Our Features Editor Paul Clarke catches up with Mancunian comic Justin Moorhouse as he prepares to tour his new show ‘Northern Joker’.

Justin takes on the world….and his kids.

Justin Moorhouse made his name playing Young Kenny as part of a gaggle of Northern stand ups causing mayhem on the legendary Phoenix Nights and since then he’s built a reputation as of one the nation’s best comics.

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The comic anarchism of Dario Fo holds a fascination for Deborah McAndrew who is adapting his classic satire of civil disobedience Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! for Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal.

Deborah’s adaptation has become They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay? keeping the tone and playfulness of Fo’s classic, but transposing the action to modern Britain.

Deborah had a successful career as an actor, including a memorable run as the spirited Angie Freeman in Coronation Street, but since concentrating on writing she has become one of the cleverest adaptors of classic texts around. One of her early successes was an adaptation of Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist for Halifax based Broadsides a decade ago.

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In the latest North West End interview with artistic directors our West Yorkshire editor Paul Clarke catches up with Slung Low’s Alan Lane to find out more their new Cultural Community College and what they are doing next.

There’s no doubt Slung Low’s site-specific show Flood that they daringly staged in a Hull dock as part of the Humberside’s city of culture was a huge hit so you might expect them to be hard at work planning another spectacular event.

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Award winning playwright Lizzie Nunnery is making a name for herself creating atmospheric pieces that are inspired by historical events but make pertinent points about we never seem to learn from mankind’s seemingly endless capacity for hate and violence.

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Armed with only two loop stations and her voice, spoken word artist Koko Brown’s new show White is a brutally honest reflection on what is it is like to be a mixed race black woman and outsider in modern Britain.

She is taking this new show based on her own experiences growing up in North West London and as a performer to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from Wednesday 15th August.

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In the second part of our interview with Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining he tells our Yorkshire Editor Paul Clarke how the theatre’s long awaited redevelopment will impact on his artistic vision.

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There are big changes ahead at the newly renamed Leeds Playhouse so our Yorkshire Editor Paul Clarke caught up with their Artistic Director James Brining to find out more.

James Brining explains why it is all change at Leeds Playhouse

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It was no surprise that the intrepid women of the Rylstone and District Women’s Institute who stripped off for a charity calendar inspired a hit movie and that heart-warming tale was always a natural fit for a musical.

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Our Yorkshire Editor Paul Clarke talks to Mind the Gap's Chief Executive Julia Skelton  about the company's trailblazing work with creatives with learning disabilities over the last three decades.

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As West Yorkshire Playhouse prepares to close its doors for a multi-million pounds refrub they are saying farewell to the vast Quarry theatre with Searching for the Heart of Leeds celebrating the spirit of their hometown.

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When James Brining came home to Leeds as West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Artistic Director one of the first things he did was programme an Alan Bennett season re-examining the work of the city’s most famous literary son.

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