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The Threepenny Opera – The Octagon, Bolton

Book and Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill and Elizabeth Hauptmann Director: David Thacker   Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Adapted from John Gay’s 18th-century ballad opera, The Beggar’s Opera, Bertolt Brecht’s iconic play The Threepenny Opera traditionally offers a socialist critique to a struggling world. The latest production from The Octagon transforms the dominant themes of poverty and corruption into a ...

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Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis

Writer: Charlottte Jones Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis is the story of a Bolton dominatrix turning 50 and reviewing her life. As that might imply, it is a comedy. It took some minutes for the comic chemistry to connect between stage and audience, but once it did, it built steadily throughout the ...

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The Family Way (All in Good Time) – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Bill Naughton Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   The rising price of property is making acquiring a home increasingly difficult for the younger generation. Which brings an unexpected contemporary relevance to Bill Naughton’s 1966 social comedy The Family Way. The stress of residing with their in-laws Ezra (David Birrell) and Lucy Fitton (Barbara Drennan) has an unfortunate effect ...

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Hindle Wakes – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Stanley Houghton Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Hindle Wakes is a local play with a lot of history. This production captures the essence of the themes of the piece and if some of them have lost their resonance, there is still plenty here to engage an audience. The play opens with Fanny Hawthorn’s parents ruminating over her ...

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Hindle Wakes – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Stanley Houghton Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Dave Cunningham After a run of intense dramas The Octagon opts for a lighter mood with Stanley Houghton’s 1912 comedy/drama Hindle Wakes. The Hawthorn family are scandalised to learn that their unmarried daughter Fanny (Natasha Davidson) spent the wakes holiday with the son of the local mill owner. The families unite to discuss ...

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Emily Brown and the Thing – Pleasance Two, Edinburgh

Writer: Cressida Cowell &Neal Layton Adaptor: Tall Stories Music/Lyrics: Jon Fiber &Andy Shaw Director: Olivia Jacobs Reviewer: John Roberts Tall Stories return to the Fringe with the latest of their picture book page to stage adaptations with Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton's charming tale Emily Brown and the Thing. Emily Brown is a little heavier than yesterday and about the ...

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Bear – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Andy McNamee Reviewer: Stephen Bates Starting with Mr and Ms Ordinary juggling clementines and toying with each other on the orange sofa of their untidy London flat, we see images of a blissful young world into which nothing nasty would ever be likely to intrude. And then the couple discover that the woman is about to give ...

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Peter Pan – The Octagon, Bolton

Writer: Elizabeth Newman and Incubate Project Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [Rating: 3.5] Director and Head Writer Elizabeth Newman and the team from the Octagon’s Incubate project have adapted J. M. Barrie’s most famous of plays, Peter Pan for the theatre’s Christmas festivities. Set in the 1950’s rather than the 1900’s that’s where the reworking seems to end. Peter’s ...

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