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

Northern Ballet ensemble, Emma Kauldhar

The Little Mermaid

David Nixon, music by Sally Beamish (Northern Ballet at Leeds Grand Theatre).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Gemma Dobson (Sue), Taj Atwal (Rita) and James Atherton (Bob), Richard Davenport

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Andrea Dunbar (Out of Joint, Octagon Theatre and the Royal Court at York Theatre Royal).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Joe Sample (Ken "Smudger" Smith), George Stagnell (Ken "Cookey" Cooke), Adam Bruce (Dennis "Hank" Haydock), Thomas Lillywhite (Albert "Bert" Barritt) and Carl Wylie (George "Merry" Meredith), Michael J Oakes

Bomb Happy

Helena Fox (Everwitch Theatre, Helmsley Arts Centre and York Normandy Veterans at Square Chapel, Halifax).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Kathleen Yore (ice cream seller), Odd Doll

Seaside Terror

Adam Z Robinson, Kathleen Yore and Rebekah Caputo (Odd Doll and Littlemighty at Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Bettrys Jones (Oskar) and Sarah Wright (Oskar), Steve Tanner

The Tin Drum

Carl Grose, based on the novel by Günter Grass (Kneehigh, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Louise Jameson (Miss Marple), White Tip Media

A Murder Is Announced

Leslie Darbon, based on the novel by Agatha Christie (Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd at York Theatre Royal).
Reviewer: James Ballands

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