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Glory – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Nick Ahad Director: Rod Dixon Designer: Eleanor Bull Fight Director/Choreographer: Kevin McCurdy Reviewer: Ron Simpson Jim Glory, a former wrestling star, owns a rundown gym, Glory’s Gym (Get the pun? There are plenty of those, both silly and serious). He needs money to pay the mortgage and keep the gym open and has the opportunity of entering one of ...

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The Damed United – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Anders Lustgarten (adapted from David Peace book) Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Joan Phillips If you are a certain age and if ‘the beautiful game’ is, as Bill Shankly put it, ‘more important than life or death’ then this is a play for you. Based on David Peace’s eponymous novel, The Damned United is the story of Brian Clough’s doomed ...

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The Damned United – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Anders Lustgarten Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Jay Nuttall I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one. Just one of many quotes from the bullish, brash and brazen football manager Brian Clough. The Damned United charts the turbulent 44 days he found himself in charge of high flying Leeds United ...

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The Damned United – Shaw Lane Sports Club, Barnsley

Poster image for The Damned United

Writer:  Anders Lustgarten Original author: David Peace Director: Rod Dixon Set & Projection Designer: Nina Dunn Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Coming in from a snowy evening in Barnsley, the audience for this three-handed analysis of departed genius stepped into the white heat of one of football’s most bizarre and enduring controversies: the appointment of Brian Clough, Old Big ‘Ead himself, to ...

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The Shed Crew – Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds

Writer: Kevin Fegan Book: Bernard Hare Director: Rod Dixon Designer: Ali Allen Reviewer: Ron Simpson Red Ladder’s production of The Shed Crew in the Albion Electric Warehouse is a remarkable evening of what Rod Dixon terms “immersive” theatre. It works brilliantly on its own terms, but a doubt remains as to the clarity of story-telling for those unfamiliar with the ...

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Peter Pan – Alexander’s, Chester

Writer: J.M. Barrie Adaptor: Andy Byron Director: Dan Meigh &Bryony Thomas Reviewer: Brian Gorman [Rating:5] I love the Off The Ground Theatre company, and it’s been my great pleasure and privilege to see many of their exuberant outdoor productions over the years. Operating a strong youth policy, the company never fails to unearth new young talent, mixing with a few ...

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