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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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London, Paris, Roam – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Sarah Tullamore Music & Lyrics: James Burn Reviewer:  James Garrington Sarah Tullamore, she tells us, is “a woman of a certain age”. It’s an age that seems to arrive suddenly, one where you have to sit down to put your tights on. She’s spent 20 years in Paris, and maybe it’s time to move on. For just over an ...

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All Or Nothing – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book and Director: Carol Harrison Music & Lyrics: The Small Faces Originating Director: Tony McHale Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Although only recording and performing for around four years in the 1960s, The Small Faces are credited with having had a disproportionate influence on British pop music then and since, including Led Zeppelin, much of the punk movement and the Britpop phenomenon of ...

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Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali – Birmingham Town Hall

Reviewer:  Dave Smith Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional singing (Sufism itself represents mysticism within Islam) popular in parts of Northern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that was mainly popularised among Western audiences by the great Nusret Fateh Ali Khan, who, as well as performing at Womad, also recorded for Peter Gabriel's Real World record label. Qawwali singing is generally ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Glen Joseph as buddy holly

Book: Alan Janes Music and Lyrics: Buddy Holly and others Director: Adrian Rees Reviewer:  John Kennedy This Buddy Holly Story - a love letter to the more innocent times of Kodachrome snaps, Bobby-sox, pig-tails and ridiculous finned automobiles (being white helped enormously) rarely fails to engage its audience. A Lubbock, Texas, born son of the latter Depression years, Holly’s torch burned ...

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Material Men redux – The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographer, Shobana Jeyasingh, presents MATERIAL MEN, starring bharathanatyam dancer Sooraj Subramaniam and hip-hop dancer, Shailesh Bahoran

Choreographer: Shobana Jeyasingh Composer: Elena Kats-Chernin Reviewer: John Kennedy Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh is feted for her breathtaking, chance-taking originality. Ever looking to the future, she nevertheless remains rooted to her Indian/Sri Lankan artistic antecedents. Exotic, robotic-erotic, evocative and provocative – this is quite an achievement for two men dizzyingly and dazzlingly infused with dervish delights. Virtuoso conjoined spirits intoxicated with a Jinn-soaked ...

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Celebrating Sinatra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Gabriele Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It’s just over 100 years since Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. His career had its ups and downs, taking in periods as a teen idol, film actor and academy award winner and elder statesman of music. Although he never learned to read music, his innate musicality made him the supreme interpreter ...

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Mozart and Salieri – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Composer/Libretto: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Musical Director: Andrew Charity Stage Director: Pamela Schermann Reviewer: John Kennedy Tonight’s performance, another first for the Old Joint Stock Theatre (OJS), reaffirms their ‘reverse-Tardis’ ethos - small on the inside/big thinking outside the box. London-based Time Zone Theatre, renowned for their eclectic and derring-do repertoire, premiere this seven venue tour at the OJS closing with an ...

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