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A Passion for Birmingham – Old Joint Stock, Birmimgham

Writers: Tim Jefferies, Tracey Street and the cast Director: Tracey Street Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Birmingham is under the autocratic rule of The Authority, as personified by Governor Pilate. Following civil unrest and riots, curfews are in place and assemblies in the city are banned. But The Authority, mindful that elections are shortly due, has come to an agreement with the ...

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Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly at Odds With The Universe – mac, Birmingham

Performer: Tom Wrigglesworth Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Tom Wrigglesworth adds a touch of theatricality and poetry to his comedy show Utterly at Odds with the Universe presenting an unusual, funny and at times touching routine full of likeability and, in this performance, on the spot improvisation. Tonight marked the end of his three-month tour around the UK, and with an attentive ...

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Boxe, Boxe – Curve, Leicester

Director and choreographer: Mourad Merzouki Reviewer: Karen McCandless Don’t you love it when you see one of those shows that makes you want to go home and watch clips on YouTube and scour the net for the company’s next performance? Or go in to work the next day and tell everyone about the amazing performance you saw the night before. ...

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Dial M for Murder, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Pete Benson Dial M for Murder is a murder mystery play written by Frederick Knott which was then thrust onto the international stage by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly in the lead rôles. Even though the play is now over sixty years old, the director Lucy Bailey does ...

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Refugee Boy – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: Benjamin Zephaniah, adapted by Lemin Sissay Director: Gail McIntye Reviewer: Jennie Philpot Refugee Boy is a moving one act play that expertly shows the hardships of leaving one’s family, one’s homeland, and being sent to a strange country. A country that you know, or at least think, is safe. England: “where the stars have to sleep. They take in ...

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Robin Cousin’s Ice – Milton Keynes Theatre

Creator &Choreographer: Robin Cousins Reviewer: Maggie Constable Three decades on from his Electric Ice, Olympic skating champion and chief judge on the much-loved show, Dancing on Ice, Robin Cousins, has personally selected 14 world-class ice skaters from all compass points for his amazing new show Ice at Milton Keynes this week. This is no typical ice show but it is, ...

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Brassed Off – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Paul Allen, based on the screenplay by Mark Herman Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s 1996 – twelve years since the miners’ strike of 1984 – and Grimley Colliery is again under threat. Despite the pit being demonstrably profitable and viable, the miners have been made, on the face of it, a very generous offer if they accept ...

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Jane Eyre – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Writer: Bryony J. Thompson, from the book by Charlotte Bronte Director: Bryony J. Thompson Reviewer: Rosella Barnes We’ve all had it. That debate about seeing an adaptation of one of your favourite novels in the form of cinema or theatre. The prospect that the narrative may be butchered into something ugly and not as you imagined. But when it’s done ...

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