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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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Tonight’s the Night – The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book – Ben Elton Music and Lyrics – Rod Stewart Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:2.5] Over-engineered. Ben Elton is known for a number of things in theatre – he worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber on The Beautiful Game and Love Never Dies, and has written a number of plays. There is little doubt, though, that one of ...

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The Husbands – mac, Birmingham

Writer: Sharmila Chauhan Director: Janet Steel Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards The Husbands, a new play by Sharmila Chauhan, has at its core a brilliantly bizarre and interesting premise. Chauhan takes a refreshing risk in creating a whole fictional community for her drama to take place in; but it certainly does pay dividends as what enfolds is uniquely fascinating. The Husbands ...

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Moon on a Rainbow Shawl – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Errol John Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: James Garrington Moon on a Rainbow Shawl was written during the late 1950s, and – although set in the Caribbean – it shares some of its style with the so-called ‘kitchen-sink’ dramas that were being produced by British playwrights at around that time. Despite having a promising pedigree, winning a play competition in ...

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Some Girl I Used to Know – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writers: Terry Ronald and Denise van Outen Director: Michael Howcroft Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Stephanie Canworth has it all. A highly successful designer of luxury lingerie, she stays in plush hotels, her life full of parties and champagne. But does she really have it all? She is being pursued by gossip columnists and the absence of her usually supportive husband at ...

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