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Inside COMPANY – Tech Week

Writing an exclusive blog for The Reviews Hub, actor Arun Blair-Mangat will take us over the next few weeks behind the scenes at the brand new production of Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY which is currently running at Aberdeen Arts Centre until 10th February. Tech week is upon us. We’ve all arrived up in Aberdeen and we’re at the theatre. This is the moment ...

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CD REVIEW: Hamlisch Uncovered

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Marvin Hamlisch: composer, conductor and the only person other than Richard Rogers to win a Pulitzer Prize as well the full EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony). Most of his body of work was made up film scores as well as being a prolific conductor, but he will probably be best remembered for composing the score for ...

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CD REVIEW: The Band’s Visit – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek Reviewer: Mark Clegg Admittedly the subject matter of this new musical isn’t exactly enticing. Based on the award-winning 2007 Israeli film of the same name, The Alexandia Ceremonial Police Orchestra is booked to travel from Egypt to Israel to perform at an Arab cultural centre. However, due to a mix-up, they find themselves arriving ...

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CD REVIEW: Seth MacFarlane: In Full Swing

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Seth MacFarlane is an animator/voice actor/writer/comedian/director/actor/producer. Anyone familiar with his animated TV show Family Guy will probably also know that he is a singer. Family Guy’s regular Road to… episodes (themselves an homage to the Crosby/Hope movies) often feature Brian the dog and Stewie the baby (both voiced by MacFarlane) singing. In fact, a large proportion of ...

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INTERVIEW: Kneehigh’s Patryja Kujawska

Kneehigh Theatre’s lastet production The Tin Drum recently opened at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre before embarking on a UK Tour, Lisa Worth caught up with actress Patryja Kujawska to find out more about her past and working with the company. Formed in 1980 by Mike Shepherd, who left the London acting scene to teach in his native Cornwall, Kneehigh began life as ...

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PREVIEW: Manc Mini – Ballot Box

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This month The Greater Manchester Fringe returns with a month long packed programme of events to tantalise and excite. To help you decide what to see, we’re running our Manc Mini Previews, asking performers to tell us about their productions. Here Emily Parker-Barratt from Tea and Tonic Productions talks to us about Ballot Box How would you describe your show ...

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The Father – Oldham Coliseum

Writers:  Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Richard Hall The Coliseum’s final in-house production of the spring/summer 2017 season is a bold and innovative choice for this venue. The Father, by French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller, is a powerful, dark, tragic comedy about the harrowing and devastating impact of dementia on one man and his family. ...

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