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The Wipers Times – The Curve, Leicester

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: James Garrington “Ask yourself the following questions. Do you suffer from cheerfulness? Do you think the war will end in the next twelve months? Do you have faith in our commanders to bring the war to a successful conclusion? Optimism! Two days at our establishment will eradicate all traces of ...

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A Thing Mislaid – Déda Theatre, Derby

Writers: Bethany Sheldon and Kathryn Lowe, devised with Teele Uustani, Raquel Pereira, Elena Casotto Directors: Bethany Sheldon and Kathryn Lowe Reviewer: Dave Smith If home is no longer home, then where do we belong? This is the question posed by Maison Foo in their new show about migration, A Thing Mislaid, a hugely engaging, imaginative and skilful performance combining visual storytelling, ...

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Hymns for Robots – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Charles Craggs, Connor Alexander, Jessie Coller (Noctium Theatre) Director: Connor Alexander Reviewer: Nicole Craft Born, bred, blitzed. Delia Derbyshire, most famous for her part in the instantly recognisable Doctor Who theme tune, was born and raised in Coventry. A pioneer of her time, her life and work are still being both recognised and (re)discovered. Noctium theatre, a three-piece company who ...

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Funny Faces – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Steve Dimmer Director: Rosemary Hill Reviewer: James Garrington It’s 60 years since the Carry On films first appeared on our screens with Carry On Sergeant. For many years fans waited in eager anticipation as one or often two new films were released per year, each usually with a very similar cast whose names became synonymous with the franchise – ...

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Joan Armatrading: The 2018 Tour – Town Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy The one time Brummie school-girl, now international journey-woman chanteuse, savant of stealth Folk driving bluesy, jazz-fusioned reggae with a samba slant, celebrates her latest album Not Too Far Away, the nineteenth in a have-guitar-will-travel forty-six-year career of multiple-award-winning singer-songwriting. The Town Hall welcome is rafter-threatening, her smile an explosion of modest delight. It’s showcase time. Ten songs ...

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Salad Days – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book and Lyrics: Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade Music: Julian Slade Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One can’t help wondering what on earth Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds were on when they wrote Salad Days in a month in 1954 to form the summer show at the Old Vic. Written at a time when Britain was still in the ...

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Pop Music – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Have you ever heard a few bars of a song and been immediately transported back in time to your younger self, with all your youthful aspirations, emotions and insecurities to boot? G and Kayla have. During an evening at a wedding reception, Kayla and G meet and strike up a friendship ...

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Woman on Fire – Albany Theatre Studio, Coventry

Writer: John Woudberg Director: Claire Moore Reviewer: James Garrington Ask people to come up with a list of the names of people involved in the UK Suffrage movement and it is unlikely that Edith Rigby would feature much. Overshadowed by some of her more famous contemporaries, Rigby nonetheless played a large part in the movement that fought for years to achieve voting ...

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