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The Legend of Mike Smith – Birmingham REP

Music and Lyrics: Soweto Kinch Director and choreographer: Jonzi D Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] Soweto Kinch’s 2013 album, The Legend of Mike Smith, is brought to loud and ambitious life in this inaugural production in the new Studio, shared by Birmingham REP and the impressive new Library of Birmingham. Kinch is a locally based REP patron, so an obvious choice ...

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Nicola Benedetti – The Silver Violin – Brighton Dome, Brighton

Performer: Nicola Benedetti Reviewer : Steve Turner [Rating: 4]   Reflecting the appeal of one of classical music’s brightest stars, last night’s concert at the Brighton Dome was played in front of an enthusiastic audience with a wide age range. Ostensibly the same tour began earlier this year to promote her most recent recording, the concert featured a first half ...

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The Three Phantoms – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Musical Director: Anthony Gabriel Director: Earl Carpenter Reviewer: Catherine Lewis [rating:4] The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton is the perfect setting for a “night at the opera”. The plush surroundings and opulent decor all add to the magical atmosphere. The Three Phantoms, Matthew Cammelle, Stephen John Davis and Glyn Kerslake, do not disappoint, each giving strong individual performances and as they come ...

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Brand New Ancients – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Kate Tempest Reviewer: Andrew Latimer [rating:4.5] It was surprising to spot Kate Tempest in the pages of the Traverse Fringe brochure. This once underground spoken word artist has now rocketed to national fame, playing to packed out audiences of real variety: veteran theatre-goers and low-waist hipsters alike. The soulfully titledBrand New Ancientsseems to have found a new home in ...

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Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Marina Spark [rating:5] The Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers herald themselves as leaders in theirfield, taking this ancient form of Japanese drumming and bringing itinto the 21st century with an up to date contemporary look and sound. They achievethis with aplomb; astounding and mesmerising their audiences withtheir signature skill, stamina and style. The energy and force that they bringto this incredible ...

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Anthropoetry – C Nova, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Ben Mellor Music: Dan Steele Reviewer: Glenys Mclaren [Rating:4] Ben Mellor has been a challenging winner of BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam and appears here as Doctor Ben.Anthropoetry,an amalgam of his “list of unwritten poems” has evolved from Anthropometry, an arcane study of the measurements and parameters of the human body. As the audience enters he takes ...

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Peter Straker’s Brel – Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh

Writer: Kevin Short Director: Kevin Short Reviewer: Robin Winters [Rating:5] Peter Straker delivers an outstanding performance in this hour long tribute to singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. The show is not merely a celebration of the works of Brel but rather a celebration of Straker’s life-long love affair with the music of the Belgian star. Straker first came to fame as Hud ...

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Biding Time (Remix) – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Ben Harrison Writer: Louise Quinn/Bal Cooke/Ben Harrison/Pippa Bailey Reviewer: Hannah Rowlands [Rating:3.5] Now that music as a product has been made redundant, live performance has reclaimed its rightful place as music’s home. Which makes the concept behind Biding Time (remix) seem necessary; a hybrid between a gig and theatre, devised by a Band called Quinn, fronted by the ridiculously ...

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