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Nina Conti: Dolly Mixtures – Liverpool Playhouse

Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:4.0] With the birth of new variety in the noughties, it had to happen. Ventriloquism seems like such an old fashioned and unlikely act for a young female performer, but Nina Conti, already an established comedian and actress, created her first full-length ventriloquist show in 2007 for the Edinburgh Fringe. Conti brings a delightful contemporary twist to ...

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Crime and Punishment – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Fyodor Dostoyevsky Adaptor: Chris Hannan Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: David Noble [rating:4.5] “Indescribable grief is indescribable love”, the epiphanic valediction of our (anti) hero Raskolnikov, is the fitting end to Chris Hannan’s excellent adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. This story, or even ‘crime thriller’, is so beset by confusion and conflicting argument that it seems only logical that ...

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Melody Loses Her Mojo – Playhouse, Liverpool

Writer/Director: Keith Saha Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:1.5] In Keith Saha’s latest co-production for 20 Stories High, Liverpool Playhouse and Curve Leicester, Melody not only loses her Mojo but she also loses her way in this hotch-potch production, where the themes come faster then the expletives out of the lead characters mouth. Saha’s script follows the plight of Melody, a young ...

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Beautiful Thing – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:5] Jonathan Harvey’s coming of age tale has wrongly been labeled in the past as a “Gay Play” but Nikolai Foster’s touchingly honest revival, which is now on a short UK Tour following a sell out season in London, really affirms this touching and often funny drama as the “Urban Fairytale” ...

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Ghost the Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse

Book &Lyrics: Bruce Joel Rubin Music &Lyrics: Dave Stewart &Glen Ballard Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Francesca Parker [Rating:3.5] The 90s cult movie, Ghost, made a magical transformation from screen to stage, becoming an exceptional piece of musical theatre that premiered at the Opera House theatre, Manchester, in March 2011. Following its initial triumph and having receiving countless Tony and Olivier ...

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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Peter Nichols Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4] Nichols’ play still packs a powerful punch over 40 years since it was originally written, how to deal with looking after a disabled child is still one of the social taboos prevalent in today’s society, something which is touched upon beautifully and touchingly by director Stephen Unwin in a programme ...

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Bob Geldof – Whitley Bay Playhouse

Presenter: Tony Denton Promotions Reviewer: Anna Ambelez [rating:4.5] Bob is back producing music magic. Exhilarating, arousing, vibrant, just the thing to lift the spirits on a foggy night in Whitley Bay. Compulsive singer and songwriter, Bob Geldof is back on stage performing and so at home. Rod Pinn opens the show with several of his melodious songs including Sea and ...

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