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An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical – The Edinburgh Playhouse

Book: Douglas Day Stewart Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Dominic Corr With more cheese than a 70s fondue party, An Officer and a Gentleman is a jukebox-style music, replete with ‘bad boy’ attitudes and lovers tiffs. First attempted in 2012, thirty years after the film’s release it now has a revived life touring the UK. Would it really be any kind ...

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Summer Holiday: The Musical – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Writer: Mark Haddigan Director & Choreographer: Racky Plews Reviewer: Dominic Corr We all know the song, and love it or hate it, we can all at least sing that one single verse. Sir Cliff Richards' (and The Shadows') 1963 triumph Summer Holiday – taken from the titular film, is still a British classic. The musical, adapted from the film, sees four London ...

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Fat Friends: The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Resident Director: Craig Armstrong Writer: Kay Mellor Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald As the summer sun begins to peek out from the infinite greyness of above, the time comes to consider if our beach bodies are ready for public display. As luck would have it, someone else is watching their waistline – and they are bringing their whole family ...

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The Jungle Book – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Rudyard Kiping Adaptor: Jessica Swale Music: Joe Stilgoe Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Daryl Holden The Jungle Book is a tale that everyone experiences at some point in their younger years.  For most, it is through the Disney film of the same name, which is now arguably more well-known than the original Rudyard Kipling books. This is where The Children’s ...

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A Passage To India – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer:  E.M. Forster Adaptor:  Simon Dormandy Directors: Sebastian Armesto & Simon Dormandy Reviewer: Daryl Holden A Passage To India tries to accomplish a lot in its run time. Set in India under British occupation before the First World War, it covers topics such as racism, acceptance, love, loss, false accusations, death, togetherness and prejudice to name but a few. Therefore, ...

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A Pacifist’s Guide To The War On Cancer – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel with Kirsty Housley Music: Tom Parkinson Director: Kirsty Housley Reviewer: Daryl Holden Throughout the course of human history, there have been many wars. Although the reasons behind each usually tend to differ, in every case, each side has known who the enemy was and how to combat them. However, what do you do when ...

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Around The World in 80 Days – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Daryl Holden 125 characters, eight actors, six trains, five boats, four fights and an elephant all to get through in 80 days. Impossible? Not for Phileas Fogg and his trusted valet, Passepartout. In this truly enjoyable and faithful adaptation, Phileas Fogg (Andrew Pollard) makes an absurd wager of his entire ...

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Golem – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer and Director: Suzanne Andrade Film, Animation and Design: Paul Barritt Music: Lillian Henley Reviewer: Daryl Holden The world that 1927’s Golem portrays is one of social decline. A world where individualism leads down the path to nonexistence and consumerism inevitably ends up at the top of the food chain. By all means, it’s a story that the theatre seems ...

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