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Pink Mist – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

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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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Love – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Janet Etuk as Emma in LOVE

Writer and Director: Alexander Zeldin Reviewer:  George Atwell Gerhards Alexander Zeldin’s Love, which pitches its tent in Birmingham after a critically acclaimed short run in London, is about many things. It’s about temporary accommodation and the housing crisis. It’s about adjusting to the small things when you have the roof over your head taken away from you. But most significantly, ...

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The Snowman – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Raymond Briggs Music and Lyrics: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer:  John Kennedy The challenge this annual touring production sets itself is to, yet again, equally capture the enchantment and balletic fluidity of Raymond Briggs' original picture-book love letter/homage to childhood innocence and Christmas folklore. Rest assured that this 2017 version does just that in snow-shoveled heaps of magical ...

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Treasure Island – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Some of the company of Treasure Island

Writer: Bryony Lavery, from the book by Robert Louis Stevenson Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight As Robert Louis Stevenson said of Treasure Island, “it [is] a story for boys … women were excluded”, and its cast of characters certainly bears that out. But history also tells us that 18th-century women did do physical work and were even pirates. It ...

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