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BOOK REVIEW: Drawn to the Globe

Author: Chris Duggan Publisher: Ancon Hill Publishing Reviewer: John Roberts Published to coincide with The Globe’s 20th year of performance and of course in the 400th year of Shakespeare Drawn to the Globe is a little gem of a book for any lover of theatre and indeed Shakespeare. Artist Chris Duggan has over the past 20 years stood through all ...

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Jon Ronson – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Reviewer: John Roberts A slightly disheveled, unassuming figure walks onto the stage, greeted by an almost full ballroom of expectant guests waiting to hear one of the greatest non-fiction writers of our generation talk about publicly shaming people. Of course this is to help promote the forthcoming paperback version of his latest book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, but rather ...

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NEWS: Famed novelist Irvine Welsh takes A Decent Ride to Aberdeen’s Music Hall

Acclaimed and often controversial Scottish author Irvine Welsh is to spend an evening in Aberdeen’s Music Hall on 18 April, chatting about his latest and some say his funniest and fifthiest novel this spring. InA Decent Ride, the Edinburgh-born novelist, playwright and short story writer celebrates an un-reconstructed misogynist hustler, a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent ...

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BOOK REVIEW: The National Theatre Story

Author: Daniel Rosenthal Publisher: Oberon Books Reviewer: John Roberts Upon first encountering Daniel Rosenthal’s The National Theatre Story you would be forgiven for taking in a deep inhale of breath, for here is one mighty large book at just under 1000 pages without footnotes (these are provided as a separate and also rather long but equally fascinating additional download.) However ...

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Howard Marks – The Lowry,Salford

Writer and performer: Howard Marks Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating:2] Howard Marks calls his show Scholar, Smuggler, Prisoner, Scribe as a potted description of his life so far. In fact as he freely admits it is more of a book tour than a theatre show, albeit a book tour incorporating video and audio sections. Born in 1945 in a small Welsh ...

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Lionboy – Bristol Old Vic

From the novels by: Zizou Corder Director: Annabel Arden Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4] In the future, the world is warmer, mobile phones are powered by the sun and there is a growing allergy to cats. When two scientists who are working on a cure to asthma are kidnapped, their only hope of rescue lays with their eleven year old son ...

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The Woman in Black – New Theatre, Cardiff

Book: Susan Hill (adapted by Stephen Mallatratt) Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:3] Adapted from Susan Hill’s 1983 novel, The Woman in Black is now celebrating its 25th anniversary as it tours the UK. Premiering as a Christmas Ghost Story at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, the play went on to open in the West End following a ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Great Moments in Theatre – Benedict Nightingale

Publisher: Oberon Books Reviewer: Emily Pearce Benedict Nightingale is a theatre reviewer and the ex chief critic for The Times. In his charming and informative book, 'Great Moments in Theatre', he has compiled and reviewed moments from the great performances that have either changed the course of theatrical history or exhilarated and inspired audiences. Although it may be assumed that ...

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