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Mrs Oscar Wilde – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Lexi Wolfe Reviewer:  John Kennedy This evening, Constance Lloyd Wilde’s life becomes a fascinating, structured reality where the narrative constant exploits the intimate correspondences she exchanged with nephew, Otho. Forever defined by the catastrophic hubris of her estranged husband, Oscar, overshadowing her own achievements as proto-feminist, author and political activist, Lexi Wolfe gives revelatory voice to a fascinating, complex woman. ...

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More Unbearable Pleasures Of Being A Woman – The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham.

Two girls look out

Writers: Joanna Eden and Leigh McDonald Reviewer: John Kennedy The show’s hedonistic title riffs on an obtuse nod to novel/film The Unbearable Lightness Of Being. while, disappointingly, the sex isn’t anywhere as near explicit, it at least manages to dodge the car crash – mostly. Think Victoria Wood and French & Saunders’ wine-soaked quality-time mothers together with Stephen Sondheim existentialism. Mac & Eden are shouty, ...

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London, Paris, Roam – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Sarah Tullamore Music & Lyrics: James Burn Reviewer:  James Garrington Sarah Tullamore, she tells us, is “a woman of a certain age”. It’s an age that seems to arrive suddenly, one where you have to sit down to put your tights on. She’s spent 20 years in Paris, and maybe it’s time to move on. For just over an ...

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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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