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In the Willows – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Book: Poppy Burton-Morgan  Lyrics: Keiran Merrick and Poppy Burton-Morgan  Music: Pippa Cleary and Keiran Merrick  Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Kenneth Grahame’s beloved children’s novel The Wind in the Willows has had many visits to the theatre before, with at least eleven distinct stage adaptations, from A A Milne’s Toad of Toad Hall, via a National Theatre adaptation by ...

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In the Willows – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book and Lyrics: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music: Pippa Cleary Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music and Lyrics: Keiran Merck Designer: William Reynolds Reviewer: Gareth Davies Kenneth Grahame might very well be spinning in his grave. Which needn’t be a bad thing, if he takes his moves from the dance battle which marks the decisive climax of this hip-hop treatment of his pastoral children’s ...

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In The Willows – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music: Pippa Cleary and Keiran Merrick Lyrics: Keiran Merrick and Poppy Burton-Morgan Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Nicole Craft Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, like it or loathe it, certainly fits the bill of ‘Classic Children’s Novel’. First published well over a hundred years ago yet still many-a-child’s bedtime story memory, a reimagining of any nature is ...

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The Little Mermaid –Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer, Lyrics & Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music: Matt Devereaux Choreographer: Laura Kriefman Reviewer: Francesca Parker After the success of Metta Theatre’s, The Jungle Book, the hype surrounding their latest work was tangible and the performance eagerly anticipated. The Little Mermaid – Circus Spectacular had finally arrived at a relatively full house at Exeter Northcott as part of their UK tour. ...

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The Jungle Book – Birmingham Hippodrome

A dancer hangs in front of a red background

Choreographer: Kendra J Horsburgh Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: John Kennedy The company’s name – Metta, playing on meta-theatre – is teasing and naughtily succinct. Boldly going beyond – getting it out there – giving it up on to the streets. Break-dancing down the fourth-wall, reimagining it as a liberating, multi-media, graffiti splashed, canvas carnival of anthropomorphic animals let loose. And with gob-smack, ...

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Jungle Book – Northcott, Exeter

Original writer: Rudyard Kipling Adaptor and Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Choreographer: Kendra J. Horsburgh Reviewer: Lucy Corley   At last: a show for young teenagers that doesn’t talk down to them. Metta Theatre’s Jungle Book has appeal for all ages, but its refreshing mix of hip-hop, circus, rap and street dance seems sure to be a hit with the 9-14 age ...

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The King of Tiny Things – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward Adapted and Directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Clare Howdon   Metta Theatre’s The King of Tiny Things is currently touring the UK until November and is an adaptation of the award-winning story by authors Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward. It tells the tale of two sisters and their night-time encounter with a mysterious winged ...

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NEWS: Royal Exchange, Manchester: Theatre Studio season autumn/winter 2012

Following a fantastic start to 2012, with plays by Sarah Kane, Philip Ridley and Dennis Kelly, theRoyal Exchange Studio had set itself a tough challenge to keep audiences excited for the rest of theyear. They have certainly outdone themselves, with a varied selection of comedy, drama, music andchildren’s shows. The centrepiece of the new season is Black Roses: The Killing ...

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