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Black Men Walking – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Testament Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: James Garrington “We walked England before the English.” Trevor, Matthew and Richard like walking in the Peak District. Every month they meet and walk and talk. This time, although the forecast indicated that they should cancel, they press on in an attempt to fight their individual demons - until a blizzard brings them face to ...

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Godiva Rocks – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Pollock Director: Hamish Glen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Coventry has a rich pop heritage and Godiva Rocks seeks to mine that looking at two periods in particular – the mid 1960s and early 1980s when Coventry-based performers like Vince Hill, Frank Ifield, Beverley Jones in the 1960s and, later, the whole 2 Tone phenomenon of the 1980s as well ...

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Shirley Valentine – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer:  Daljinder Johal How many of us are truly living? This is the principal question of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine. The play opens in a warm and bright kitchen with Shirley, a middle-aged Liverpool housewife whose stagnant life in a loveless marriage is disrupted by her best friend’s offer of a trip-for-two to Greece. ...

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Rent – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: James Garrington Since it first saw the light of day in 1996, Rent has become something of a cult show. It was inspired by Puccini’s La Boheme and is set in and around the bohemian East Village in New York where an assorted group of people is struggling to get on with ...

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The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book, Music and Lyrics: Kirsten Childs Director: Josette Bushell-Mingo Reviewer: Selwyn Knight America in the 1960s isn’t a good time to be growing up if, like Viveca, you are young and black. When in 1963 she rebuffs her friend Gregory leading him to make an ill-judged comment about Viveca and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in which the church was ...

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Ulla’s Odyssey – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Edward Hughes, Flora McIntosh, Sarah Minns & Pamela Hay in Ulla's Odyssey

Composer: Anthony Young Libretto: Leanna Brodie Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Selwyn Knight OperaUpClose was founded in 2009 with the stated aim of making intimate and innovative opera. They have expanded to include an education and participation programme, of which Ulla’s Odyssey, aiming to introduce children as young as seven to opera, is a part. Loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey, Ulla’s Odyssey follows 14-year-old ...

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La Strada – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Bart Soroczynski as Il Matto (The Fool) and ensemble

Music: Benji Bower Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight La Strada is a beautiful, mesmerising, poetic piece of theatre. Based on the Oscar-winning 1954 film of the same name by Federico Fellini, it tells the story of the naïve and credulous Gelsomina, whose mother is so poor she accepts cash for her daughter from the travelling strongman Zampanò. Gelsomina accompanies ...

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Made in India – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

  Writer: Satinder Chohan Director: Katie Posner Reviewer: Rachel Watson The Tron Theatre is such a unique place to watch a play, with three small performance spaces, each production is so personal you truly feel part of the show, Made in India is no different. This fantastic play follows three very different women who are brought together through the business of ...

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