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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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The Grapes of Wrath – Nottingham Playhouse

Molly Logan (Rose)

Writer: Frank Galati adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer:  Claire Going John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel is widely acknowledged as an epic tale of struggle and unity, and Frank Galati’s stage adaptation has been lauded, winning a Tony Award back in 1990.  What a shame, then, that Abbey Wright’s new production of The Grapes of Wrath never quite ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer:  Scott Matthewman Based on the 1967 movie devised as a Julie Andrews vehicle, the 2002 Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, which is revived here, expands upon the original film’s appropriation of 1920s music by grabbing and adapting songs and styles from ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Glen Joseph as buddy holly

Book: Alan Janes Music and Lyrics: Buddy Holly and others Director: Adrian Rees Reviewer:  John Kennedy This Buddy Holly Story - a love letter to the more innocent times of Kodachrome snaps, Bobby-sox, pig-tails and ridiculous finned automobiles (being white helped enormously) rarely fails to engage its audience. A Lubbock, Texas, born son of the latter Depression years, Holly’s torch burned ...

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Sister Act – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri & Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty The plot of Sister Act: The Musical, is well known to those who have seen the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Club singer, Deloris van Cartier, witnesses a murder committed by her mobster boyfriend and is given witness protection ...

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