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Obama the Mamba – Curve, Leicester

Director: Kully Thiaral Writer: Kevin Fegan Reviewer: Karen McCandless [Rating:3] Loosely adapted from the George Hussain Obama’s autobiography Homeland, Obama the Mamba tells the story of the ‘other’ Obama brother – not the US President, but the one that lives in a Nairobi slum and is leader of his own gang of ‘Mambas’ (which means crocodile in Swahili). With a ...

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Oliver! – Curve, Leicester

Music &Lyrics: Lionel Bart Book: Lionel Bart Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Linford Butler [rating:4] Lionel Bart’s musical version of Dickens’ classic, Oliver Twist, is extremely well-known, not least for the Academy-award winning 1968 film adaptation and its long West End and Broadway runs. Curve’s new community production of Oliver! is performed by an amateur cast plucked from the local community ...

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Game Face – Curve, Leicester

Writer: The Curve Young Company Music and lyrics: Prash Gor, Milly Bianchini, George Hartop, Rae Laverick Director: Trina Haldar Reviewer: Linford Butler [rating:3.5] Inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Curve Young Company’s new piece of devised theatre, Game Face, ticks most of the right boxes. Focussing upon the five Olympic values – personal excellence, respect and friendship, inspiration, ...

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Play Without Words – Curve, Leicester

Deviser: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Music: Terry Davies Reviewer: Linford Butler [rating:4.5] Stylish, sexy and scintillating, New Adventures return once again to Matthew Bourne’s critically acclaimed Play Without Words, reviving its sixties spirit ten years after it was first performed. Set in the slick but dark atmosphere of early 1960s London, Play Without Words explores the sexual liberation of ...

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Sunflowers and Sheds – Spark Children’s Arts Festival, Curve, Leicester

Writers: Gilly Baskeyfield, Dot Wood Music and lyrics: Tayo Akinbode Directors: Gilly Baskeyfield, Dot Wood Reviewer: Linford Butler [rating:4] Simple, gentle and emotional, M6 Theatre Company’s Sunflowers and Sheds is, at its heart, a serious piece of theatre stressing the importance of human relationships and compromise, dressed in simplicity for the benefit of younger audiences. What M6 have created here ...

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Swamp Juice – Spark Children’s Arts Festival, Curve, Leicester

Devised and performed by: Jeff Achtem Music: David Henry, Nick Carver, Tristan Kelley Reviewer: Farhana Shaikh [rating:5] Performed as part of The Spark Festival’s 10th birthday, Swamp Juice is a shadow puppet menagerie devised by Montreal puppeteer Jeff Achtem. Welcome to the swamp. Achtem, dressed in purple leggings, a blazer and miniskirt (or kilt?) has something of a mad professor ...

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Fly by Night – Spark Children’s Arts Festival, Curve, Leicester

Writers: Bare Toed Dance Company Music: Ged Camille Directors: Lina Johansson, Mona McCarthy, Pady O’Connor and Gemma Paloma Reviewer: Linford Butler [rating:3] Bare Toed Dance Company’s Fly by Night works for one key reason: at its core there is a sense of conflict to which we can all relate. Focussing on bedtime, sleep and dreams, the audience is taken on ...

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