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Festive 12/13

35mm: A Musical Exhibition – Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh

Music/Lyrics: Ryan Scott Oliver Based on Photographs by: Matthew Murphy Director: Katie Pesskin [Rating:3] 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, is an interesting concept, taking several of Matthew Murphy’s photographs (which are projected alongside each song), composer Ryan Scott Oliver has created a song cycle based on what he saw, the result is a melting pot of musical styles, which don’t always ...

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Prince Smarming – The Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester

Writer &Director: Andrew McHugh Reviewer: Brian Gorman [Rating:2.5] Billed as ‘a Manchester panto for grown ups’, Andrew McHugh’s ‘Prince Smarming’ aimed as low as a Badger’s backside and succeeded in its clearly limited ambitions. A near capacity crowd were subdued to the point of catatonia during the rather flat first half, which only managed to get out of first gear ...

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CHILD’S EYE VIEW: The Secret Garden – Square Chapel, Halifax

Adaptor: John Dwyer Director: James Beale Musical Director: Katherine Wilde Composer: Roddy B Reviewer: Emily Mallaghan (aged 5) [rating: 4] The Secret Garden is about a girl called Mary who has to go and live with her Uncle in England. At first she hates it and is really spoilt but then she starts to makes friends with a girl, who ...

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Cinderella: The Epstein Theatre – Liverpool

Writer: Barney Lee Director: Lee Kelly Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe [Rating: 3] Liverpool and Merseyside seems a little over subscribed with pantomime this year, and this production of Cinderella is one of three within close range of the city centre alone. This production by LHK Productions is the first Pantomime in the recently reopened Epstein Theatre (formally the Neptune Theatre) and ...

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A Christmas Carol – The Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy

Director: Graham McLaren Writer: Charles Dickens Reviewer: Amy Taylor [rating:5] Following their success with the show in 2011, the National Theatre of Scotland make their mark on the festive season once more with the return of their award-winning adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Directed and adapted by Graham McLaren, this unforgettable, and truly delightful piece fuses puppetry, high-energy, ...

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A Christmas Carol – Middle Temple Hall, London

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor and Lyrics: Ben Horslen and John Risebero Musical Director: Carôle Carpenter Director: Ben Horslen Reviewer: Jenni Rymer [Rating:5] Christmas has most certainly arrived in the form of the Antic Dispositions’ production of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The production is set in the beautiful surroundings of Middle Temple Hall, a venue full of literary history. It ...

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Cinderella – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend On Sea

Writer: Jon Conway Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3] EastEnders’ Alfie Moon may be more used to pubs than palace ballrooms, but Shane Ritchie’s Buttons seems equally at home in either. Ritchie gets an uproarious reaction on his entrance and it’s clear the Southend audiences love the comedian turned soap actor. In fact, such is his popularity that this ...

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Cinderella – Whitley Bay Playhouse

Writer: Paul Ferguson Director: Rob Forknall Reviewer: Anna Ambelez [rating:4] Cinderella, probably the most popular of traditional fairy stories, is this year’s Playhouse pantomime. Embodying the elements of injustice and oppression with triumphant success, it has everything a good fairy story should have; a beautiful girl, handsome Prince, fairy Godmother and evil characters. The kind hearted girl, downtrodden by her ...

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