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The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book, Music and Lyrics: Kirsten Childs Director: Josette Bushell-Mingo Reviewer: Selwyn Knight America in the 1960s isn’t a good time to be growing up if, like Viveca, you are young and black. When in 1963 she rebuffs her friend Gregory leading him to make an ill-judged comment about Viveca and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in which the church was ...

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The Hypocrite – Swan Theatre, Stratford on Avon

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer:  James Garrington One thing you can pretty much guarantee with a Richard Bean script – you won’t be bored. Set at the beginning of the English Civil War, The Hypocrite is based on a true story. Hull has the largest military arsenal outside London – with signs of civil war looming, whoever takes ...

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All Or Nothing – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book and Director: Carol Harrison Music & Lyrics: The Small Faces Originating Director: Tony McHale Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Although only recording and performing for around four years in the 1960s, The Small Faces are credited with having had a disproportionate influence on British pop music then and since, including Led Zeppelin, much of the punk movement and the Britpop phenomenon of ...

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The Machine Stops – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Adam Slynn and Maria Gray in The Machine Stops

Writer: EM Forster Adaptor: Neil Duffield Director: Juliet Foster Reviewer:  Nicole Evans Living in virtual isolation in her hexagonal chamber, deep in a manufactured dystopian retreat far below the, supposedly now inhabitable, earth's surface, Vashti prepares to present her lecture on matters of the world as it was once experienced when humans lived above ground. Connected to her students, and ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

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Writers:  Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Clare White Mischief Theatre Company's The Play That Goes Wrong started life as a one-act play, performed in a tiny room above a pub. Back in 2012, LAMDA graduates Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields worked in Gourmet Burger Kitchen, a call centre and behind a bar during ...

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Wonder Woman: The Naked Truth – Derby Theatre Studio

Devised by The Notnow Collective Director: Hannah Silva Reviewer:  Hannah Powell In a comedic and honest representation of the challenges of motherhood, from public shaming to those moments where you are forced to choose between your child and your career. The Notnow Collective open the audience’s eyes to 21st-century parenthood. all centred around a question: Can we soothe our babies and ...

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Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali – Birmingham Town Hall

Reviewer:  Dave Smith Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional singing (Sufism itself represents mysticism within Islam) popular in parts of Northern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that was mainly popularised among Western audiences by the great Nusret Fateh Ali Khan, who, as well as performing at Womad, also recorded for Peter Gabriel's Real World record label. Qawwali singing is generally ...

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Ulla’s Odyssey – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Edward Hughes, Flora McIntosh, Sarah Minns & Pamela Hay in Ulla's Odyssey

Composer: Anthony Young Libretto: Leanna Brodie Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Selwyn Knight OperaUpClose was founded in 2009 with the stated aim of making intimate and innovative opera. They have expanded to include an education and participation programme, of which Ulla’s Odyssey, aiming to introduce children as young as seven to opera, is a part. Loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey, Ulla’s Odyssey follows 14-year-old ...

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