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Of Mice and Men – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4.5] John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ is one of those stories that an awful lot of people are already familiar with. It seems to be a favourite for high school English lessons, so to breathe new and exciting life into an already established story can be quite the challenge. Luckily, ...

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Our Country’s Good – Birmingham Rep @ The Old Rep

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Jenny Antill [Rating:4] Our Country’s Good is the latest offering from acclaimed theatre company, Out of Joint. Based on The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally, Timberlake Wertenbaker has created a very interesting script. The production centres around Lieutenant Ralph Clarke who, after much uproar from his colleagues, puts on a play starring convicts at ...

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I’m Frank Morgan – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Joe O’Byrne Director: Ian Curley Reviewer: Brian Gorman [Rating:4.5] Bolton-based Actor/writer Joe O’Byrne’s one man play, ‘I’m Frank Morgan’, was written a decade ago, and is the first in the ongoing series of plays located on the fictional northern England estate of Paradise Heights. You may have seen the subsequent works such as ‘Rank’, ‘The Bench’, or his most ...

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Our Country’s Good – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Jimmy Mac [rating:5] "Theatre leads to threatening theory" By hook or by crook, Out of Joints co-production with the Octagon Theatre Bolton marks a 24 year anniversary for Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good. Originally performed in 1988, the text to varying degrees is a play within a play within a play. Based on ...

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:5] Due to the success of the film ‘Little Voice’, starring some of the best British acting talent, a lot of the British public are familiar with this great play. It had a short lived West end revival a few years ago, starring X Factor reject Diana Vickers, and is going ...

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The Queen of the North – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Ron Rose Director: Elizabeth Newman: Reviewer: Jo Beggs [rating:2]   Manchester’s always been full of them. Tough northern matriarchs who shout loud for what they believe in. From Emmeline Pankhurst to Elsie Tanner. The woman that Prime Minister James Callaghan called “the sexiest thing on television” was, for a generation of Britains, the embodiment of the working-class north. Full ...

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