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The Falcon’s Malteser – The Vaults, London

Writer: Anthony Horowitz Adaptor: Feargus Woods Dunlop Director: Lee Lyford Reviewer: Margarita Shivarova Based on Anthony Horowitz’s novel, this stage adaptation by New Old Friends originally produced in 2014 takes the audience on a journey of solving perhaps the toughest detective case Timothy and Nick Simple have ever come across. But don’t let this surname lead to premature conclusions about the ...

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Finding Joy – mac, Birmingham

Writer and Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Joy is 83. She loves to dance, has a wicked sense of humour, knows what she wants … and is suffering from dementia. Her daughter is struggling to care for her. Danny, Joy’s grandson, a typical teen, hangs around street corners with his mates, watches the football and enjoys the occasional spliff. Then one ...

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Crimes under the Sun – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Feargus Woods Dunlop Director: James Farrell Reviewer: Claire Hayes Returning to the Ustinov for the beginning of the Crimes Under the Sun UK tour, New Old Friends have really honed their brand of comedic Golden Age murder mystery. This third instalment of their Crimes capers, while conjuring up a classic mix of the bygone age of Agatha Christie and Noel Coward, has a ...

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The Best Thing – The Lighthouse, Poole

Vamos Theatre in The Best Thing

Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Sophie Huggins With a stage full of hair rollers, block colour and crackling records, it is a natural instinct and instant pleasure to be swept along to the world of the swinging sixties in this vibrant production. Full mask theatre company, Vamos Theatre energetically tell a story of youth, sex and consequence in extremely surprising ways. ...

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Oliver! – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Book, Music and Lyrics: Lionel Bart Director: Christopher Elmer-Gorry Reviewer: Claire Going Bart’s beloved adaptation of Dickens’ classic novel is a firm favourite with young and old alike, and a stock production for youth theatres across the globe.  It is, therefore, a challenge for any theatre company to produce an Oliver! that is both distinctive and freshly entertaining, but the Royal ...

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The Best Thing – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer and Director: Rachel Savage Reviewer : Joan Phillips The Best Thing is a reminder that you can only be so nostalgic about ‘the 60s’. The exciting and explosive changes in fashion and pop music are well documented, but changes in society’s behaviours, codes and taboos drag behind. Writer and director Rachel Savage reminds us of what happened, on so ...

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The Best Thing – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Vamos Theatre in The Best Thing

Writer/Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Michael Gray   Masks are a very ancient theatrical tradition. Today, that tradition is kept alive by Vamos “the UK's leading full mask theatre company”. This bittersweet tale of the permissive society, social stigma and a love-child lost is brilliantly brought to life by four performers and many more masks. The scenery – designer Carl Davies ...

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The Best Thing – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Vamos Theatre in The Best Thing

Writer and Director: Rachael Savage Composer: Janie Armour Reviewer: Dan English   It is a visit back to the swinging sixties for the Marlowe Studio in Canterbury as Vamos Theatre bring their heartbreaking new production, The Best Thing. The talented masked company, directed by Rachael Savage, tell the story of Susan, who is caught up in the free love spirit ...

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