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The Lovely Bones – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bryony Lavery from the book by Alice Sebold Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Susie Salmon is a typical fourteen-year-old on the cusp of womanhood, not quite a child, not quite grown up, even if she has had her first kiss with Ray Singh. But Susie is very different to most fourteen-year-olds: Susie was brutally raped and murdered by ...

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The Lovely Bones – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Alice Sebold Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Melly Still Reviewer: John Roberts Alice Sebold’s gripping and award-winning novel The Lovely Bones, has finally been turned into a stage adaptation and here in this world premiere production, Director Melly Still and Adaptor Bryony Lavery have created a piece of theatre which taps into the heart of the novel and brings a ...

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The Lovely Bones – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Bryony Lavery from the book by Alice Sebold Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Nicole Craft Susie Salmon, 14, Pennsylvania, is dead. Having been violently raped and murdered by a neighbour, she is faced with the choice of crossing over into ‘her’ heaven or remaining in an in-between world where she can see the life she leaves behind. An amusingly stroppy ...

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The Wind In The Willows – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The cast of Wind In The Willows at Mercury Theatre

Writer: Kenneth Grahame Book: Willis Hall Music and Lyrics: Rebecca Applin Director: Matthew Cullum Reviewer: Glen Pearce Twenty-six years ago, The National Theatre used all its stage technology to stage a visually thrilling stage adaptation of The Wind In The Willows. This summer, Colchester’s Mercury Theatre pulls off an equally stunning production, albeit on a fraction of the National’s budget. ...

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Private Lives – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Private Lives - Mercury Theatre Colchester

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Michael Gray   “Quite amusing. A bit dated.” That was a soundbite in the rush to the bar after Act Two. Possibly the same gentleman who was gently snoring during the quieter Deauville scenes. I hope he stayed (awake) to see stuffy, “I’m glad I’m normal”, Prynne kissed unexpectedly on the lips… Despite ...

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

A wardrobe in the mist

Writer: C.S. Lewis Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Director: Rachel O’Riordan Composer: Conor Mitchell Musical Director: Gareth Wyn Griffiths Based on C.S. Lewis’ traditional first instalment of The Chronicles of Narnia, Theresa Heskin’s stage adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe tells the tale of four siblings who discover the magical lands of Narnia, stumbling through the infamous wardrobe and ...

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James And The Giant Peach – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Roald Dahl – adapted by David Wood Director: Matthew Cullum Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Michael Gray   Trina Bramman’s beautifully realised set has the giant peach stone at its core, and around it the Big Apple, suggested by trees made of lamp posts and street signs. Television screens are put out with the rubbish; an accordion lies waiting ...

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Latitude Festival: The Itinerant Music Hall

Director: Jessica Edwards Reviewer: Paul Couch   It’s a strange beast, Vaudeville. It officially declined with the introduction of cinema in the 1930s. There was no great battle of cultures, however, it was a simply a case that public appetites changed and the silver screen got a foothold onto the music hall stage, slowly sweeping aside the live performers. In ...

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