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Austen: The Musical – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer/Composer: Rob Winlow Director: Timothy Trimingham Lee Musical Director: Arlene McNaught Reviewer: Ron Simpson Austen – the Musical is an enjoyable, if rather predictable, brief life of Jane Austen, generally close to the mark in biographical facts, refreshingly free of distortion and sensationalism, if with no special insight or originality. It provides a welcome reminder of a much-loved author and ...

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Austen the Musical – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Rob Winlow Director: Timothy Trimingham Lee Reviewer: John Kennedy It is a truth universally acknowledged that many a review of Jane Austen adaptations has the misfortune of being in want of a less contrived introduction. Axiomatic as that may be, tonight’s songs celebrate a singular panache for delivering melodies more memorable for their immediate context and sincerity rather than any lasting recollection. The ...

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South – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Ian Winterton Director: Trevor McFarlane Reviewer: Helen Jones [Rating:2.5] Writer Ian Winterton and Shred Productions have used the real life experiences of Ian's father Martin, who worked on the British Antarctic Survey in the early sixties as the basis of this latest production. Early in 1962 the supply ship arrives at the British base with supplies and two more ...

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Lifelong Yearning – Three Minute Theatre, Manchester

Writer: David Wake Director: Adam Grayson Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:3.5] Nia has the phone numbers of over 300 unsuccessful suitors in her phone. She just wants to meet “Mr. Right” and have the perfect date. Her flatmate, Monica, suggests she takes an evening class in order to seek out a potential husband. With basket weaving completely booked up, she opts ...

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Withnail And I – The Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester

Writer: Bruce Robinson. Adapted by Ian Winterton Director: Trevor MacFarlane Reviewer: Brian Gorman [rating:5]   One of the biggest cult movies around gets an absolutely wonderful stage adaptation in a promenade performance at The Lass O’Gowrie pub. Writer/Director Bruce Robinson’s low budget 1986 film told the tale of two struggling alcohol and drug-fuelled actors who go on holiday ‘by mistake’ ...

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The Right Ballerina – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Billy Cowan Designer: Colin Eccleston Choreography: Julia Griffin Music: Jamie Summers Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [rating:4]   Billy Cowan’s new play explores the tricky subject of whether it is possible to adhere to ethical standards in a society where these are subjective and may be determined by groups other than ourselves. Penny (Helen MacFarlane) has dedicated her life to a ...

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