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Handbagged – Oldham Coliseum, Oldham.

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Jo Newman Reviewer: Sam Lowe It is an eye-catching title, Handbagged. Meaning, a woman who verbally attacks a person or idea ruthlessly and forcefully. Margaret Thatcher was labelled “The Iron Lady”, and appeared to always speak her mind and even be pugnacious. Tonight’s comedy play is about women in power. This is an Oldham Coliseum Theatre, ...

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Handbagged – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Jo Newman Designer: Dawn Allsopp Reviewer: Ron Simpson Handbagged is a polished, civilized and sporadically very amusing entertainment based on an ingenious and appealing premise. It passes two hours stage time most pleasantly, the production is stylish, the performances witty and intelligent, but too often, for a comedy, it’s just not funny enough. Perhaps it’s too ...

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Hard Times – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptation: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Charles Dickens wrote the novel Hard Times in 1854. Set in Coketown, the North of England, he outlined the society at the time and criticised the social and economic conditions.  Northern Broadsides brings Deborah McAndrew’s colourful stage adaptation to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, as part of a UK ...

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Noises Off – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Michael Frayn Director : Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer:Michael Gray Doors and trousers, boxes and sardines. The very essence of farce is distilled in Nothing On, Robin Housemonger’s classic from the early 70s. Michael Frayn’s no less acclaimed tribute to the genre shows us the action on opening night (The Grand, Weston-super-Mare), then from backstage at an Ashton-under-Lyne matinée, one month ...

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Inherit the Wind – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Inherit The Wind – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme Writer: Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee Director: Peter Leslie Wild Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘Whar’re yuh skeered of? You was a worm once!’ A child’s jibe cuts straight to the heart of the matter in this play. In a Southern state fundamentalist community, it is ill advised to flaunt the notion of ...

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Brassed Off – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Paul Allen, based on the screenplay by Mark Herman Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s 1996 – twelve years since the miners’ strike of 1984 – and Grimley Colliery is again under threat. Despite the pit being demonstrably profitable and viable, the miners have been made, on the face of it, a very generous offer if they accept ...

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The History Boys – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5] ‘Our perspective on the past alters… Looking back, immediately in front of us is dead ground.’ It’s a tip a teacher gives potential Oxbridge scholars in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys. Perhaps nine years is still recently fresh in historical terms but, while the social landscape may have changed from ...

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Arsenic And Old Lace – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Joseph Kesselring Director: Tony Casement Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   It’s always the little old ladies you need to watch out for. And, in Aunt Abby’s and Aunt Martha’s case, if you’re offered a drink of their homemade elderflower wine you should be very afraid. The good spinsters see their rôle in Brooklyn society as easing the loneliness of ...

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