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Macbeth – mac, Birmingham

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andy Barrow Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Oddsocks Productions, formed in 1989 by husband and wife team, Andy Barrow and Elli Mackenzie, aims to ‘tell good stories in a fun interactive way’, producing a ‘theatre experience for everyone’. Since 1993, they have mounted two tours per year, performing all over the country, often outdoors. Snippets of overheard conversation when ...

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Mrs Oscar Wilde – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Lexi Wolfe Reviewer:  John Kennedy This evening, Constance Lloyd Wilde’s life becomes a fascinating, structured reality where the narrative constant exploits the intimate correspondences she exchanged with nephew, Otho. Forever defined by the catastrophic hubris of her estranged husband, Oscar, overshadowing her own achievements as proto-feminist, author and political activist, Lexi Wolfe gives revelatory voice to a fascinating, complex woman. ...

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BE FESTIVAL: Obnimashki – Birmingham REP

Four people are tangled on the floor

Created by: Anna Aristarkhova, Germany Reviewer: John Kennedy Describing itself as 'evocative, abstract dance' perhaps the 'abstract' component evokes at least some semblance of accuracy, if not honesty. The collective stage-hugging denouement has its moment of unifying karma - the preceding 25 minutes of self-indulgent, skills-lite floundering make that a near medical and psychological imperative. While the ethos of each BE FESTIVAL evening's performances sets a ...

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BE FESTIVAL: Légende – Birmingham REP

A man is looking at a simple structure made of two wooden blocks

Writer: Romain Teule (France/Portugal) Reviewer:  John Kennedy Ambient found sounds of passing traffic and tweeting birds drift about the auditorium. A gangly, bean-pole of a young man daddy long-legs about the stage. His performance lecture is an intriguing deconstruction of English pronunciation, syntax and literal interpretations. The screen text projections seeming drivel, enough to confound even Professor Stanley Unwin's tautological scatology. ...

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BE FESTIVAL: Wednesday – Birmingham REP

Performances reviewed: The Sensemaker (Woman's Move, Switzerland) Portraits And Short Stories (Panama Pictures, Netherlands) Everything Is OK (Marco D'Agostin, Italy) My Country Is What The Sea Doesn’t Want (Casa Da Esquina, Portugal) Reviewer:  John Kennedy 23 June 2016: a febrile atmosphere possesses The REP: it was Referendum Day and optimistic display boards celebrated pan-European messages of hope and inclusion. The ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer:  Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: John Kennedy Awash with deserved accolades and awards, this National Theatre adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel has a devilishly inventive conceit to contend with. How the hell will they stage it? With a narrator and ensemble chorus worthy of a Greek tragi-comedy and technical prowess ...

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Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 in Concert – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Tony Bennett smiling with hands held out

Reviewer: John Kennedy ‘Of all the contemporary artists I know, she has the most natural jazz voice, but I'm worried about her and I'm praying for her.’ Tony Bennett’s concerns for Amy Whitehouse following their collaborative duets were sadly apposite. His admiration and kindness drew him the appreciation and affection of yet another generation of fans. Many here tonight weren’t ...

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More Unbearable Pleasures Of Being A Woman – The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham.

Two girls look out

Writers: Joanna Eden and Leigh McDonald Reviewer: John Kennedy The show’s hedonistic title riffs on an obtuse nod to novel/film The Unbearable Lightness Of Being. while, disappointingly, the sex isn’t anywhere as near explicit, it at least manages to dodge the car crash – mostly. Think Victoria Wood and French & Saunders’ wine-soaked quality-time mothers together with Stephen Sondheim existentialism. Mac & Eden are shouty, ...

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