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The Commitments – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

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Book: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Matt Forrest 1987 saw the release of Roddy Doyle’s first novel The Commitments as a group of young working class Dubliners attempt to make it to ‘the big time’ by forming a band and trying to break away from the shackles of a Dublin in the midst of social and economic decline. ...

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The Commitments – The Grand, Leeds

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Writer: Roddy Doyle Music Arranger: Alan Williams Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Choreographer: Ann Yee Reviewer: Sue Collier It is often tempting to compare the outcome of a stage show to a book or film of the same story. It would be somewhat unwise to try to compare this musical stage show to the well received 1991 film The Commitments, in ...

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A Damsel in Distress – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Authors: P.G. Wodehouse and Ian Hay Writers: Jeremy Sams and Robert Hudson Music and Lyrics: George and Ira Gershwin Director/Choreographer: Rob Ashford Reviewer: Bill Avenell The word verve springs to mind to encapsulate this new stage musical based on P.G.Wodehouse’s novel. It is a really lively evening’s entertainment which combines a top drawer cast showing off Chichester’s technical facility, the ...

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The Commitments – Palace Theatre, London

Writer: Roddy Doyle Director: Jamie Lloyd Reviewer: Andy Moseley [Rating:3] Trying to make a play out of a book that has already been an iconic film is a tricky thing. You have to decide whether you want it to be a stage version of the movie, a stage version of the book, or a stand-alone product, independent of its source ...

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The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Vicky Featherstone Reviewer: David Ralf [rating: 2] "Are you sick yet? Are you disgusted yet? Are you sick and disgusted yet?" This dialogue, delivered by members of the company through the final scene of the first half of Dennis Kelly's 'dark morality tale' are a little microcosm of the play. The lines are repetitive (and are ...

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