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The Stars That Remain – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Adrian Kimberlin Director: Alan Magor Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s Mothers Day, a busy day at the Hartson’s florist. In addition, it’s almost the owners’ thirtieth wedding anniversary and Ian and Viv are still as much in love as they were when they first met. Sadly, their daughters have been less lucky in love. The elder, Poppy, can’t understand ...

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Funny Faces – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Steve Dimmer Director: Rosemary Hill Reviewer: James Garrington It’s 60 years since the Carry On films first appeared on our screens with Carry On Sergeant. For many years fans waited in eager anticipation as one or often two new films were released per year, each usually with a very similar cast whose names became synonymous with the franchise – ...

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Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story – Old Joint Stock theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Stephen Dolginoff Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Chicago, May 1924. Two ferociously intelligent friends, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, commit what is then dubbed the Crime of the Century when they kidnap and kill the 14-year-old son of a wealthy citizen. When they are captured, they admit that they are driven by the thrill of killing: they ...

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An Act of Kindness – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Helena Westerman Director: Caroline Simonsen Reviewer: James Garrington “I like talking to people. I find it makes them smile. And no one ever smiles at each other in London”. Leila is a waitress in a cafe. Every day she catches the bus at the same stop. Then one day she meets a man there – Martin, a successful young ...

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The Gin Chronicles: A Scottish Adventure – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Robert Blackwood Directors: Robert Blackwood and Anthony Shrubshall Reviewer: John Kennedy Mystery/suspense/espionage! The Misfits Of London broadcast their very own subtle-as-a-blind-cobbler’s-thumb homage to the Dashiell Hammett/John Buchan late-1940s live radio show thriller genre. Imagine commercial hell inflicted upon the BBC in relentless pursuit of infiltrated plot product placement - try even harder not to. Wry, fly and unabashedly self-referencingly sly, this ...

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