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Oyster Boy – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Devised by Haste Theatre Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Tim Burton is well known for his dark eccentric fantasy films, but in 1997 he also produced a book in a similar vein, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories. The title story, written in verse, is the inspiration for Haste Theatre’s Oyster Boy. The story is a simple allegory about ...

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Ordinary Days – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

The cast of Ordinary Days: Lisa MacGregor, Duncan Burt, James Edge, Alicia Barban

Music and Lyrics: Adam Gwon Director: Karl Steele Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Claire and Jason are a couple trying to work out how to live together but pulling in different directions. Jason is intoxicated with his love for her; she is inexplicably more resistant. Deb has drifted into graduate school and - horror of horrors - has somehow lost her notes ...

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Wolf Meat – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Director: Mick Barnfather Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Ever wondered what Eastenders on crack might look like? Wolf Meat from Wildheart and Lyric answers that perennial question. Grandma lives with geeky grandson Wolfie and the unsettling Luna who seems to exist to serve. Together they are unlikely drug barons, running everything south of the river. But on their track is crack investigator, ...

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Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writers: Tim Bell with Havoc Theatre Directors: Laurence Cook and Hannah Kew Reviewer:  John Kennedy Tragi-comic, pathos heart-string tugging, this Bearded Lady made quite an impression on last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and might well have become a minor cult hit: if only by a whisker - if only someone had had the heart (and comb) to tell her. We are ...

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The 39 Steps – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Patrick Barlow from the book by John Buchan Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight John Buchan’s book, The Thirty-Nine Steps was a trailblazer in many ways – Buchan described it as his first “shocker”, in which the events, twists and turns are barely believable, and it set the standard for the “man on the run” plotline. The hero, Richard ...

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Beautiful Thing – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Andrew Greaves and Reis Bruce in Beautiful Thing

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Tracey Street Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing is a truly charming tale of first love. Set in the early 1990s on a rundown council estate in Thamesmead, our protagonists gradually discover their depth of feelings for each other and, against the odds, seem set to live happily ever after. But this is not a ...

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The Tell-Tale Heart – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writers: The Company from the short story by Edgar Allan Poe Director: Adam Carver Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, seems to be a fragment of a conversation between two people, an unreliable narrator and another. The narrator is keen to prove his sanity but to do that he must admit to the murder of ...

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Mrs Shakespeare – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Irene Kelleher in Mrs Shakespeare

Writer and Director: Ian Wild Reviewer: Selwyn Knight A character lies sleeping in doublet and hose, holding a quill pen. Clearly, we are in Tudor times. But look around – there are medical screens and a distinctly modern-looking desk. The sleeping figure awakens and introduces itself as William Shakespeare. We suffer considerable confusion – this person is clearly female, but ...

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