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Awful Auntie – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: David Walliams Adapter and Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Simon Topping What is immediately apparent about Birmingham Stage Company’s adaptation of David Walliams’ Children’s classic Awful Auntie is the beautifully crafted and atmospheric set.  Designed by Jacqueline Trousdale, four fabulous rotating turrets represent Saxby Hall, the family stately home where all the action takes place.  Used to perfection, these towers ...

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Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Terry Deary and Neal Foster Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Nicole Craft “Whoa…look at the setup!”; The first words uttered by a younger member of this reviewer’s party as we enter the auditorium. It’s not the most staggering stage-set ever witnessed, but the two medieval tents and the array of costumes already present, hanging from two elaborate hat stands, are ...

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Gangsta Granny – Storyhouse Theatre, Chester

Writer: David Walliams Director: Neil Foster Reviewers: Clare and Mollie Howdon Based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, the critically acclaimed production of Gangsta Granny, adapted for the stage by Birmingham Stage Company, is currently on tour and myself and my young companion (aged 6) had the pleasure of seeing it at Storyhouse Theatre in Chester.  Neil Forster’s creative and fast-paced direction ...

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Awful Auntie – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Neal Foster adapted from the book by David Walliams Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Niki Craft With David Walliams quickly climbing the ladder leading to the title of Britain’s most popular children’s author, it is no surprise that companies are flocking to work his books into theatrical productions. Having had staggering success with their first go at a Walliams adaption ...

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Gangsta Granny – The Grand, Leeds

Boy, older woman with puppet animals

Writer: David Walliams Adaptor and Director: Neal Forest Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Birmingham Stage Company, the team behind Horrible Histories have worked their magic again – although granted, turning David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny into a fun-filled adaptation for the stage is somewhat less of a challenge. The skill of the shows adaptor, Neal Foster shines through, as it transitions seamlessly from ...

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Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Terry Deary Director: Neal Foster  Reviewer: Matt Forrest The Horrible Histories juggernaut has been rolling along for some years now. Starting life as a series of children's books by actor/author Terry Deary published in 1993, the books were later turned into a TV series produced by CBBC from 2009 to the present day. Now in its sixth season and ...

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Gangsta Granny – The Lowry, Salford

Gangsta Granny Production Image

Writer: David Walliams Adaptor and Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Have you ever wanted to do something so incredibly bad in your life … just once? Just to see if you could? Have you ever wondered if there’s something more to your Granny than knitting and Murray mints? And, if you were 11, do you think that you could ...

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Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders – The Lowry, Salford

Incredible Invaders

Based on the books by Terry Deary Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   If we want Britain to be pure we’re 2000 years too late. This apt reminder of the fluidity of this country’s past is the subject matter of Birmingham Stage Company’s Incredible Invaders. Part of Terry Deary’s hugely successful Horrible Histories books (and hit CBBC sketch show) ...

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