Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Love and War on Tyneside

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Love and War on Tyneside

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Byline: By Charlie Bramley

Riot ( Customs House, South Shields.

Based on the true story of the Yemini seamen's riot, which took place right outside the Custom's House in 1930, this new play by Peter Mortimer is an astounding piece of work. It documents the real life events of 1930, providing a hard-hitting play that is both controversial and moving. Although, this is clearly a political play, there is a love story at its heart and this acts as a hook into what the play is really about. The stage was set very simply and subtly, which helps add even more of an authentic element to the story. There weren't any interruptions by props being moved back and forth, and there also weren't any over-elaborate attempts to try and be dramatic.

The actors were very professional and put on fine performances all round. I thought Neil Armstrong was particularly effective as George, as was Leonard Estranero as Yussuf. The main source of humour came from Wayne Miller who played a newspaper seller. …

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