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Reasons to be Cheerful – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: Paul Sirett Music: Derek Hussey, Chaz Jankel and John Kelly Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Are you sitting comfortably … then forget it. Feeling comfortable is the last thing you’ll find with this show, which is billed as a raucous musical. Raucous does not begin to cover the foul-mouthed, hot-tempered and politically strident show featuring the hits of ...

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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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Sparkies – The National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

Writer: John Kelly Director: John Kelly Reviewer: Sue Collier The National Coal Mining Museum provides the perfect setting for this hilarious, award winning comedy by writer/director John Kelly which tells the story of 15 year old Barnsley lad Darby, as he finds his feet in the world of work at a time when Harold Wilson's pit closures and the importance ...

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The Threepenny Opera – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Jeremy Sams Directors: Peter Rowe, Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katie Lee 'If the misery is genuine, no one will believe it.' This contemporary adaptation of Brecht's Threepenny Opera by Graeae Theatre Company explores poverty, disability and common reaction to it, updating the text for our present era of government cuts. Here, the beggars are ...

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The Threepenny Opera – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht, translated by Jeremy Sams Book: Bertolt Brecht, translated by Robert David MacDonald Directors: Peter Rowe and Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Brecht based his Threepenny Opera on the earlier English work, The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay. Written in German, it has frequently been translated into English, with two of its songs, ‘Mack the ...

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The Threepenny Opera – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Composer: Kurt Weil English Dialogue: Robert David Macdonald English Lyrics: Jeremy Sams Directors: Jenny Sealey and Peter Rowe Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There’s rebellion in the air at The New Wolsey Theatre. Banners are strewn across the foyer and auditorium, and cast members seem to be busking in the box office. It’s not some scheme to highlight ...

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