Steven Miller (Davy) and Paul-James Corrigan (Ally) in Sunshine on Leith.

Review: Sunshine on Leith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

There were more than a few moments during Sunshine on Leith when I came close to vaulting over the people in front, grabbing a guitar and elbowing a few cast members out of the way. It’s infectious, joyous and full of heart, it was an inspired choice by artistic director James Brining to revive the hit he had in Dundee as his last big show before the Playhouse closes for a major redevelopment.

Author Benjamin Myers.

The Yorkshire author now vying for historical fiction’s most prestigious prize

He may be represented by the smallest publisher on the shortlist, but author Benjamin Myers is now vying for one of literature’s biggest - and most prestigious - prizes. Based in the Upper Calder Valley, Mr Myers’ The Gallows Pole has been nominated for this year’s £25,000 Walter Scott Prize, set up to celebrate the best in historical fiction.

Luke Dickson as Brian Clough in The Damned United.

Review: The Damned United, West Yorkshire Playhouse

The story of Brian Clough’s infamous 44 days in charge of Leeds United in 1974 had a large cast of characters. Aside from Big ’Ead himself, there were 11 players, the backroom staff, the ghost of former manager Don Revie and Clough’s own demons. Red Ladder’s production, based on David Peace’s book of the same name, has just three.

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