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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Form  – The Warren

Reviewer: Simon Topping A collection of large boxes sit on stage accompanied by a lone desk with a scattering of office supplies and poised performers.  As the music thumps out a beat the movement commences.  The troupe, Jordan Choi with brothers Alex and Tom Manghan proceed together, intertwining as one, to start the piece. It is a funny beginning which ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: My Feminist Boner – Marlborough Theatre

Reviewer: Simon Topping The show opens with us all in support therapy.  Sarah is trying to cut down on her beauty therapies, she's only watched three hours of fashion vlogs this week.  It's a marked improvement the audience are encouraged to applaud. Welcome to the world of Sarah Blanc. Surrounded by a bombardment of mixed messages on how to look ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Gun – The Warren

Creator: Phil Croft Reviewer: Simon Topping Hope Springs is laid out before us; a cactus, some tiny saloon doors and a wide painted American vista, fabulously created by Phil Croft, tell the audience we are in the wild west now, cowboy country. As the lights go up on stage Rosco "Black Jack" Porter, a washed up, rough and tumble outlaw ...

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Our Blue Heaven – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer/Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Molly Richardson  Our Blue Heaven is a new musical written and directed by Peter Rowe focusing on Ipswich Town Football Clubs historic FA Cup victory on 6 May 1978.  At first glance, the world of theatre and sport colliding may sound a bizarre and niche match, but in fact you’ll find it’s rather brilliant. The story focuses on ...

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Present Laughter- Chichester Festival Theatre.

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Bill Avenell What an appropriate choice to open this year’s Chichester Festival programme. A seemingly light concoction but one which beneath the surface is packed full of all the ‘stuff’ of theatre from the pressures of performance, the problems of admirers, the issues of backing and management to the complicated relationships that grow ...

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A Streetcar Named Desire – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Chelsea Walker Reviewer: Molly Richardson This bold revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire is full of fire. One summer, the anxious boozer, yet fiercely clever seductress and glamour-queen, Blanche DuBois turns up unexpectedly at her sister Stella’s two-roomed house in a state of desperation as she tries to hold her life together. This gives ...

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Monty Python’s Spamalot – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book/Lyrics/Music: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Dan English Cans of Spam at the ready as the hapless King Arthur and his clan of Knights hilariously hunt for the Holy Grail in this excellent touring production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Touted as the ‘lovingly’ put together musical that rips off Monty Python and the Holy Grail, ...

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The Winslow Boy – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Simon Topping A sumptuous Edwardian living room decked out with rich blue walls and plush contrasting furniture, beautifully designed by Michael Taylor, draws the Brighton audience into the theatre. The lights go down and a boy in naval uniform takes the spotlight.  This is the start of Birmingham repertory theatre’s excellent adaption of Terence ...

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