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My Beautiful Laundrette – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Music: Tennant/Lowe Writer: Hanif Kureishi Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: James Garrington My Beautiful Laundrette originally saw the light of day as a low-budget movie shown as part of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Met with great acclaim, it was subsequently released to the cinemas where it became quite a success and was nominated for several awards. We’re in the 1980s in ...

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Black Men Walking – mac, Birmingham

Writer: Testament Director: Dawn Walter Reviewer: John Kennedy ‘And specially, from every shires ende Of England, to the [Peaks] they wende, The holy blisful [diaspora] for to seke,’ Seems that yon Chaucer chap saw something like this a-coming long time ago, ‘appen. To pass the time, to escape it, three disparate black men go hill-walking. It is a time to ...

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Circus 1903 – Birmingham Hippodrome

Director: Neil Dorward Reviewer: John Kennedy Circus 1903 celebrates an intoxicatingly dexterous, fin de siecle, imaginarium of itinerant acrobatic eccentrica; a through-the-looking-glass shimmering construct of eye-popping impossibilities conjuring reminiscences of Ray Bradbury’s American mid-west novellas. For most certainly tonight something deliciously well wicked this way comes. Relishing in exotic, alliterative narratives, Ringmaster Willy Whipsnade (David Williamson), part Emcee, part side-show ...

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A Museum in Baghdad – Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: Hannah Khalil Director: Erica Whyman Reviewer: Daljinder Johal “History is written by the victors” but as many working in heritage would know, doing so is hardly easy and who has the right to present history, is increasingly being debated. A Museum in Baghdad carefully examines the complexity of colonialism through the figure of Gertrude Bell (Emma Fielding) and her work ...

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What’s in a Name – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writers: Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière Adaptor and Director: Jeremy Sams Reviewer: Pete Benson It starts as a simple dinner party but will explode into a melee of criticism, accusation and surprise as a joke sparks heated debate. What’s in a Name started life as a French play, Le Prénom, that was nominated for six Molière Awards when ...

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Prism – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer and Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: James Garrington Jack Cardiff.  Not a name that will ring many bells maybe, yet he was one of the greats of motion pictures, with a career spanning 75 years. His most notable work was as a cinematographer – the person who chooses lenses, film speed, focus, lighting and camera angles, effectively creating the image you ...

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Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Isobel McArthur from the book by Jane Austen Director: Paul Brotherston Reviewer: Katie Burchett It is a truth universally acknowledged, that every Jane Austen novel adapted for the stage must include karaoke. Or if it wasn’t before, it should be now, thanks to Tron Theatre Company’s all-female co-production of Pride and Prejudice*(*sort of).  Raucous and vibrant, Isobel McArthur’s adaptation ...

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Prism – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer and Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: John Kennedy The only hair-in-the-gate blemish on this otherwise exquisite, elegantly framed, semi-biographical exposé on the life of cinematic craftsman, Jack Cardiff, is that Writer/Director, Terry Johnson calls it a wrap so perfectly soon – maybe it’s the light – he’s used it all up. Fiat Lux – Let there be Light. For Jack, it’s ...

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