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The Time Capsule: A Pick Your Own Adventure Play – Landor Space, London

Devisers: Kirsty Langley, Sarah Rickman and PJ Stanley Director: PJ Stanley Reviewer: Scott Matthewman A popular range of children’s books in the 1980s was the Choose Your Own Adventure series, which required the reader to make decisions at the bottom of each page that would potentially veer the story off into radically different directions. Theatre company The Juice Factory is aiming ...

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Flashdance The Musical – Brighton Theatre Royal

Writer: Tom Hedley and Robert Cary Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer:  Cathy Swaby The vibrancy, passion and rhythm of the 1980s have once again come to UK audiences in the musical production of Flashdance; a stomping show of dazzling lights, lycra and legwarmers. For those who love the original 1983 film, nostalgically remember the decade, or are lovers of films and ...

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The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer and Music: Stella Grundy Director: Iain Bloomfield Reviewer: Lucy Corley She introduces it as “a cautionary tale about a girl who wanted everything,” but Stella Grundy’s one-woman show is also a tale about the city of Manchester, and a portrait of the music industry of the 1980s. Grundy was the lead singer in 90s alternative rock band Intastella, and ...

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Bouncers – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: John Godber Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Bouncers as writer John Godber plainly puts it ‘... is about working-class Britons. It is both a warning and a celebration.’ Possibly the most famous of Godber’s plays, this evening at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre does feel like a celebration. The lively audience is happily entertained by the ‘midnight circus’ unfolding ...

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Women Laughing – Old Red Lion, London

Writer: Michael Wall Director: Teunkie van der Sluijs Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] It is the mark of a really talented writer when a difficult subject such as mental illness can be made to be not just entertaining, but downright funny. That is not to suggest that the topic is made light of – far from it – as Michael Wall’s ...

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Titus Andronicus – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director/Producer: Zoé Ford Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:3.5]   Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare's earliest and most violent plays, could be described as his first stab at tragedy (pun intended). With rape, mutilation, murder and cannibalism galore, it's no Much Ado, and is rarely performed due to the physical violence scripted in, and the visual demands of this ...

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