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The Last Five Years – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Director: Karl Steele Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Last Five Years has now been around almost twenty years since its première in Chicago in 2001. Moving off-Broadway, it garnered numerous awards. While the story it tells is a path relatively well-trod, its methodology isn’t. Jamie is an aspiring novelist; Cathy aspires to be an actress. They ...

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Kanada – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer and Director: Nathalie Bazán Reviewer: Selwyn Knight We are in Auschwitz. Crushed people stagger by, trying to survive its horrors. In the centre, two young Jews seek solace together: Anya from Poland and Nikolai from Hungary. They seem ready to give up but are determined that they should tell us their story, the sum of their experiences that has led them ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Francis is easily confused. He used to play washboard in a skiffle band but then the Beatles happened and he was sacked. Hungry and desperate for food, he met Roscoe, a dodgy-looking bloke, who offered him a week’s work as his minder. Which is odd as Roscoe was murdered by the ...

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Up ‘n’ Under – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: John Godber Director: Tracey Street Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s 1984 and The Cobbler’s Arms reigns supreme in Rugby League Sevens across the north of England. Arthur is an ex-pro who lets his mouth run away with him and makes a potentially disastrous bet with the Cobblers’ manager, that he can train any amateur team to beat them. And so ...

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Obama and Me – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Sylvia Arthur Reviewer: RL Bartholomew Sylvia Arthur used to be a dynamic Brussels-based communications strategist whose task was to promote the controversial Fourth Freedom - unrestricted movement of people inside the Euro zone. Black, efficient, and articulate, she could have been a poster girl for a thoroughly open, outward-looking Europe. Instead, Arthur discovered - just like Obama did in ...

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The Bastard King – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writers: Ralph Jones and Vyvyan Almond Reviewer:  James Garrington Imagine Game of Thrones mixed with a few of Shakespeare’s history plays and touches of Lord of the Rings, but with lots of laughs, and you have something close to The Bastard King. The one-act play is something like an extended comedy sketch, conceived, written and performed by The Awkard Silence, comedy ...

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Gratiano – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Ross Ericson Director: Michelle Yim Reviewer: James Garrington Bassanio is dead – he has been murdered and Gratiano has been taken in for questioning. As he faces his interviewers, he considers all of the possible culprits and what their motives for the crime might have been. Gratiano takes The Merchant of Venice and looks at the plot anew in ...

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