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Funny Faces – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Steve Dimmer Director: Rosemary Hill Reviewer: James Garrington It’s 60 years since the Carry On films first appeared on our screens with Carry On Sergeant. For many years fans waited in eager anticipation as one or often two new films were released per year, each usually with a very similar cast whose names became synonymous with the franchise – ...

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Joan Armatrading: The 2018 Tour – Town Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy The one time Brummie school-girl, now international journey-woman chanteuse, savant of stealth Folk driving bluesy, jazz-fusioned reggae with a samba slant, celebrates her latest album Not Too Far Away, the nineteenth in a have-guitar-will-travel forty-six-year career of multiple-award-winning singer-songwriting. The Town Hall welcome is rafter-threatening, her smile an explosion of modest delight. It’s showcase time. Ten songs ...

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Pop Music – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Have you ever heard a few bars of a song and been immediately transported back in time to your younger self, with all your youthful aspirations, emotions and insecurities to boot? G and Kayla have. During an evening at a wedding reception, Kayla and G meet and strike up a friendship ...

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Meek – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Penelope Skinner Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: John Kennedy Sharing similarities with the oppressive dystopian State versus the rebellious heroine tropes of The Crucible, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hunger Games, Penelope Skinner’s unnamed Scandinavian setting is a post-conflict police/priest state mandated by ultra-orthodox Christian dogma. All are answerable to The Disciples. Thought-crimes of the soul - blasphemy - are punishable by stoning to death. The ...

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Disenchanted! – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Dennis T. Giacino Director: Jez Luckins Reviewer: Selwyn Knight After being nominated for numerous off-Broadway awards, Disenchanted! has been licensed for worldwide performance and now enjoys its Birmingham première from Third from the Right Productions. …. and they all lived happily ever after. The stock ending to fairytales after the Prince finds his true love and they are ...

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast-moving, farcical piece of nonsense that has the audience laughing almost from the very start. Ostensibly a send-up of the heist movie, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery includes such stalwarts of Mischief Theatre’s style as slick visual gags, ...

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The Full Monty: The Musical – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Book: Terence McNally Music and Lyrics: David Yazbek Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s hard to believe that it’s over 20 years since the film, The Full Monty, burst onto cinema screens, telling the story of a group of Sheffield steelworkers made redundant from the only living they’d ever known. In 2000, the action was moved to Buffalo, NY for ...

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Madagascar – The Musical, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Kevin Del Aguila Music and Lyrics: Geoge Noriega and Joel Someillan Director: Kirk Jameson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Marty the zebra and his friends have it pretty good in Central Park Zoo. But on Marty’s tenth birthday a mid-life crisis has hit him. After talking to a commando unit of penguins who are plotting their escape to Antarctica, he hankers after the wild, albeit ...

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