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Holes – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Louis Sachar Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith Having got his tenure as Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse off to a solid start with local mining paean Wonderland, Adam Penford here significantly raises the bar with this unendingly inventive and entertaining adaptation of Louis Sachar’s modern classic novel Holes. This is a clever and intelligently directed combination of humour, silliness, ...

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The Father – Oldham Coliseum

Writers:  Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Richard Hall The Coliseum’s final in-house production of the spring/summer 2017 season is a bold and innovative choice for this venue. The Father, by French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller, is a powerful, dark, tragic comedy about the harrowing and devastating impact of dementia on one man and his family. ...

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Meat Pie, Sausage Roll – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Music and Lyrics: Carol Donaldson Writers: Cathy Crabb and Lindsay Williams Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Donna Kelly The Lancashire town of Oldham is known for many things, cotton mills, the invention of the tubular bandage and birth place of scientist Professor Brian Cox to name but a few. But in the late 1980s and early 1990s it was town's football ...

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Brassed Off – Oldham Coliseum

Brassed Off at Oldham Collesium

Writer: Mark Herman Adaptor: Paul Allen Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Iain Sykes The appearance of Brassed Off on the schedules of Oldham Coliseum is a regular occurrence. Three productions of the play, adapted by Paul Allen from Mark Herman’s screenplay for the 1996 film of the same name, have graced the boards here in the last eleven years, and the ...

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Noises Off – Nottingham Playhouse

Patrick Osborne (Garry), Carla Mendonça (Dotty), Sophia Nomvete (Brooke), Orlando Wells (Lloyd) and Ritu Arya (Poppy) in Noises Off

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Noises Off is often hailed as the funniest play ever written. Starting life in 1977 as a one-act play called Exits, playwright Michael Frayn then developed the show into Noises Off in time for its London premiere in 1982. It has since been seen regularly in the West End and ...

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Dancing through the Shadows – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Richard Vergett Director: Mark Babych Designer: Dawn Allsopp Reviewer: Ron Simpson Dancing through the Shadows is billed as “a story of love and family from the heart of the Hull Blitz” and indeed Hull Truck does the city proud in commemorating one of the most devastating, but under-reported, series of attacks on a British city in World War II. ...

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Beryl – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Sue Collier Maxine Peake's witty, charming and critically acclaimed play celebrates the life of unsung sporting legend Beryl Burton. Peake’s original radio play, commissioned for the stage in celebration of the 2014 Grand Depart was a sell out success. It challenges us to consider why most people have never heard of Burton, the ...

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Forever Young – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Erik Gedeon Adaptor: Giles Croft and Stefan Bednarczyk Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Paul Downham If you imagine Toy Story meets Mamma Mia then you will have a pretty good idea of how your evening watching Forever Young at the Oldham Coliseum is going to pan out. Set in the year 2050 at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre Home For Ageing ...

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