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Clamber Up The Crucifix – Upstairs At The Western, Leicester

Writer: John Kitchen Director: Gary Phillpott Reviewer: Rebecca Taylor A captivating play from start to finish, this will have you drawn in from the dramatic first scene. The premiere of this performance was a fascinating and enjoyable watch, keeping the audience in silence for the duration. This one man, one act play gives an honest account of life in the ...

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The Body of an American – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Dan O’Brien Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Maggie Constable At the Royal and Derngate’s wonderfully intimate underground studio we are treated this week to poet and writer Dan O’Brien’s The Body of An American, a play based on the experiences of war photographer Paul Watson, in particular his disturbing photo of the body of US soldier William Cleveland as it ...

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Jeffrey Lane Music &Lyrics: David Yazbek Director &Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Mary Tapper Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has visited Manchester for a week and is making a flying stop at Aylesbury before it heads for a substantial run at the Savoy Theatre, so is it looking in good shape, or is it still in need of improvement before it hits ...

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Finding Joy – mac, Birmingham

Writer and Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards Vamos Theatre, a company that tours full mask devised pieces, have created a charming, sweet and gently funny story about family with Finding Joy. Joy, on her 83rd birthday, suffers a fall and finds herself in hospital where, although not made explicit (being a mime, nothing is made explicit) it is ...

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Ghost the Musical – New Theatre, Oxford

Book: Bruce Joel Rubin Music: Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard Lyrics: Bruce Joel Rubin, Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Mary Tapper If you are going to take an iconic film from the 90s, starring such huge names as Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg, and rework it for the stage, then you had better do it ...

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The Husbands – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Sharmila Chauhan Director: Janet Steel Reviewer: Karen McCandless A woman with two – soon to be three – husbands. That is the subject of Sharmilla Chauhan’s new play, The Husbands. It is Aya’s (Syreeta Kumar) wedding day. Her two husbands Omar (Mark Theodore) and Sem (Rhik Samadder) are busy preparing the food for the ceremony before slaughtering a lamb ...

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The Perfect Murder – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Shaun McKenna, adapted from the novella by Peter James Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Selwyn Knight So how do you go about committing the perfect murder? Do you try to carefully plan it, bit by bit by bit? Or do you have an outline plan but improvise as necessary? Apparently the answer is neither of these approaches: the perfect murder, ...

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