"A poet of the everyday world, he is consistently good" - Brian Patten
"I like the humanity... the way his poems seem to be full of real people feeling real emotions" - Ian McMillan
"He has an ear for popular diction reminiscent of Alan Bennett. His eye for comic fiction reminds me of Roger McGough" - Jim Greenhalf, Bradford Telegraph & Argus
The Bronte Boy
“What the play does brilliantly is… the verbal interplay between the principal characters. One feels these are real people. Yates knows his Brontes well. Redolent with pithy exchanges and thoughtful thought-provoking dialogue… (the play has) philosophical depth.” - Bob Duckett in Bronte Studies, Volume 38.
"Abigail's Party meets Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? via Private Lives - all in a deliberate, ironic and knowing way. This play cleverly sends up theatrical standards and types within a conventionally familiar format, and in doing so, makes lots of wry observations about the nature of theatre, celebrity and, well, luvvies. The pace is good, the characters nicely fleshed out and the dialogue witty and eloquent. Stylish." – The 24:7 Manchester Drama Festival
"This is a clever, well-written piece. The dialogue is crisp and pointed. The punchy, bitchy dialogue is great fun with an undercurrent of tragedy that forever threatens to break the surface. I was immediately thrust into the world of the play and it kept me hooked.” - The Write Now Liverpool Drama Festival
Sunday Afternoon Again
"The play is an often charming piece, with some great poetic language.T he minutely observed details from the characters' lives really make the location and era of the play sing out and there are some lovely idiosyncracies that make the moments feel real" - The 24:7 Manchester Drama Festival
"As for the author's efforts at female banter, the female cast feel he has got it right!" - Alison Lyon, Yorkshire Evening Post.
The Navigator's Daughter
"A move away from the author's quirky comedies of the past, the show features some of his blackest touches of humour but is set to be an emotional tour de force" - Wakefield Express
"The play allows us to explore a broad range of human emotions and characteristics" - Carl Miller, Wakefield Express
Branwell & Other Stories
"Unputdownable – a story to be read at a single sitting!" – William Thirsk-Gaskill on Till My Eyes Bleed