James Ballands

Yorkshire reviewer

James Ballands recently finished his PhD in Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York, where he has taught on various undergraduate modules.

For the past four years he has also run a series of film courses at York’s much-loved City Screen on such diverse topics as the French New Wave, Ingmar Bergman, the film noir genre and Orson Welles.

Latest reviews

Kerry Peers (Mrs Bennet), Alice Haig (Kitty), Bethan Mary-James (Elizabeth), Adrian Irvine (Mr Bennet), Olivia Onyehara (Lydia), Rebecca D’souza (Jane) and Rachel Partington (Mary), Stephen Cummiskey

Pride and Prejudice

Sara Pascoe, based on the novel by Jane Austen (York Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at York Theatre Royal).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Sean Murray (Jack), John O'Dowd (Jim), Sam O'Mahony (Brendan), Natalie Radmall-Quirke (Valerie) and Louis Dempsey (Finbar), Marc Brenner

The Weir

Conor McPherson (English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre, Colchester at Cast, Doncaster).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Daniel Naddafy (Goose) and Danny Childs (Ugly), Brian Slater

Ugly Duckling

Emma Reeves (tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal at York Theatre Royal).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Jos Vantyler (Arthur) and Sarah-Jane Potts (Rose), Nobby Clark

For Love or Money

Blake Morrison, based on the play Turcaret by Alain-René Lesage (Northern Broadsides at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Sean McKenzie (Ken) and Jessica Johnson (Belinda), Tony Bartholomew

Goth Weekend

Ali Taylor (Stephen Joseph Theatre Company and Live Theatre at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Emily Spowage (Heaton), Josie Cerise (Emley), Richard Hand (Spen), Sophie Mercer (Iffy) and Esther-Grace Button (Shelley), Anthony Billington

The Ruck

Kevin Fegan (Creative Scene and the Lawrence Batley Theatre at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Louise Shuttleworth (Mrs Reginald ffluke), Frances Marshall (Lady Caroline Kirkbridge) and Laura Matthews (Lady Cynthia), Tony Bartholomew

A Brief History of Women

Alan Ayckbourn (Stephen Joseph Theatre Company at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough).
Reviewer: James Ballands