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Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Reviewer: Andrew White It’s hard to imagine Mark Thomas ever stopping being frustrated, angry and defiant about big corporations, injustices in the world and Government hypocrisy. This is something deep in his soul, and as he points out, he’s now aged 51 and doesn’t give a monkeys. But he did have to take a break from activism and the comedy ...

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The Threepenny Opera – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Jeremy Sams Directors: Peter Rowe, Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katie Lee 'If the misery is genuine, no one will believe it.' This contemporary adaptation of Brecht's Threepenny Opera by Graeae Theatre Company explores poverty, disability and common reaction to it, updating the text for our present era of government cuts. Here, the beggars are ...

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Miss Nightingale – City Varieties, Leeds

Writer, Music &Lyrics: Matthew Bugg Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Holly Spanner   Miss Nightingale originally premiered at the Lowry Studio, Salford and the King’s Head Islington in 2011, and has since undergone a significant re-write to the book, music and lyrics; all by composer Matthew Bugg, who is also responsible for the music behind the West End productions of Volcano, ...

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Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play – Cast, Doncaster

Adapted by Jonathan Lloyd Director: Roman Stefanski Reviewer: Andrew White If you’ve got children under the age of around 10, you’ll be more than familiar with Charlie and his little sister Lola - who is small and very funny. Created by writer and illustrator Lauren Child in 2000, they first starred in a series of picture books before hitting the ...

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See How They Run – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Philip King Director: Eric Potts Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes See How They Run is a glorious farce presented by Warwick Davis and the members of the Reduced Height Theatre Company. Written in 1945, it is a hilarious nonsensethatis quite literally “Hello Vicar, whoops – there go my trousers”. With escaped Germans, Bishops, soldiers, visiting vicars and a village battle-axe, it ...

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Clare Teal – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Musical Director: Grant Windsor Reviewer: Sue Collier Having never heard Clare Teal sing prior to writing this review, one was definitely in a minority among the full house of Harrogate’s Theatre’s eager audience of Teal fans tonight. Teal was accompanied by a fantastic trio of extremely talented musicians, comprising of her musical director Grant Windsor on Piano, Simon Little on ...

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The Accrington Pals – Library Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Peter Whelan Director: Tim Wright Reviewer: Sheila Stratford The Accrington Pals is an ambitious and excellent choice by the Denys Edward Players to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Poignantly, the company’s founding members worked on Wartime Voluntary Entertainment Duties where they performed plays for troops during the Second World War. Peter Whelan's ...

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The Events – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writer: David Greig Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: Anna Ambelez How do communities and individuals heal after traumatic violence? This production deals with that scenario and one individual in particular; a parish priest called Claire (Amanda Drew). While taking the choir in the village hall, an armed young man (Clifford Samuel) enters and fires. He is discriminating towards his victims, which ...

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