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Desert – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Writer: Edward Fortes Director: Bethany Pitts Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan You may not recognise the name Bradley Manning, but most would have heard about the case against a US Intelligence Analyst who leaked US military secrets to WikiLeaks in 2010. Presented by The Molino Group, Desert explores some challenging issues through bringing actual transcripts of conversations and imagined scenarios to the ...

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Russell Watson: Only One Man – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Russell Watson is quite unique as a singer. Leaving school without qualifications, he quickly gained a factory job, wife and child and supplemented his earnings singing pop covers on the northern club circuit. Almost by chance, and despite lacking any classical training, he discovered an affinity with classical arias when it was suggested he sing ‘Nessun Dorma’. ...

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Rumours of Fleetwood Mac – Birmingham Town Hall

Reviewer: James Garrington Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967, and since that time they have turned out a huge number of hit records. Many of their sings are popular and well-known, and maybe for a number of people are almost definitive of the time they were growing up. Their best-selling album Rumours has sold over 45 million copies worldwide, so ...

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The Johnny Cash Roadshow – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Reviewer: Pete Benson The great Johnny Cash’s career spanned nearly half a century until his death in 2003. Commonly he was associated with the country music scene but he had much success in other genres. Known as The Man in Black because of his on stage attire his path traversed stardom, serious drug dependence, brushes with the law and eventually ...

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Anthropoetry – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Reviewed by Karen McCandless Joking around with your audience before the start of your show is a risky decision (what if they think you seem really awful and decide not to like your show based on this interaction?) But that is how Ben Mellor (Dr Ben in his white coat and stethoscope) greeted the audience at the start of his ...

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Zeppelin Dreams – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer and Director: Tim Yealland Music: Rachel Leach Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Almost exactly a hundred years ago, on 31st January, 1916 to be exact, an ordinary Monday dawned. A thick fog had descended over much of Britain including Wolverhampton and the Black Country In Germany, nine airships set off to fly over the north sea to cross the entire width ...

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Egusi Soup – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Janice Okoh Director: Paul Bourne Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Egusi Soup is a thick, rich, spicy and nourishing soup from western Africa, especially popular in Nigeria. Its preparation is an important skill and passed down within the family. And it is a well-chosen metaphor for the situation that the Anyia family find themselves in. It is a year since the ...

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The Believers – The Curve, Leicester

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: James Garrington Just imagine that something life-changing has happened but you’re not sure how. Imagine that the only thing you’re really sure of is that you’re no longer sure about anything. This is the premise of The Believers. When Marianne (Eileen Walsh) and Joff (Christopher Colquhoun) find that their home is flooded, they ...

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