Velda Harris

Yorkshire reviewer

Velda has been involved in Drama since taking a degree in BA (Hons) English and Drama at the University of Manchester. She has since worked at the University of Sheffield, the Central School of Speech and Drama, Bretton Hall and the University of Hong Kong.

As well as a number of academic publications, papers and seminars, she has written three plays: Dragon Heart Village, a play devised for S1 Students at the TWGS Kap Yan College (1994) and Street Educators of Sao Paulo and A Language for Life : two short plays devised from Amnesty case histories (1993).

Her directing credits are:

  • Knuckle, Brand, Animal Farm, Cloud Nine (Crucible Studio, Sheffield)
  • The Country Wife, The American Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Crucible, The Visit, What the Butler Saw, The Winter's Tale, The Threepenny Opera (Sheffield City Polytechnic Drama Studio)
  • 20 TIE plays for primary children as writer/deviser

Latest reviews

Oliver Dimsdale as Astrov in Uncle Vanya, The Other Richard

Uncle Vanya

Anton Chekhov. New version by Peter Gill (Sheffield Theatres and Theatr Clwyd at Crucible Studio).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

Joshua Silver and James Lance in 'Kith and Kin' at Sheffield Theatres, Mark Douet

Of Kith and Kin

Chris Thompson (Bush Theatre and Sheffield Theatres at Crucible Studio).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

What We Wished For at Sheffield Theatres, Mark Douet

What We Wished For

Chris Bush (Sheffield People's Theatre at Crucible Theatre).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

The cast of Tommy, Mike Kwasniak

The Who's Tommy

Music and lyrics by Pete Townshend, book by Pete Townsend and Des McAnuff, additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon (A New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich production in co-production with Ramps on the Moon at The Crucible).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

Samuel West as Brutus. Julius Caesar. Sheffield Theatres, Johan Persson

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare (Sheffield Theatres at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

La Strada

Based on the subject and script work by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano and Tullio Pinelli (Belgrade Theatre Coventry at Sheffield Lyceum).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

Nadia Clifford (Jane Eyre) Tim Delap (Rochester) Jane Eyre Tour 2017, Brinkhoff Magenburg

Jane Eyre

Based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë, devised by the original company (National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic at Sheffield Lyceum).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

Dreda Blow as Bellino and Giuliano Contadini as Casanova in Casanova, Emma Kauldhar

Casanova

Kenneth Tindall and Ian Kelly (Northern Ballet at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

Scarpia (Craig Smith) and Tosca (Paula Sides), Richard Hubert Smith

Tosca

Puccini (English Touring Opera at Sheffield Lyceum).
Reviewer: Velda Harris