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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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The Who’s Tommy – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Man standing on pinball machine as others dance around him

Director: Kerry Michael Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Musical Director: Robert Hyman Reviewer: Jim Gillespie When Pete Townsend first created the “deaf, dumb and blind” hero, Tommy, he probably intended his disabilities to be symbolic. In the hands of New Wolsey Theatre and Ramps on the Moon, they are far more than this, as a cast and creative team which ...

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The Who’s Tommy – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:  John Kennedy Described as the Rock Musical reborn for a new generation there may well be a smattering of the My Generation here tonight who heard it first time round. The essential summertime news circulating in 1969 was that The Who were ...

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The Who’s Tommy – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Musical Director: Robert Hyman Reviewer: Glen Pearce The Who’s Tommy has always been something of a concept for directors to mould into their own. Sadly though concept doesn't always translate into form. Pete Townsend’s rock opera was ...

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The Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone – Bike Shed, Exeter

Grayscale Theatre's Gods Have Fallen

Writer andDirector:Selma Dimitrijevic Reviewer:Joan Phillips What do we really mean when we say ‘do you want a cup of tea?’. How often is this question, and answer, ever about a cup of tea? Rachel Dimitrijevic’s short play The Gods Are Fallen and All Safety Gone takes an intimate look at one of the most basic relationships in our society, that ...

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The Family Way (All in Good Time) – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Bill Naughton Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   The rising price of property is making acquiring a home increasingly difficult for the younger generation. Which brings an unexpected contemporary relevance to Bill Naughton’s 1966 social comedy The Family Way. The stress of residing with their in-laws Ezra (David Birrell) and Lucy Fitton (Barbara Drennan) has an unfortunate effect ...

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Nicobobinus – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Terry Jones Adapter and director: John Ward Composer and Musical Director: Eilidh deBonnaire Reviewer: Ron Simpson John Ward’s version of Terry Jones’ children’s story was originally staged as the Christmas show at London’s LOST Theatre. Now, as the joint production by Red Ladder and DumbWise tours the North and Midlands, there’s still a touch of Christmas cheer about the ...

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