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The Who’s Tommy – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:  John Kennedy Described as the Rock Musical reborn for a new generation there may well be a smattering of the My Generation here tonight who heard it first time round. The essential summertime news circulating in 1969 was that The Who were ...

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La Strada – The HOUSE,Birmingham REP

Music: Benji Bower Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: John Kennedy It’s sixty-three years on from La Strada’s original cinematic release, Fellini’s Oscar-winning saccharine neo-realism road trip saga of poverty, abandonment and innocence betrayed. For auteurs, let alone dedicated fans, this stage adaptation might suggest risqué impertinence. Together with composer, Benji Bower’s live music arrangements of Nino Rota’s original songs and score, there’s a ...

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To Sir, With Love – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Philip Morris as Ricky Braithwaite with the Young REP ensemble in To Sir With Love

Writer: E. R. Braithwaite Adaptor: Ayub Khan-Din Co-Directors: Gwenda Hughes and Tom Saunders Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ricardo Braithwaite is a man who makes those around him better people. After leaving the RAF as a bona fide, Spitfire-flying war hero, the colour of his skin slams doors in his face when he tries to get a job as an engineer and ...

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Pink Mist – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

cast pink mist traverse theatre

Writer: Owen Sheers Directors: John Retallack and George Mann Reviewer:  John Kennedy Euphemisms used in modern warfare remain morally, not least mortally, ambiguous. ‘Friendly fire/collateral damage/blue on blue’ all deflect the realities of how both soldiers and civilians become explainable tactical and strategic statistics. In platform Gaming, ‘Pink Mist’ describes the score-count rewarding impact and exit of a high-velocity bullet ...

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One Love: The Bob Marley Musical – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Mitchell Brunings (Bob Marley) in One Love - The Bob Marley Musical

Music and Lyrics: Bob Marley Book and Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah Reviewer:  James Garrington There’s something hugely addictive about Bob Marley’s music, and there’s plenty of it to listen to at the REP with this show running. The title says it all – One Love: The Bob Marley Musical. This is the story of a part of the singer’s life, from his start ...

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Amédée – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Josie Lawrence and Trevor Fox in Amédée

Writer: Eugène Ionescu, adapted by Sean Foley Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Amédée has hit writers' block. For 15 years, he has been working on his play and has now written almost three lines of the opening scene despite being effortlessly eloquent in his dealings with Madeleine, his wife. As he agonises over it, Madeleine does all the chores ...

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Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Stories to Tell In The Middle Of The Night

Writer: Francesca Millican-Slater Reviewer:  John Kennedy Having garnered Edinburgh Fringe rave reviews, spook-central for getting gripped in the crypt, Millican-Slater’s self-penned observations of the banal to the bizarre, the mundane to the macabre, ensure that things are certain going to go strangely bump tonight. A debut Rep production supported by The Barry Jackson Trust, tonight’s elegiac lyrical love letter to ...

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What’s In A Name – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Jamie Glover as Peter, Sarah Hadland as Elizabeth, Raymond Coulthard as Carl in Whats in a Name

Writer: Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière Adaptor and Director: Jeremy Sams Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight What’s In A Name? has it all: belly laughs, moments of great poignancy, characters one can really identify with. All the elements – razor-sharp wit in the writing of Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière, an adaptation from the original French by director ...

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