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366 Days of Kindness – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Bernadette Russell &Gareth Brierley Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Seb Farrell Can Kindness Change the World? A question we’re asked more than once during the course of this unusual and reflective piece of fringe style theatre. Moved by the London riots in 2011, Deptford based Bernadette Russell took it upon herself to spend every day in 2012 undertaking at least ...

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Variation on a Theme – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Michael Oakley Reviewer: Ian Foster It is Variation on a Theme that a young Shelagh Delaney saw and was inspired to write her iconoclastic A Taste of Honey, playing her own part in shaking up a British theatre scene that had Terence Rattigan as a fusty figurehead and while her play went on to become a ...

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Bedroom Farce – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Bedroom Farce was originally produced in Scarborough in 1975 and was followed by a famous National Theatre production, directed by Peter Hall. In the programme notes, Ayckbourn recalls how some people were unimpressed by this “commercial candy floss” being presented at such an eminent institution. However, the play has outlived such ...

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Blackbird – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Richard Baron Writer: David Harrower Reviewer: Amy Taylor The abusive sexual relationship between a pre-teen girl and a middle aged man is the subject of Firebrand’s revival of David Harrower’s award-winning 2005 drama, Blackbird. Directed by Richard Baron, this production begins as an unresolved dialogue between the abused and the abuser, but blurs the lines between truth, lies and ...

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CD REVIEW: David Serero – The Broadway Baritone

Reviewer: Ray Taylor David Serero is a French baritone, actor, writer and producer who is quickly gaining an international reputation for his style and singing voice. At only 32 years old he has already performed more than 600 concerts and performances throughout the world which have been broadcast to an audience of over 30 million worldwide. David headlined a sold-out ...

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Blue Remembered Hills – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: Dennis Potter Director: Graham Hubbard Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills, originally written for the BBC’s Play for Today series and screened in 1979, focuses its gaze on the lives of seven children playing in the Forest of Dean during the Second World War. At just one hour and 15 minutes long, the play hones in on ...

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Brigadoon – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner Director: Laura Jordan Reed Musical Director: Peter Robinson
 Reviewer: Edie Ranvier In a gust from the past, the Southern Light Opera Company and their director Laura Jordan Reed bring Brigadoon to Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre. First staged in 1947, a few decades before the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Claude-Michel Schönberg revolutionised musical ...

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The One – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Vicky Jones Director: Steve Marmion Reviewer: Stephen Bates Resembling a boxing ring without ropes, the set for this biting, one-act adult comedy is a perfect square platform with refreshments (alcoholic) in opposite corners. Vicky Jones’ debut play amounts to a gladiatorial contest between a man an a woman bound together in a long-term relationship, both using all means at ...

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