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Tom’s Midnight Garden – Darlington Civic Theatre, Darlington

Adapted for the stage by David Wood Book: Phillipa Pearce Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Mark Clegg Anyone who was lucky enough to see Birmingham Stage Company’s production of James and the Giant Peach last year will know to expect theatrical magic from this, their adaptation of another classic of children’s literature. Originally published in 1958, Phillipa Pearce’s story sees young ...

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Circus of Horrors: London After Midnight – Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Director: Dr. Haze Reviewer: Holly Spanner Circus of Horrors are celebrating 18th bloody years of Shock ‘n’ Roll, after having recently made their way through to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent. In these 18 years, they have gained somewhat of a cult following with audience members arriving in capes, stockings and top hats. Featuring a variety of circus acts ...

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Sing Something Simple – Cast, Doncaster

Writer &Director: Vanessa Brooks Digital Projection Design: Mic Pool Reviewer: Andrew White It’s always positive to have a feel-good factor after watching a piece of theatre: and that’s certainly in abundance after coming out of Sing Something Simple. Spencer Parkin cannot sing. This is a bit of a problem. His mum belts out 80’s power ballads as part of a ...

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Brassed Off – The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Paul Allen, adapted from the screenplay by Mark Herman Musical Director: Nicholas Eastwood Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Sue Collier Walking into the beautiful Alhambra Theatre in Bradford, the foyer was filled with the floating glory of live brass band music, resulting in audience members looking happy and relaxed. Feet were tapping and there was clear anticipation of a splendid ...

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How To Occupy An Oil Rig – Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Writer: Daniel Bye with Kathryn Beaumont and Jack Bennett Music: Jamie Fletcher Director: Dick Bonham and Sarah Pushon Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Imagine if the Tweenies, Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men or any other children’s TV show turned into a piece of political performance and it was to be played live at Northern Stage, then How To Occupy an ...

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51 Shades of Maggie, Rotherham Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Writer: Leesa Harker Director: Martin Lynch Reviewer: Andrew White The back story behind 51 Shades of Maggie is more interesting than the story presented on stage. The writer, Leesa Harker, wrote around 500 words of her send-up of the 50 Shades of Grey novels in a post on Facebook – only to find her friends commenting and sharing the page. ...

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