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INTERVIEW: Jesse Meadows on The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Education, Education, Education

Education, Education, Education: then, a nineties political mantra, now a nostalgia-fest of nineties music, Tamagotchis, and timely political poignancy in a riotously funny and reflective piece of theatre from, Bristol-based, The Wardrobe Ensemble. Putting politics in the comprehensive, the play is a charming charge through the hopeful optimism of teachers and children alike in the aftermath of Tony Blair’s election, ...

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INTERVIEW: Ruthie Henshall on Chicago, Mama Morton and taking life as it comes

An unquestionable legend in the world of musical theatre, Ruthie Henshall has astounded audiences in London’s West End and on Broadway, served as a judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice and is an Olivier award winner and five-time nominee. Just before she stepped on stage in London’s Phoenix Theatre as Mama Morton in Chicago, she spoke to The Reviews Hub’s Fraser ...

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INTERVIEW: 91-year-old James Hugh Macdonald on his debut play, Happy Warriors.

In the same week that Britain’s two eldest men celebrated their 110th birthdays, James Hugh Macdonald, in comparison a sprightly 91-year-old, saw his debut play, Happy Warriors receive its world premiere at the Gatehouse Theatre in London. Having worked in both journalism and the Diplomatic Service before retirement, Macdonald took almost 10 years to write his first play. Based on ...

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Latitude set for 13th Henham Park takeover

Latitude returns to Henham Park for its 13th edition from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 July 2018 and with the spring weather starting to push through and the bank holiday weekend giving us a small taste of freedom, it’s only natural that thoughts wander to our favourite festival of the year. Although still a good few months away the organisers ...

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urbanJATRA – Dixon Place, New York

Choreographer: Brinda Guha Reviewer: Jamie Rosler The least enjoyable part of being an audience member at Kalamandir Dance Company’s urbanJATRA at Dixon Place is reading the production and company blurbs in the program. An attempt to translate visual and physical art forms into the written word will often fall short, minimizing more than enhancing the spectator’s experience.* The work is ...

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Lancaster’s The Dukes to stage major two-day dementia festival

Lancaster’s The Dukes will stage Creative Adventures in Dementia, a two-day festival celebrating three years of its pioneering work for people with dementia, on 17 and 18 May 2018. Aiming to promote how the arts can improve the lives and mental well-being of people with dementia, Creative Adventures in Dementia will showcase some of the achievements The Dukes already has ...

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: B-SIDE Hip-Hop festival set to take over Birmingham Hippodrome for third year

Birmingham Hippodrome’s free annual Hip-Hop festival, B-SIDE, is to return for its third year from 9-13 May 2018. Taking place around streets in the Southside area of Birmingham and inside the Hippodrome itself, the free festival celebrates all things Hip-Hop with a series of performances, interactive talks, live graffiti art, dance competitions and high-energy workshops. With headline acts already confirmed ...

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Why Festival No.6 should be your Festival No.1

Welsh Festival No.6 is a hidden gem in the Mediterranean style seaside town of Portmeirion, which sits in the scenic mountains and forests of North Wales.  It claims to be the UK’s most unique festival, with a line-up consisting of up and coming and seasoned artists. A beautiful backdrop and an eclectic mix of performers makes this festival an unforgettable ...

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