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The Static – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Davey Anderson Director/Choeographer: Neil Bettles Reviewer: Clare Boswell [Rating:4] The Static by ThickSkin Theatre Company was a resounding success at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival receiving a string of 4 and 5 star reviews. The company have now embarked on a nationwide tour and have still managed to maintain the energy and momentum that appealed to audience members and ...

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Jigsy – Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Tony Staveacre Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:3.5] Comedy is a very serious business. And for comedians it can be a seriously lonely business.So it is for Jigsy a fading club comedian whose need to perform has estranged him from his family and left him clutching at straws and pints of mild. Les Dennis is quite at home ...

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Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down – The Lantern Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Richard Cameron Director: Ruth Carney Music: Andrew Griffiths Reviewer Sheila Stratford [Rating:4.5] The intimate Lantern Theatre is the perfect venue for this one act play. You feel the characters are revealing to you personally their experiences and anxieties as they grow into young womanhood. This critically acclaimed play with an enigmatic title, demands attention from the start. Numerous characters ...

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Driving Miss Daisy – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Alfred Uhry Director: David Esbjornson Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] Set in Atlanta in the 1950s and 60s, Driving Miss Daisy is a cleverly written and heartfelt piece about the relationship between two seemingly opposite characters thrown together by circumstance. Daisy Werthan, an affluent Jewish woman, is battling to maintain her independence as she grows older and is no longer ...

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Blood Brothers – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Willy Russell Producer: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Karen McCandless [Rating:4.5] Since making its debut in 1983, Blood Brothers has become one of the nation’s best loved musicals. Penned by Willy Russell, the musical is currently playing at Birmingham Hippodrome for a two-week stop over. Multi-award winning and highly-rated there was much excitement pre-show about this performance, with many, many repeat ...

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Our Country’s Good – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker (based on the book by Thomas Keneally) Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:4.5] Our Country’s Good may have premiered nearly 25 years ago, but it is easy to see why this revival seems apt, in these times of cutbacks and austerity. With funding to the arts being questioned at every turn, here is a play that ...

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Total Football – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: David Woods&Jon Haynes Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:3.5] Created and written by the performers, the Ridiculusmus theatre company’s production of Total Football is a mischievous commentary on the nation’s obsession with football and a satirical look at its part in our personal and national identities. The play starts with an ironic snapshot of the multinational aspects of every day life ...

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White Rabbit Red Rabbit – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Nassim Soleimanpour Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4] Any evening in the theatre is a unique event. But this show is remarkable in that it is being performed by a different actor for each of its five nights. And that actor will know nothing of the piece before arriving on stage – each page he turns will bring fresh surprises, new ...

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