highlight, and its richness deserves an article on its own. As regular readers of my reviews will know is certainly not my custom, I actually arrived early to this show.  The extremely bare stage… Continue reading Leeds Lit Fest: Adverse Camber’s “The Shahnameh”

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

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