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Out Of Order – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer: Ray Cooney Director: Ray Cooney Reviewer: Dan English Ray Cooney’s revival of his 1990 farce, Out Of Order,  strikes a particular political chord just days before the General Election as it reaches Dartford as part of its UK Tour. Together in affection, divided by political loyalty, Richard (Jeffrey Harmer) and Jane’s (Susie Amy) liaison comes to a sudden halt when ...

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Out of Order – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer & Director: Ray Cooney OBE Reviewer: Harriet Brace “Do you think I could go out and come back in again?” The immortal tagline of any bad day is instantly relatable, echoes with resigned frustration – and perfectly sums up Ray Cooney’s theatrical farce Out of Order. The award-winning dramedy follows the misfortunes of junior minister Richard Willey, whose roguish ...

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Out of Order – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer & Director: Ray Cooney Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ray Cooney is, surely, the master of British farce, writing many for the West End. And all are very British in nature, poking fun at our betters as they get into, and try to extricate themselves from, sticky situations. We can feel superior to the characters, some of whom are the authors of ...

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Birdsong – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff from the book by Sebastian Faulks Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer:MaggieConstable [rating:3.5] Following 2010’s West End hit, Rachel Wagstaff’s re-adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s Birdsong (ranked 13th in the 2003 BBC survey The Big Read) marks the very first touring production of the play to over 22 venues across the UK. So here it is at Milton Keynes this ...

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Birdsong – Ipswich, New Wolsey Theatre

Book by: Sebastian Faulks Adapted by: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Music: Tim van Eyken Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4.5] Sebastian Faulks' classic novel, with its psychological insights and its graphic descriptions of trench and tunnel, was never going to be easy to adapt. Perhaps that's why this first ever touring production is Rachel Wagstaffe's second attempt; she's abandoned the time ...

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Birdsong – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: Sebastian Faulks Adapter: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:5]   The horror and futility of the 1st WW is a harrowing subject of course, so this is not a production for the faint hearted because it does succeed in portraying that horror and futility through its story of a young army officer battling his way through ...

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Onions Cry Too – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Jayne Marshall Director: Sue McGeorge Reviewer: Cathy Crabb [Rating: 3] Bertie (David Milne) and Alfred (Eryl Lloyd Parry ) are stuck in a ‘care’ home and stuck in their past. Donald (Bob Young) and Charles (Arthur Bostrom) make it their business to interfere with the psyche of the other two and engage them in inadequate brews and devastating board ...

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