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Little Miss Sunshine: A Road Musical – The Alexandra, Birmingham

Book: James Lapine Music and Lyrics: William Finn Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Hoover family is one dysfunctional family. As the programme notes suggest, while the characters may seem to have little in common they are glued together by that single familial bond.  Olive Hoover is the youngest family member. She’s bullied at school and harbours dreams of ...

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Little Miss Sunshine – A Road Musical at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: James Lapine Music/Lyrics: William Finn Director: Mehmet Ergen Designer: David Woodhead Musical Director: Arlene McNaught Reviewer: Ron Simpson Little Miss Sunshine is a sort of jollier Grapes of Wrath for the 21 st century. The hint is there in the family name “Hoover” – the Joads in Steinbeck’s classic spend time in squalid Hoovervilles, named for President Hoover. The ...

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Little Miss Sunshine: A Road Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: James Lapine Music and Lyrics: William Finn Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The epitome of dysfunctional, the Hoover family travel 800 miles from Albuquerque, New Mexico in grandpa’s beaten up VW camper van to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, so the youngest member of the clan, the unlikely Olive, can compete. So goes William ...

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Little Miss Sunshine – The Lowry, Salford

Book/Lyrics: James Lapine Music/Lyrics: William Finn Writer: Michael Arndt Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Jo Beggs Nobody expected the quirky US 2006 road movie to be the massive success it turned out to be. A struggle to get made, a small budget, and with a location shifted from one end of the country to the other, it could so easily have ...

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Little Miss Sunshine: A Road Musical – The Arcola Theatre, London

Book: James Lapine Music and Lyrics: William Finn Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Maryam Philpott William Finn’s adaptation of Little Miss Sunshine promises much, wacky scenarios, a loveable misfit family and the most musical of themes, self-belief. And while no one likes to be upstaged, the success of Finn’s production, receiving its European premiere at the Arcola Theatre, relies on the glittering ...

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Richard III – Arcola Theatre, London

Man in crown, woman in dark top

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Richard III is a man everyone feels they know, or at least have an opinion about. For a King who reigned for only two years, his fame must largely be due to William Shakespeare’s dramatisation of his adult life. The picture painted in the play may or may not be historically ...

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Clarion – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Mark Jagasia Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Newspapers, do they reflect the news or make it? This has become a pertinent question since the recent controversies over phone hacking that shed new light on seamier journalistic practices. What is the balance between the dearly held freedom of the press and the potential consequences of the way it ...

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Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of a Massacre – Arcola Theatre, London

Director: Mehmet Ergen Writer: Anders Lustgarten Reviewer: Scott Stait   In December 2011, a tragic chapter in the ‘war on terror’ saw 34 civilians murdered in a drone strike. Taking their usual smuggling route across the Turkish-Iraqi border the unarmed men, some as young as 14, were targeted by a Predator drone and taken out. Shrapnelexplores the explosive narrative surrounding ...

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