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6 Degrees Below the Horizon – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Directors: Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks Soundtrack: Hope &Social &Piotr Woycicki Reviewer: Joseph Leigh [Rating:2] imitating the dog (itd) produce an unusual performance in this internationally collaborative piece, utilising some impressive video and animation technologies to create a production that cannot truly be called cinema, nor can it be classed as simply theatre. The action is viewed on a cinematic ...

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Sing-a-long-a Grease! – Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham [rating:4] Even if you have seen Grease countless times on stage and screen nothing can quite prepare you for Sing-a-long=a Grease! The show is the ultimate karaoke party combining the two genres where the audience are encouraged to dress up and become part of the film. The evening is introduced by Sandy’s little known Sister Randy, who ...

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CD REVIEW: Les Misérables Original Motion Picture Highlights Soundtrack

Book/lyrics/music: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel-Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:2] Released on 11 January in the UK, rarely has a musical film prompted as much hype, criticism and discussion as theLes Misérables movie before even hitting our screens. With an odd sequence of a UK premiere in December, followed by a USA release on Christmas Day, along with a deluge ...

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Biding Time (remix) – The Arches, Glasgow

Writers: Louise Quinn, Bal Cooke, Ben Harrison, Pippa Bailey Director: Ben Harrison Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:4] Pop music, film and theatre often make for uncomfortable bedfellows, in Biding Time(remix), A Band Called Quinn prove that they can happily marry these different disciplines to produce a gloriously original theatrical experience. This tale of Thyme, a woman with a dream and the ...

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Leave It on the Floor – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Screenplay and lyrics: Glenn Gaylord Music: Kimberly Burse Director: Sheldon Larry Reviewer: Jenni Rymer [rating:4] The gay African-American Oliver Twist has arrived, with Beyoncé’s choreographer. Inspired by Jennie Livingston’s 1990 hit documentary Paris is Burning, award-winning director Sheldon Larry (winner of a National Endowment Award for his work with dance on film) has brought his fabulously hilarious yet moving masterpiece ...

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Paper Cinema’s Odyssey – Latitude Festival, Henham Park

Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   In an age when 3D trickery and technology often overwhelm a cinema release, it’s interesting that Paper Cinema have gone back to the drawing board, literally, to create a black and white silent film that in many ways conveys more depth than any special effects blockbuster. A team of animators and musicians set about creating ...

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NT Encore Screening: Frankenstein – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Nick Dear (Based on the novel by Mary Shelley) Director: Danny Boyle Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:4] Such was the phenomenal success of this National Theatre production staged in 2011 that the filmed version is now being re-shown to satisfy demand. National Theatre have been filling cinemas and other venues throughout the UK with their National Theatre Live performances – ...

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Dracula: The Music and Film – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Philip Glass Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [rating:4.5] At a time when a new sexy breed of vampires are filling our television and cinema screens, the Wales Millennium Centre present for one night only a wonderful opportunity to see a real classic on the big screen in Béla Lugosi’s 1931 portrayal of Dracula. Couple this with a live performance of the ...

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