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Mark Thomas: Showtime From The Frontline – The Lowry, Salfor

Director:  Joe Douglas Reviewer: Paul Maguire There is much comedy and drama that comes out of adversity, and there can’t be many more wretched conditions in which to produce a stand up comedy show than a refugee camp in the West Bank. Mark Thomas, the veteran political comedian, activist and journalist brings to The Lowry his production, Showtime From the ...

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Up ‘n’ Under – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: John Godber Director: Jeni Draper Reviewer: James Garrington John Godber wrote Up ‘N’ Under as an attempt to recreate the famous Rocky movies, set in Yorkshire and with a backdrop of Rugby League in place of boxing. It’s a classic underdog story. The Wheatsheaf Arms seven-a-side team is a bit of a joke – they don’t have seven players, ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Everyone has seen bad amateur drama – doors that don’t open, guns that don’t fire, dead people that sneeze. Everyone has suppressed a snigger while watching these shows, normally because a friend or family member is in the cast and they don’t want to laugh out loud and ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Director: Joe Douglas Writer: Mark Thomas Reviewer: Matt Forrest Mark Thomas has been performing stand-up comedy for 33 years. His shows have seldom deviated from a format whereby Thomas will take a story and recount it with him playing all the various characters - from activist to authority figure, freedom-fighter to slimy arms-dealer, Thomas would play them all. However, for ...

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The Cherry Orchard – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Anton Chekhov Designer: Tom Piper Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Julia Beasley What do you do when you’re broke? This is the question facing Luba, whose family estate (with its vast cherry orchard) is deep in debt and about to be auctioned off to a developer. Unfortunately for the cherry orchard, Luba is a member of the liberal elite fallen ...

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Bingo! – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

three women and a table

Writers: Anita Vettesse and Johnny McKnight Director: Jemima Levick Composer: Alan Penman Reviewer: S.E. Webster Pens at the ready! Eyes down! It’s fun, entertaining and contains only minor bloodshed. Not your average night at the theatre – much better in fact! A new collaboration between Stella Quines Theatre Company and Grid Iron, Bingo! focuses on the trials and tribulations of ...

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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – Richmond Theatre

Writer/Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Alex Ramon While not quite boasting the reputation of Fawlty Towers, Dad's Army or Steptoe and Son, Raymond Allen's Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em nonetheless remains among the most enduringly popular of '70s sitcoms, its combination of sharp writing and slapstick proving pretty timeless in its appeal. The travails of its disaster-prone, proud but oddly innocent protagonist Frank Spencer, whom ...

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Quartet – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Growing older is compulsory – or at least, better than the alternative, most would agree. What Writer, Ronald Harwood, seems to be suggesting is that what matters isn’t the physical fact of ageing, but how we cope mentally with the changes it inevitably brings. He tells his story through the eyes ...

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