It was a big night in Hull on Monday when Hairspray hit the New Theatre stage – make that Big with a capital B.

Big hair, Big voice, Big heart, Big body and Big talent – and that was just one member of this energetic cast, young Baltimore schoolgirl, Tracy Turnblad.

With the Windrush Generation scandal raging around us this is a timely examination of what borders actually mean in a liberal society and what it costs the people who try to migrate across them.

Sometimes taking a play into the community can fall flat in its backside drowning in a sea of worthiness, but when you put the story of Brian Clough’s ill-fated spell at Elland Road into a Leeds working men’s club you are inevitably going to get a very different energy to a conventional theatre.

Tango specialists Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace were among the first dancers to capitalise on the massive success of Strictly Come Dancing and they’re back on the road with a lively show dedicated to the dance that made them world champions.

An acrobatic fantasia of delights awaits those lucky enough to sample this inspiring production of the classic fable, directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan and designed by William Reynolds. Not a carbon copy of the Walt Disney film, but a rollicking performance akin to Cirque du Soleil.

You know when you wonder “did I just hear right?” – well, I asked myself that question just a few minutes into the production of The Kite Runner, at Hull New Theatre on Tuesday evening.

It was certainly a night of shock and awe. The first shock coming when the vile “c” word was spoken on stage (hence me questioning my hearing, above); the awe came at the absolutely amazing acting of everyone taking part.

Upon his seventh birthday, young ogre Shrek is forced out of his ogre mother and fathers swamp and sent out into the “Big Bright Beautiful World” to make his own life and fend for himself. His parents warn him that due to his looks and the fact that he’s an ogre, others may not be so kind to him.

Following a sell-out run in 2016, The Damned United is back touring several Leeds venues - with a brilliant new version for both football and theatre fans alike. Kicking off at city centre based West Yorkshire Playhouse until 7th April, The Damned United is a seventy minute marathon of the highs and lows of the forty-four days in 1974 when the outspoken Brian Clough had his stint as Manager of Leeds United Football Club.

Back by overwhelming public demand, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly guaranteed a packed house at the Hull New Theatre, on Wednesday night.

From my vantage point in row S, I spotted a couple of empty seats, but, as is the norm in this city of culture, its theatregoers were out in force to witness love, heartache, seduction, desertion and tragedy in this most popular of operas.

If I ever get around to reading Graham Greene’s 1938 novel, Brighton Rock, one thing is for certain – the faces of the characters I conjure up in my mind, will be the very ones I have just witnessed bringing this famous book to life.