Reviews: Theatre, Music and Festivals

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Emmerdale and Corrie stars to go on the Piste


On The Piste, Cast Theatre, runs from October 9-11.

On the Piste, by BAFTA award winning Yorkshire playwright John Godber is set to slalom into Cast theatre next month.

Produced by The John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield, On the Piste stars Roxanne Pallett (Emmerdale’s Jo Stiles) and Samantha Seager (Coronation Street’s Jodie Morton) alongside Tom Rooke, Peter Macmillan and Matthew Stathers as the Brits abroad head to the slopes and sauna’s of the French Alps.

Following on from the sell out performances of John Godber’s Bouncers earlier in the year On the Piste follows life on a ski slope in Chamonix from the point of view of various characters, including the ski novices and ski instructors Tony, Isobel, Michelle and Marie.

On The Piste premiered at the Derby Playhouse in 1990 in a co-production with Hull Truck Theatre Company and was nominated for the Olivier Comedy of the Year

Award in 1993 and again in 1994.

Writer and director John Godber’s plays have been performed across the world.

He is the third most performed playwright in the English language, behind Shakespeare and Ayckbourn, and has won numerous awards including a Lawrence Olivier award for Up ‘n’ Under and seven Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards.

Born in Yorkshire, John was the Artistic Director of Hull Truck Theatre Company for 26 years before becoming Creative Director of Wakefield Theatre Royal in 2011.

John’s plays include; Up ‘n’ Under, April in Paris, Teechers, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Cramp, Happy Jack and September in the Rain.

Tickets for On the Piste cost £17 or £14 with concessions and can be booked through calling the box office on 01302 303 959 or by visiting


The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour 2014, Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, October 17

Some of Britain’s best loved boy bands from years gone by, who have all appeared on the Big Reunion television show, are set to perform at the Motorpoint Arena next month.

A total of seven bands from series both series’ Five, Blue, 911 plus A1, Damage, 3T and the recently formed 5th Story featuring Gareth Gates, Dane Bowers, Adam Rickitt, Kavana and Kenzie.

Series one of The Big Reunion which aired last year starred some of the biggest pop groups of the nineties coming together for the ultimate reunion.

Acts featured included Five and 911 who were joined by surprise addition Blue mid-way through the series.

The groups were thrust back into the spotlight, reliving their dreams and revealing the highs and lows of life in a pop group.

The groups followed the success of the programme by embarking on two UK and Irish tours in May and December, performing in arenas to almost 200,000 fans.

The show returned to TV screens this February with a brand new line-up of popstars – including Boy Band Tour members A1, Damage, 3T and the newly formed 5th Story.

Combined they have had 27 top ten hits including five number ones, won MOBO, Smash Hits, and MTV awards and played to sold out crowds around the world.

Tickets from £30.25. Call the box office on 0114 2 56 56 56 to book.


Off the Shelf Festival, runs from October 11- November 1

Sheffield’s annual literature event Off The Shelf is back again this year for its 23rd year.

Authors attending this year include the likes of poet and author Simon Armitage, Paul Merton from Have I Got News For You, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and John Lydon of The Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.

John Lydon will be at the Octagon on October 15 talking about his autobiography, Anger is an energy.

Outspoken, controversial and heartfelt, Lydon’s book looks back on an extraordinary life in a memoir full of surprises, humour and emotion.

He represented a generation clamouring for change, reinventing himself to front PiL, to explore musical styles through his solo career.

From a sickly childhood in post-war London to his status as a national anti hero and one of the most recognisable icons in music history.

This year’s event will be the biggest ever Off The Shelf festival, with more than 200 events, including 40 with community groups from across the city. There are some pre-festival tasters and some post-festival specials to enjoy.

There is also a truly international strand with guests from Jamaica, Cuba, Sweden and the Czech Republic as well as a celebration of literature from a little closer to home with a ‘dawn to dusk’ Dylan Thomas day to mark the Centenary of Wales’ greatest poet.