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Brassed Off – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Mark Herman Adaptor: Paul Allen Director: Conrad Nelson           Reviewer: Mel Duncan Revived in recognition of the 30-year anniversary of the 1984 miner’s strike, Brassed Off has been enjoying the limelight in performances, professional and amateur, up and down the country.  The poignant tale of a community brought to their knees by a Government not fully understanding the implications of decisions ...

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Brassed Off – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

A young man and a woman sit side by side on a bench

Writer: Paul Allen from the screenplay by Mark Herman Director: Gareth Tudor Price Reviewer: Selwyn Knight 1994. Ten years after the miners’ strike and life in the Lancashire mining village of Grimley is still, well, grim. The future of the pit is in the balance – its miners will vote on whether to accept a redundancy payout or send the ...

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Miss Nightingale – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Matthew Bugg, Conor O'Kane and Clara Darcy in Miss Nightingale

Book, Lyrics and Composer: Matthew Bugg Director: Karen Simpson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   When we look back on the Blitz now, we tend to have a romanticised view as we think of chirpy Cockneys making the best, of a capital city keeping calm and carrying on. The reality must have been quite different. Little wonder that many Londoners chose to ...

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Sleeping Beauty – CAST, Doncaster

Esther-Grace Button as Fairy Nightshade in Sleeping Beauty at CAST

Director: Kully Thiarai Writers: Matthew Bugg and Tobias Oliver Reviewer: Andrew White   It’s that time of year again for theatres all over the land to switch into Panto mode (Oh, yes it is!) and Doncaster’s CAST is no exception. In fact, the CAST Pantomime is something of a tradition – even if this is only the venue‘s third one. ...

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Miss Nightingale – CAST, Doncaster

Writer/Composer: Matthew Bugg Directors: Karen Simpson, Matthew Bugg Designer: Carla Goodman Musical Director: Matthew Bugg Reviewer: Ron Simpson Matthew Bugg’s ever-popular musical, Miss Nightingale, has just started what he insists is its final tour, running through October and then resuming at greater length in the New Year. Much of it has been re-worked, with songs left out and new songs ...

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Forever Young – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Erik Gedeon Adaptor: Giles Croft and Stefan Bednarczyk Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Paul Downham If you imagine Toy Story meets Mamma Mia then you will have a pretty good idea of how your evening watching Forever Young at the Oldham Coliseum is going to pan out. Set in the year 2050 at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre Home For Ageing ...

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Forever Young – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Erik Gedeon. (Adapted by Giles Croft and Stefan Bednarczyk) Director: Giles Croft Musical Director: Stefan Bednarczyk Choreographer: Adele Parry Reviewer: Janet Jepson It’s almost ominous, rather reminiscent of a ghost story, as a slow, heavy thudding becomes audible … but it’s only old Mr Bednarczyk hobbling in leaning heavily on his Zimmer frame. One by one he’s joined onstage ...

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Forever Young – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer: Erik Gedeon Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s visiting time at the Warwick Arts Centre Home for Ageing Thespians at a time far enough in the future for protests about fracking to be looked back on with fond nostalgia. The residents of the home are now rather infirm and under the strict hand of Sister George, a rather ...

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