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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – Aylesbury Waterside

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Pete Benson It seems like Mischief Theatre can do no wrong and with this current tour of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery that is not going to change anytime soon. If you saw The Play That Goes Wrong and were wondering if the latest show will just be more of ...

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Robin Ince: Chaos Of Delight – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Robin Ince, polymath, comedian, writer and much-loved side-kick of Brian Cox on Radio 4’sThe Infinite Monkey Cage has a lot going on in his head. Maybe too much. In recent years he’s been upfront about his mental health, the multiple Robins in his head and his choice of career, treating it all as just more stuff to be ...

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The Life I Lead – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: James Kettle Directors: Didi Hopkins and Selina Cadell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight When one thinks of David Tomlinson, one probably thinks of Mr Banks in Mary Poppins, for Tomlinson by then had already carved his niche playing, as he described them, ‘my dim-witted upper-class twit performances’. And when one hears that there’s to be a play celebrating the life of ...

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Trainspotting – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Irvine Welsh, adapted by Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher Reviewer: Chris Collett Back in the 1990s, there emerged a new generation of playwrights who seemed intent on shocking middle England and outraging the Daily Mail, with expletive-laden dialogue, and graphic depictions of sex and violence. Alongside the likes of Sarah Kane’s Blasted and Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and F**king, one ...

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The Comedy About a Bank Robbery – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Nicole Craft Mitch is in the slammer. Enlisting the help of one of the prison guards, Cooper, he concocts a plan to bust out and go and steal a precious diamond from the city bank owned by his girlfriend’s father. Cooper hasn’t told a soul…apart from his colleague, who ...

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Me and My Doll – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer and Director: Lucy Bird Reviewer: Selwyn Knight By many measures, Kate is successful. She holds her own in an extremely competitive male-dominated office, doing her best to fit in, working long hours and swearing like a trooper – she’s even Johnno’s Best Man. But Kate is also socially inept and lonely; she might have it all professionally, but personally, her life ...

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A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Jon Brittain Composer: Matthew Floyd Jones Director: Alex Mitchell Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) burst on the scene to enthusiastic reviews and an award or two at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. Now the Hull-based theatre company, Silent Uproar, is taking it on an extensive national tour of mostly one- and two-nighters. Wakefield ...

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