Cyrano

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - /9 - NEW VIC THE­ATRE, STOKE NICK AHAD

Wit, en­ergy and panache; all ad­jec­tives of­ten as­so­ci­ated with North­ern Broad­sides.

The York­shire-based com­pany was es­tab­lished a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago by Bar­rie Rut­ter to tell the sto­ries of Shake­speare in the North­ern voice.

These days it does a lit­tle more than just Shake­speare, up­dat­ing clas­sic texts and giv­ing them a North­ern swag­ger. Over the past decade the com­pany has turned to for­mer ac­tor Deb­o­rah McAn­drew for the script up­dates – and she has de­liv­ered, some­thing she does again with her script for Cyrano.

An adap­ta­tion of Ed­mond Ro­stand’s Cyrano de Berg­erac, McAn­drew’s script is at turns epic and in­ti­mate, funny and pro­found and se­ri­ously beau­ti­ful.

The hero of the story be­lieves him­self not to be beau­ti­ful. De­spite his rapier wit, his wit with a rapier and his feats of der­ring-do, Cyrano can’t see past the end of his very long nose. Nor, he be­lieves, will the ob­ject of his af­fec­tion Rox­ane.

She falls in love with the heart across the bridge along­side the sound of the bridge, its weather and traf­fic. The piece was cre­ated by Nor­we­gian jazz trum­peter Arve Hen­rik­sen, elec­tronic mu­si­cian Jan Bang and gui­tarist Eivind Aarset com­bin­ing or­ches­tral and cho­ral mu­sic with field record­ings made by Hull sound artist Jes ri­ley French.

Glenn Ib­bit­son: Leeds artist Glenn Ib­bit­son re­turns to his home town to present a range of fine art cat­a­logues, artist’s books and graphic nov­els at the In­ter­na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Artists’ Book Fair at the Tet­ley this week­end. Though known for his por­trai­ture and ac­com­plished paint­ings of cir­cus per­form­ers, book of the poet Cyrano, but the face of his ci­pher Chris­tian. Cyrano, the ul­ti­mate self­less hero, writes in­creas­ingly pas­sion­ate mis­sives to the woman he loves un­til she is in rap­tures, deeply in love with the wrong man. It is a beau­ti­ful story and hinges en­tirely on the per­for­mance of Cyrano.

The man with the nose is played with a sense of enor­mous en­ergy and great pathos by Chris­tian Ed­wards. The chem­istry be­tween him and Sharon Singh’s Rox­ane is com­pelling.

Open­ing at Stoke’s New Vic The­atre be­fore go­ing on a na­tional tour, Cyrano is a perfect ex­am­ple art has given Ib­bit­son the op­por­tu­nity to work with a medium which sparked his ini­tial in­ter­est in the vis­ual arts. “As a boy, I squan­dered my pocket money on Amer­i­can su­per­hero comics,” he

Bat­ley cel­e­bra­tion: Bat­ley may be about to find its own West End su­per­star with the ar­rival of

West End di­rec­tor Nick Evans to stage a pro­duc­tion of Les Misérables School Edi­tion this sum­mer in Blak­eridge Mill. This unique event will fea­ture a cast and crew of lo­cal young peo­ple, aged 13-19, to cel­e­brate the life of MP Jo

Cox. Les Misérables was Jo’s favourite mu­si­cal and the per­for­mances will take place in her for­mer con­stituency of Bat­ley & Spen. Au­di­tions are on March 11 and 12. Any­one in­ter­ested should go along to St Mary’s So­cial Club, Bat­ley.

PICTURE: NOBBY CLARK

RO­MANCE: North­ern Broad­sides’ Cyrano is at the West York­shire Play­house this week.

SOUNDSCAPE: Jazz mu­si­cian Arve Hen­rik­sen at the Hum­ber Bridge in Hull.

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