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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Play Time – The Warren: Studio 2

Writers and performers: Matt Zeqiri and Oliver Neck Director: Sarah Thomas Reviewer: Glen Pearce "Out of the mouths of babes," the saying goes but what if our nine-year-old selves had adult heads on their small shoulders? That's some Of Mice Theatre explore in their offbeat but charming comedy Play Time. Young Elton, aged nine is something of the school loner, nerdish ...

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Dave Spikey – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Dave Spikey performed his first stand-up show in 1987 while working as a biomedical scientist at Bolton General Hospital. He tells the three-quarter full Quay Theatre that tonight's show is the story of his career. A tale of how he got from that point 30 years ago, to where he is now via winning The Best Newcomer ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Sexiety – The Marlborough Theatre

Writers and performers: Anne Gehring, Vera Ketelaars, Gian van Grunsven Music: Mark Nieuwenhuis Director: Tatiana Partly Reviewer: Glen Pearce We Brits are somewhat reserved when it comes to talking about sex so perhaps what we need are three Dutch women, tow actresses and a journalist to coerce us to think about our sexual well being. And that's exactly what Anne ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL: Maestro – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Kieran Hodgson in Maestro

Writer and performer: Kieran Hodgson Reviewer: Glen Pearce A grating, raspy, just so slightly out of tune violin rendition of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy is a shaky start, but don’t be fooled, Kieran Hodgson is anything but a rusty violinist. Maestro, his one-man narrative through teenage geekdom to early 20s relationships turns out to not only to be an ode ...

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Mamma Mia! – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson Writer: Catherine Johnson Director:  Phyllida Llloyd Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mamma Mia! has been going strong in the West End since 1999 and has toured extensively worldwide. There has also been a film production (2008) starring Meryl Steep, Pierce Brosman, Colin Firth and Julie Walters.  The story has been shared to many fans ...

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Shirley Valentine – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Dominic Corr The mark of a truly unique performance of a Willy Russell classic is offering up freshness. In some cases, watching one performance of Shirley Valentine will be similar, if not identical to the next. Jodie Prenger, however, offers up her original interpretation of Shirley. This is the key to this revival's ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Greatest Liar in all the World – The Warren Main House

The Greatest Liar in all the World

Reviewer: Simon Topping Bursting onto the stage, a two-bit mentalist act and band of assistants try and raise enthusiasm in the crowd. It is not forthcoming. Feeling the need to end it all, the world-weary impresario attempts the “two-inch bullet catch”. But, just as he is about to pull the trigger, is persuaded by his companions to tell the story ...

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