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Summer Holiday – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Stage Adapters: Michael Gyngell & Mark Haddigan Directors: Elizabeth Newman & Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Jay Nuttall After weeks of commuter hell in the north of England, it was a pleasure to see a crowd of people with beaming smiles desperate to board public transport at Bolton's new travel interchange. The OctagonTheatre's production of Summer Holiday may not take us beyond Bolton's ...

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The Threepenny Opera – The Octagon, Bolton

Book and Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill and Elizabeth Hauptmann Director: David Thacker   Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Adapted from John Gay’s 18th-century ballad opera, The Beggar’s Opera, Bertolt Brecht’s iconic play The Threepenny Opera traditionally offers a socialist critique to a struggling world. The latest production from The Octagon transforms the dominant themes of poverty and corruption into a ...

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Stick Man – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Julia Donaldson Adaptor: Scamp Theatre Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Emma Boswell Anybody with children under the age of five will be very familiar with the work of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, ranging from The Gruffalo through to The Smartest Giant in Town. The duo’s books are brimming with humanity and warmth and Stick Man, which tells the tale ...

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Parkway Dreams – Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Kenneth Emson Director: Ivan Cutting Musical Director: Robert Hazle Reviewer: Glen Pearce On paper Parkway Dreams, a musical about town planning may sound like a spoof. A song and dance show singing the praises of the new town movement and the charms of Welwyn Garden City, Milton Keynes or,in this case,Peterborough? In the hands of Eastern Angles, though, this ...

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Parkway Dreams – Junction, Camb

Writer: Kenneth Emson Director: Ivan Cutting Songs: Simon Egerton Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4] Another look at the recent history of Peterborough from Eastern Angles, part of the Forty Years On project. Like the glossy programme, Kenny Emson's docu-drama is stuffed with dates and statistics, and peopled by characters both real – Hezza, Maggie, Brucie, Winnie – and imagined – the ...

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