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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   It is widely accepted that a funeral or similar should be used to celebrate the life of someone rather than mourn their passing. So it is with Deborah McAndrew’s delightful An August Bank Holiday Lark set in a Lancashire mill town where talk of volunteering for World War 1 is ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Music: Conrad Nelson Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Sue Collier It is 1914. Everyone has stopped working at the mill and they are excitedly preparing for ‘Wakes Week’, the celebration of the Rushbearing Festival. The local Morris Dancing team are rehearsing for their parade through the village and the Rush Wagon is piled high with cut reeds, on ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Matthew Jackson “Keep Calm and Carry On” was the title of an unused poster in World War Two and what a play that recognises that idea. An August Bank Holiday Lark set before and during World War One shows how a rural community in Lancashire is affected by the war. As Director Barrie ...

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The Grand Gesture – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Nikolai Erdman Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: David Noble [rating:4] There is something wonderful about seeing a performance that is knowingly verbose, that revels in its use of language and has a real grasp on the construction of dialogue. Enter: The Grand Gesture, Deborah McAndrew’s interpretation of Nikolai Erdman’s 1928 play The Suicide, a play written in ...

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Beyond the Veil – Actors Studio Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Adam Sunderland Reviewer: May Mellstrom [Rating:4] Audience members at the Liverpool Actors Studio Theatre on the 13th October witnessed a rare event; The Mikron Theatre Company actually performing inside a theatre. Mikron spend the summer touring by narrowboat before hitting the roads in the autumn, with the commendable aim of making professional theatre accessible and affordable ...

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A Goverment Inspector – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [rating:4]   Gogol’s original dark masterpiece holds a mirror up to the corruption in the Russia he found himself in. Disgusted with the bureaucrats and their propensity to succeed among decent folk, the writer makes us, his audience, culpable. No matter how many continents one crosses, how much time passes (bearing ...

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A Government Inspector – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Deborah McAndrew Director and Composer: Conrad Nelson Designer: Dawn Allsopp Reviewer: Katie Lee [rating:3] ‘If you did it, deny it’ forms the translation of the motto of this small Pennine town. A Yorkshire setting, created by Deborah McAndrew, provides an intriguing holiday home for Gogol’s classic tale of corruption and bribery. After beginning his career ...

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