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Austerity & Me – The Ovalhouse, London

Director: Mahri Reilly. Reviewer: Hannah Powell. Austerity: difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public expenditure. An incredibly relevant topic that deserves a platform more so now exactly one year on to the date from Grenfell and in the process of Brexit than ever before. As stated by the company, ‘It’s the big word we’re told so little ...

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DNA – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Tom Saunders Reviewer: John Kennedy A disparate cohort of teenagers participates in a danger-dare game that goes fatally wrong for Adam. The enigmatic Phil contrives a collective alibi that works desperately too well when an innocent man is charged with Adam’s abduction. He is doomed by DNA: complicit 'evidence' one of them inventively plants on his ...

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The Droves – COLAB Factory, London

Director and Writer: Tom Bowtell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott “A world of pure imagination” exists in the basement of a former carpet factory near London Bridge. Gene Wilder may be most associated with this famous phrase but even Willy Wonka would be astounded at the semi-immersive experience created by a group of children from Tower Hamlets over the course of a ...

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Wild Life FM – Unicorn Theatre, London

Devising Writer: Kim Nobel Devising Director: Pol Heyvaert Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Theatre in your adolescent years can be pretty limited and for most it may amount to one English class outing to whichever Shakespeare text you’re studying. While there’s plenty of theatre for adults and increasing amounts aimed specifically at the under 8’s, teenage theatre is considerably harder to find. ...

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West Side Story – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Pollyann Tanner Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Stage Experience at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham is an opportunity for young performers to showcase their talents in a professional setting and this year’s choice of the musical West Side Story, the iconic tale of the trials of youth is both inspirational and memorable.  ...

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Bugsy Malone – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Alan Parker Music and Lyrics: Paul Williams Director: Robert Marsden Reviewer: Hannah Powell Friday 4th August sees one hundred youngsters aged 10-21 enthusiastically take to the stage at Milton Keynes Theatre in their rendition of Bugsy Malone, the American gangster play famously performed entirely by a cast of children. The tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the New York mob scene is ...

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Belshazzar’s Feast – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A Gowned choir in front of a grand organ

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer:  David Robinson The City of Birmingham Choir under the direction of Adrian Lucas joins forces with the dynamic Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra for an evening of robust and admirable English music. The main course after the interval is William Walton’s sublime Belshazzar’s Feast, based on selected biblical texts from the books of Psalms and Daniel. Prior ...

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To Sir, With Love – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Philip Morris as Ricky Braithwaite with the Young REP ensemble in To Sir With Love

Writer: E. R. Braithwaite Adaptor: Ayub Khan-Din Co-Directors: Gwenda Hughes and Tom Saunders Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ricardo Braithwaite is a man who makes those around him better people. After leaving the RAF as a bona fide, Spitfire-flying war hero, the colour of his skin slams doors in his face when he tries to get a job as an engineer and ...

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