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The Hold – National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Director: Maria Oller Writer: Adrian Osmond Reviewer: Amy Taylor As one of the characters in Lung Ha’s The Hold laments, “The past is always present”, but as Maria Oller’s production of Adrian Osmond’s play reveals, the past, while ever-present and always following us is also furiously unforgiving. Taking place in various rooms and exhibitions in the National Museum of Scotland, ...

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The Husbands – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Sharmila Chauhan Director: Janet Steel Reviewer: Mary Halton In setting out to ask whether the gender power balance can be redressed in India, writer Sharmila Chauhan creates a commune - Shaktipur - not all that dissimilar from some remote areas of the country, in which the scarcity of women means that they can and do take multiple husbands.However, where ...

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Richard and Adam in Concert – Cadogan Hall, London

Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh Richard and Adam are the two young lads who won the nation's hearts, having just missed the final of Britain's Got Talent only last year. Hailing from the small Welsh community of Holywell, the brothers have catapulted from working in a humble sandwich shop, to securing a million dollar deal with Sony. Following a successful debut album, ...

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Ushers – The Front of House Musical – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Music: Yiannis Koutsakos Music &Lyrics: James Oban &Yiannis Koutsakos Book &Additional Lyrics: James Rottger Director: Max Reynolds Reviewer: Carrie Carter The idea of a front of house musical is one that has been talked about for at least as long as I’ve been working in theatre (which is…a long time). I’ve heard of countless versions actually being completed, further incarnations ...

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CD Review: Jarrod Spector – A Little Help From My Friends – Live at 54 BELOW

Reviewer: Holly Spanner A Little Help From My Friends marks the 25th release from Broadway Records Live at 54 BELOW Series. Described as “musical dorkdom”, the set list was born out of a desire to explore the artists who inspired Frankie Valli. Combined with Spector’s passion for an ever expanding knowledge of Rock n’ Roll history, the album features Spector’s ...

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Refugee Boy – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Benjamin Zephaniah Adaptor: Lemin Sissay Director: Gail McIntyre Designer: Emma Williams Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald A play dealing with the issue of immigration may seem relevant in tackling social attitudes in the modern day, Refugee Boy, however, tackles the issue from a different perspective, resulting in an emotionally stirring and hard-hitting piece with a poignancy that few other productions are ...

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Gabrielle: 20 Years Of Dreaming – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Lowry is an early date on Gabrielle’s 20 Years of Dreaming tour, which may account for some apparent teething problems. The show begins an hour later than the published start time. An announcement at the end of the support act gives the impression that Gabrielle is about to come on stage leaving the audience puzzled when ...

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