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Peter Straker’s Brel – Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh

Writer: Kevin Short Director: Kevin Short Reviewer: Robin Winters [Rating:5] Peter Straker delivers an outstanding performance in this hour long tribute to singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. The show is not merely a celebration of the works of Brel but rather a celebration of Straker’s life-long love affair with the music of the Belgian star. Straker first came to fame as Hud ...

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Biding Time (Remix) – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Ben Harrison Writer: Louise Quinn/Bal Cooke/Ben Harrison/Pippa Bailey Reviewer: Hannah Rowlands [Rating:3.5] Now that music as a product has been made redundant, live performance has reclaimed its rightful place as music’s home. Which makes the concept behind Biding Time (remix) seem necessary; a hybrid between a gig and theatre, devised by a Band called Quinn, fronted by the ridiculously ...

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The Islanders – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

Writer: Amy Mason Music: Eddie Argos Additional Music: Jim Moray Reviewer: Hannah Rowlands [Rating:4.5] If you were a teenager in the nineties, the world of The Islanders will be familiar to you. A time when digital watches were cutting edge, making mixtapes was the meaning of true love and you shopped at second hand shops, not vintage stores. It’s this ...

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Bugle Boy – Darlington Civic Theatre

Writer: Den Stevenson Director: Bruce James Reviewer: Anna Ambelez [Rating:4] Iconic legend, Glen Miller (Michael Storrs), was musician, arranger, composer, band leader and creator of a unique sound. An emotional and inspirational storyline, bugle boy was the pet name his wife, college sweetheart Helen Burger (Yildiz Hussein), gave him and he called her funny face. His wife was the ‘rock’ ...

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Latitude Festival – Henham Park, Southwold

After two years of grey skies and mud, campers arriving to pitch their tents as the gates opened for the eighth edition of the Latitude Festival on Thursday were in for a shock. Instead of the traditional festival mud the problem was getting tent pegs into the baked fields as the sun shone down over Suffolk. The weather obviously attracted ...

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The Book of Musicals – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Director: Richard Haines Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] The Old Joint Stock Musical Theatre Company is resident at this venue in Birmingham. This young amateur group was formed a couple of years ago with the aim of bringing big shows to this intimate venue and has been growing in confidence ever since. Last Christmas, it produced its first full length musical, ...

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Miss Givings – Bierkeller Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Robert Cohen Director: Nicholas Quirke Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:3] A’Nother Productions have set themselves a tall challenge. Miss Givings is a one woman play with songs mostly from 1930’s America. The story, set just outside New York, follows a short period in the life of Anita Boult who is trying to get a break onto the New York music ...

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The Blues Brothers: The Smash Hit – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Dan Aykroyd Director: Brad Henshaw Reviewer: Megan Pearce [Rating:4] If you are a fan of the original film or stage production then The Blues Brothers: The Smash Hit is a must see. Brad Henshaw and Chris Chandler take to the stage as Jake and Elwood at the New Theatre in Cardiff. This version of The Blues Brothers is guaranteed ...

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