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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Terry Deary, Neal Foster Music: Matthew Scott Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Lindsay and Cameron Sykes The Birmingham Stage Company presents Barmy Britain in Darlington. Rog (Gary WIlson) and Rex (Benedict Martin) have to convince parking wardens Esmeralda (Laura Dalgleish) and Queenie (the divinely vocal Alison Fitzjohn) that Britain is Barmy or they will get a parking ticket. The audience ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Richard Bean Music: Grant Olding Original Director: Nicholas Hytner Tour Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Holly Spanner Seen by over 1 million people, One Man Two Guvnors is an English adaptation of the Italian Il Servitore di due Padroni (translated as Servant of Two Masters) originally written in 1743 by Carlo Goldoni. This is the third national tour since the ...

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Queen Coal – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Robert Shaw Cameron Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Thirty years on from the Miners’ strike in Yorkshire, the life changing effect on the families and their communities still lives on. Queen Coal explores two women’s response to events and how they reacted to the death and funeral of Margaret Thatcher. The playwright, Bryony Lavery and the director Robert ...

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Stomp – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Creator/Directors: Luke Cresswell &Steve McNicholas Reviewer: Ray Taylor Seeing Stomp is an amazing theatrical experience. It is a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy brought to life by eight extremely energetic and versatile performers (in this instance six male and two female), who go through a dazzling repertoire lasting one-and-three-quarter hours without an interval. Stomp was originally created ...

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The Kite Runner – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Adapted by Matthew Spangler from the novel by Khaled Hosseini Music: Jonathan Girling Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Janet Jepson It’s often said that one small action or in this case, lack of action, can change the course of a life, and Amir in The Kite Runner certainly proves this pearl of wisdom. He crouches in the shadows as his best ...

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Dave Spikey: Punchlines – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Dave Spikey Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Punchlines – the part of the joke that makes you laugh. The bit that twists the expected out come into something absurd or unexpected and imbues a normal scene with humour. Or as Dave Spikey points out, actually it adds humour to a scene we’ve taken as normal which really wouldn’t be: A lion ...

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The Gamblers – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Adaptation by Selma Dimitrijevic and Mikhail Durnenkov Music: Scott Twynholm Director: Selma Dimitrijevic Reviewer: Gemma Hirst If you’ve ever been recipient of fraudulent activity, then you will know that is it not one of the best of experiences that can happen to you. The Gamblers explores how the tables turn when playing a game, how addiction can take over, ...

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Collector of Tears – Washington Arts Centre

Writer: Sean Burn Director: Jackie Fielding Designer: Alison Ashton Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Tanya Sealt (played by Madeleine MacMahon) is a woman born before Shakespeare was writing, is burdened with the task of collecting the tears of those whom she has loved and admired throughout her life. She herself has never cried, and a result of this has never aged. She ...

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