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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Cheeky Chappie – The Warren: The Blockhouse

Written by: Dave Simpson Directed by: Jamie Kenna Reviewer: Simon Topping Known as The Cheeky Chappie and famed for his risque humour and sexual innuendo, Max Miller was regarded as the greatest stand-up comedian of his generation. In his heyday in the 1930s and early 40s he was breaking box office records in the variety halls and was the highest ...

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JB Shorts 20 – 53Two , Manchester

Writers: Lindsay Williams, Trevor Suthers, James Quinn, Louis Ashton-Butler, Peter Kerry, Diane Whitley, Dave Simpson. Directors: Miranda Parker, Trevor McFarlane, Alice Bartlett, Simon Naylor, Chantell Walker, Roger Haines, Reviewer: Sam Lowe It's the first time, this reviewer has attended the well-known JB Shorts nights. Six more 15 minutes plays are presented to the audience written by top TV writers. The buzz ...

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The Railway Children – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Three children sit around a basket

Writer: Dave Simpson, from the book by E Nesbit Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Edith Nesbit’s 1906 novel The Railway Children saw a step change in her writing of previous novels for children, most notably of the trilogy of books featuring the siblings who first appear in Five Children and It. Compared to the slight but fun magical adventures ...

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The Railway Children: The Lowry, Salford

four children stare at a boy lying in a railway tunnell

Writer: E Nesbitt Adaptor: Dave Simpson Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Trains, as you would expect, are a central feature of The Railway Children. It seems appropriate; therefore, that tonight there are technical glitches and the show starts late. When their father disappears under mysterious circumstances Roberta (Millie Turner), Phyllis   (Katherine Carlton) and Peter (Vinay Lad) are reduced to ...

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The Railway Children – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

four children stare at a boy lying in a railway tunnell

Writer: Edith Nesbit Adaptation: Dave Simpson Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Edith Nesbit’s 1905 tale is as quintessentially British as strawberries and cream and cucumber sandwiches. The subject of four television series, a feature film, a made for TV movie and a radio dramatisation, The Railway Children lives long in the hearts of the nation. That, and the seemingly ...

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The Railway Children – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Adaptation: Dave Simpson Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Edith Nesbit’s classic children's tale is brought to life in this new and mostly successful, adaptation. Following the disappearance of their father in mysterious circumstances and with their mother not able to provide for the family, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are forced to leave their comfortable lives in London, heading north ...

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The Golden Oldies – Royal Court, Liverpool

Ethane Browne as Beryl in The Golden Oldies

Writer: Dave Simpson Director : Bob Eaton Reviewer: John Roberts   The Golden Oldies may not re-invent the theatrical wheel, it may not have anything new to say, but what it lacks in originality it more than makes it up with a genuine sense of warmth. Adele (Ruth Alexander Rubin) heads up an over 60s community choir in a New ...

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JB Shorts 14 – Joshua Brooks, Manchester

Writers: Andrew Lynch, Perrie Balthazar, Lindsay Williams, Anita Pandolfo, Peter Kerry, Dave Simpson Directors: David Fleeshman, Lucia Cox, Miranda Parker, Paul Blinkhorn, Caroline Clegg, Alyx Tole Reviewer: Jo Beggs Once again, JB Shorts brings together TV writers with local directors and actors to create six 15- minute plays in the atmospheric cellar of the Joshua Brooks pub. The tight space ...

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