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The Johnny Cash Roadshow – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Reviewer: Pete Benson The great Johnny Cash’s career spanned nearly half a century until his death in 2003. Commonly he was associated with the country music scene but he had much success in other genres. Known as The Man in Black because of his on stage attire his path traversed stardom, serious drug dependence, brushes with the law and eventually ...

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Anthropoetry – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Reviewed by Karen McCandless Joking around with your audience before the start of your show is a risky decision (what if they think you seem really awful and decide not to like your show based on this interaction?) But that is how Ben Mellor (Dr Ben in his white coat and stethoscope) greeted the audience at the start of his ...

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Zeppelin Dreams – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer and Director: Tim Yealland Music: Rachel Leach Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Almost exactly a hundred years ago, on 31st January, 1916 to be exact, an ordinary Monday dawned. A thick fog had descended over much of Britain including Wolverhampton and the Black Country In Germany, nine airships set off to fly over the north sea to cross the entire width ...

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Egusi Soup – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Janice Okoh Director: Paul Bourne Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Egusi Soup is a thick, rich, spicy and nourishing soup from western Africa, especially popular in Nigeria. Its preparation is an important skill and passed down within the family. And it is a well-chosen metaphor for the situation that the Anyia family find themselves in. It is a year since the ...

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The Believers – The Curve, Leicester

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: James Garrington Just imagine that something life-changing has happened but you’re not sure how. Imagine that the only thing you’re really sure of is that you’re no longer sure about anything. This is the premise of The Believers. When Marianne (Eileen Walsh) and Joff (Christopher Colquhoun) find that their home is flooded, they ...

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Let it Be – The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Director and Musical Supervisor: John Maher Reviewer: James Garrington Following a successful run in the West End, Let It Be is currently part way through a national tour. The show essentially follows the career of The Beatles from the early days in the Cavern Club to their break-up in 1970. The Beatles were together for only a few years, yet ...

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The Mother – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Mother continues Birmingham REP’s festival, Epic Encounters, that celebrates the work of German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht and is curated by Mark Ravenhill. The Mother is based on Maxim Gorky’s 1906 novel of the same name. Written in 1930/1, the play contained ten songs, later expanded to 13. In ...

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The Two Worlds of Charlie F – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Owen Sheers Director: Stephen Rayne Reviewer: Pete Benson The dimly lit set is sparse, a simple screen. The sound of a helicopter roars above our heads. Then all hell is let loose, loud explosions and a blinding flash and on the screen is projected the shadow of an injured soldier in a hospital bed. He is violent, paranoid and ...

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