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Reasons to Be Cheerful – Derby Theatre

Book: Paul Sirett Music & Lyrics: Ian Dury and the Blockheads Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Dave Smith Like many UK acts that emerged in the late 1970s that were different to the family-friendly pop or bland disco that had previously dominated the charts, Ian Dury and the Blockheads were labelled as punk or new wave. Yet Ian Dury had been a ...

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Wonder Woman: The Naked Truth – Derby Theatre Studio

Devised by The Notnow Collective Director: Hannah Silva Reviewer:  Hannah Powell In a comedic and honest representation of the challenges of motherhood, from public shaming to those moments where you are forced to choose between your child and your career. The Notnow Collective open the audience’s eyes to 21st-century parenthood. all centred around a question: Can we soothe our babies and ...

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Debris – Derby Theatre

Deviser: Louise White Reviewer:  Hannah Powell At first glance,  Debris appears to be a comedic interpretation of someone’s journey through depression, but as the show progresses it becomes much more than just that. It attacks the root of depressions through the first-hand experiences of the creator, Louise White. One might suspect that it might make a mockery of mental illness without ...

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Invincible – Derby Theatre

Alastair Whatley as Oliver and Emily Bowker as Emily

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Stephen Darcy Reviewer: Hannah Powell An incredible piece of theatre which is not only hilarious but also heart-warming and thought-provoking, Invincible depicts the story of Oliver (Alastair Whatley) and Emily (Emily Bowker), a couple more used to the southern way of things, as they relocate their family up north and have their first encounter with their ...

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I Used To Hear Footsteps – The Studio, Derby Theatre

Writer: Jack A. G. Britton Reviewer:  Hannah Powell A thought provoking show designed to make even the most sceptic spectator sit upright, I Used to Hear Footsteps tells the tale of writer and actor Jack Britton’s childhood home in Beeston, Nottingham, and the supernatural happenings surrounding it. The audience is invited to join Jack as he presents his findings in ...

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Alice in Wonderland – Derby Theatre

The cast of Alice in Wonderland

Writer: Mike Kenny after the book by Lewis Carroll Director: Sarah Brigham Reviewer: Dave Smith With a more traditional panto taking place across the city at Derby Arena for the Christmas season, Derby Theatre has instead opted for an adaptation of one of our best-loved children’s stories, Alice in Wonderland (with Tweedledum and Tweedledee sneaking in from Through the Looking ...

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Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The Cast of Sweeney Todd at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Adaptation: Christopher Bond Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Michael Haslam Reviewer: Glen Pearce Those who think stage musicals are all sequins, kick lines and jazz hands have obviously never been to Stephen Sondheim’s darkest of works, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. To be fair, there’s been much debate over ...

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Two Man Show – Derby Theatre

Devisers: RashDash Theatre Company Reviewer:Hannah Powell If want to see a show which attacks today’s patriarchal system from both a feministic point of view and from the more masculine view point, then this would be the show for you to witness. A beautiful movement piece with added live music because words just aren’t enough for everything they have to say. ...

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