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5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writers: Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood Director: Karl Steele Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ginny has moved to mid-1950s America from England and feels herself strangely drawn to The Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein, a society for women that proudly claims that arm in arm they are the equal of any man. Every year the society holds a quiche ...

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Things I Know To Be True – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Andrew Bovell Directors: Geordie Brookman and Scott Graham Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Having grown into one of the UK’s most prolific theatre-makers, with shows such as the stunning Love Song and the tough Beautiful Burnout, Frantic Assembly is back with its newest production. Things I Know to be True is a collaboration with the State Theatre Company of South Australia, ...

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All or Nothing: The MOD Musical – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Carol Harrison Music and Lyrics: The Small Faces Director: Carol Harrison Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Another month, another tour of a jukebox musical that explores the back catalogue of a famous artist or band. In the case of All or Nothing, it is the turn of the Small Faces, following in the footsteps of the Kinks (Sunday Afternoon), the Four Seasons ...

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Godiva Rocks – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Pollock Director: Hamish Glen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Coventry has a rich pop heritage and Godiva Rocks seeks to mine that looking at two periods in particular – the mid 1960s and early 1980s when Coventry-based performers like Vince Hill, Frank Ifield, Beverley Jones in the 1960s and, later, the whole 2 Tone phenomenon of the 1980s as well ...

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Education, Education, Education – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: The Wardrobe Ensemble Directors: Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton Reviewer: Maggie Constable After its premiere this August at the Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe, Education, Education, Education, winner of ‘Fringe First Award’ and successful crowd-pleaser, is being performed this week by The Wardrobe Ensemble at the Royal and Derngate, the theatre having been co-producer in the show. This is part of ...

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The Bastard King – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writers: Ralph Jones and Vyvyan Almond Reviewer:  James Garrington Imagine Game of Thrones mixed with a few of Shakespeare’s history plays and touches of Lord of the Rings, but with lots of laughs, and you have something close to The Bastard King. The one-act play is something like an extended comedy sketch, conceived, written and performed by The Awkard Silence, comedy ...

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Entertaining Mr Sloane – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

An older and a younger man

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Ian Craddock Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Joe Orton’s black comedy, Entertaining Mr Sloane, premiered in London in 1964 and has had several revivals since. It tells a story of sexual manipulation, though who is being manipulated and by whom becomes less clear as the play progresses. Kath (Elaine Ward) is a middle-aged lady living with her father, ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Choreographer: Richard Alston Reviewer:  Maggie Constable At the Derngate this week, Richard Alston Dance Company (RADC) stages yet another set of wonderfully exotic dances, in the form of Carnaval, Chacony and Gypsy Mixture, which have rightly received much praise from critics and public alike. The company is renowned for its dynamic choreography and its highly-skilled and athletic dancers. A bonus this ...

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