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Victor Frankenstein – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Adaptor: Rose Biggin (from the novel by Mary Shelley) Director: Amy Liptrott Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Victor Frankenstein is full of ideas about the source novel, about performance, and about the nature of theatrical experience but these never quite come together into a coherent and satisfying production. There are many strong elements here but they are undermined by a range ...

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Homegrown – Z-Arts, Manchester

Femme by Taciturn Dance &Variations of the Heart by Tmesis Theatre Choreographers: Jennifer Hale, Jenny Rees, Jenna Roberts, Elinor Randle Music: La Femme, Los Zafiros, Meike Holzmann, Egle Mei Reviewer: Jo Beggs Homegrown is a new regular programme of work organised by Dance Manchester and Z-Arts showcasing local dance talent. If tonight’s offering is anything to go by this is ...

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What the Ladybird Heard – The Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Julia Donaldson Director: Graham Hubbard Reviewer: Clare Boswell What the Ladybird Heard currently playing at the Liverpool Playhouse is based upon Julia Donaldson’s and Lydia Monk’s popular award-winning book of the same name. Having read an abundance of children’s story books with my daughter over the past two years, What the Ladybird Heard is definitely one of the better ...

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Ballad of the Burning Star – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writer/Director: Nir Paldi Reviewer: Teddy Lamb This comedic drag cabaret act exploring the Israeli/Palestine conflict was the surprise hit of 2013’s Edinburgh Fringe, and it arrives in London following a thorough UK Tour. Firstly, it must be noted that the atmosphere at Battersea Arts Centre was electric, the beautiful building was buzzing with arty youngsters and liberals with their noses ...

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Dial M for Murder – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Val Baskott First aired as a TV play in 1952 then a West End hit and Broadway success, it is Hitchock’s film version of Frank Knott’s Dial M for Murder that is best remembered. The play itself is a carefully crafted model of the ‘how-and-why-dunnit’ thriller brought to life again in director Lucy ...

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Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens – The White Bear, Kennington

Music: Janet Hood Lyrics: Bill Russell Director: Marc Kelly Reviewer: Joanna Trainor Angels, Punks and Raging Queens are partying before the audience even arrive at the White Bear in Kennington. Disco balls, fairy lights, illuminated beer signs, stage show posters, beanbags, and a well-placed table to dramatically dance on, set the scene for a celebration of these characters’ lives, but ...

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Still I See My Baby & Happiness – Theatre503, London

Writers: D B Horrigan and Danny Whitehead Director:Hannah Kaye/D B Horrigan Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Still I See My Baby and Happiness make up a double-bill at Theatre503 this week, coming from new theatre company Sky or the Bird who pride themselves on putting emerging writers front and centre. The evening begins with Still I See My Baby, a sinister slice ...

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Before the Night is Through – Landor Theatre, London

Book &Lyrics: Olivia Thompson Music: Chris Whitehead Director: Robert McWhir Reviewer: Stephen Bates If Agatha Christie and Ivor Novello had ever joined forces and then drawn inspiration fromCape Fear, the result could have been something like this show. Presented as part of theLandor’s From Page to Stage season, showcasing new musical theatre, it is a rollickingspoof of the whodunnit genre, ...

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