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The Owl and the Pussycat – Thirsk and Sowerby Town Hall

Writer: Bill Manhoff Director: Mark Stratton Producer: Sheila Carter Designer: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Owl and the Pussycat came to Thirsk Town Hall near the end of the third week of a four-week tour by the remarkable Esk Valley Theatre. Not content with a pretty much sold out month in the Summer at the Robinson Institute in Glaisdale, ...

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Paul Foot: Image Conscious – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Paul Foot is an odd-looking man with perhaps an even odder brain. This may fit the description of the vast majority of male stand-up comedians but Foot seems to take the crown of being the eccentric’s eccentric. With only rare television or radio appearances, mainly on Channel Four panel shows, Foot has been on the circuit for ...

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600 People – Live Art Bistro, Leeds

Music includes: Blind Willie Johnson, Human Don't Be Angry Director: Rachael Walton Writer: Alexander Kelly Design: Daniel Fletcher (print and visuals), Nathaniel Warnes (animation) Reviewer: Rich Jevons Third Angel's 600 People is somewhere between stand-up comedy and an astrophysics lecture. The piece was sparked off by a conversation with Dr Simon Goodwin from the University of Sheffield and his work ...

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TUCK – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Alun Saunders Directors: Mared Swain & Jess Williams Reviewer: Beth Steer Using drag queens, glitz, and glamour to explore difficult, dark subjects like suicide, isolation, and loneliness, might seem like a difficult concept to make work – but TUCK smashes it out of the park. And it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Another outstanding piece of theatre from Welsh playwright Alun ...

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The Messiah – Birmingham REP

Writer and Director: Patrick Barlow Reviewer: James Garrington Which is worse – Maurice Rose’s writing, or Ronald Bream’s acting? It’s hard to say – but when the two combine it leads to a version of the Christmas story that is a long way from the normal seasonal presentation. Maurice Rose (Hugh Dennis) is the founder, scriptwriter and leading light of The Maurice ...

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Clear White Light – Live Theatre, Newcastle

Writer: Paul Sirett Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Chris Collett The main problem with Paul Sirett's Clear White Light is that it can’t decide what it wants to be. It's part mental health comedy-drama, part Gothic ghost story, part jukebox musical and part Corbyn-ist polemic on the dire state of the NHS. On their own, each of these elements have their own ...

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The Comedy About a Bank Robbery – Leeds Grand

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Tour Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mischief Theatre brings The Comedy About A Bank Robbery on tour including a stop at the Leeds Grand Theatre.  Many will know the theatre company for producing the award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong.  The comedy, written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan ...

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Benidorm Live – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Venue: Theatre Royal Plymouth Writer: Derren Litten Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Having been axed after 10 years, one of ITV’s most successful sitcoms of recent years comes to the stage for a national tour - a bit of Spanish sun in the biting October weather. The secret of Benidorm’s success is that the comedy is a throwback to ...

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