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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Deborah McAndrew

Deborah McAndrew is best known in Yorkshire for her multitude of successful plays for two companies: Northern Broadsides (most recently last year’s award-winning An August Bank Holiday Lark) and Mikron Theatre Company. The Public Reviews’ Ron Simpson talks to her about her next play One of Each, which opens at Mikron’s Marsden Mechanics base on 2nd May 2015. How did ...

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Ugly Duck- The New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer/Director: Deborah McAndrew Reviewer: Matthew Jackson A local play for local people, that sums up Deborah McAndrew’s new production in 6 words. Set in an old Potteries in Burslem, Stoke on Trent. Ugly Duck invites the audience to look into the life of Kat – a young amateur artist, who decides she wants to paint a new canvas portrait of ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Ruth Lovett This uplifting yet tragic tale is set against the outbreak of World War One and its eventual effect on a small Lancashire mill town; steeped in tradition where the locals work hard but also know how to celebrate when the opportunity arises. Membership of the local Morris Men side is almost ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First Word War; fittingly, 2014 is also the 50th anniversary of the publication of Philip Larkin’s famously stirring poem MCMXIV, in which lines of volunteers queuing up to enlist are said to be “Grinning as if it were all / An ...

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WHATS HOT – Week beginning Monday 12th May 2014

Miss Saigon – Prince Edward Theatre, London The heat is back on in London’s West End as the newly announced British billionaire Sir Cameron Mackintosh lands his 25th anniversary production of Boubil and Schonberg’s Miss Saigon. Based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly this tragic and epic musical re-envisions Puccini’s opera during the Vietnam War. Directed by Laurence Connor – the same ...

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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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Accidental Death of an Anarchist – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Writer: Dario Fo Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Jo Beggs You could say that this is a timely revival. But, sad to say, there’s never been a time in over forty years of this play’s life that it hasn’t been topical. Written in response to the bungled interrogation of a bombing suspect in Milan, Dario Fo’s 1970 satire ...

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