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Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Dougal Irvine, from the book by Riaz Khan Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: James Garrington Football in the late 1970s and 1980s started to hit the news more often because of what was happening off the pitch rather than on it. Increasingly people went to matches specifically to fight, with seemingly little or no interest in the actual game and ...

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The Wipers Times – The Curve, Leicester

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: James Garrington “Ask yourself the following questions. Do you suffer from cheerfulness? Do you think the war will end in the next twelve months? Do you have faith in our commanders to bring the war to a successful conclusion? Optimism! Two days at our establishment will eradicate all traces of ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Douglas Day Stewart & Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Kate Prince Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Another day, yet another iconic 80s movie is adapted as a stage musical. This adaptation of An Officer and a Gentleman by Douglas Day Stewart (with Sharleen Cooper Cohen) of his own original 1982 screenplay, is a cheesy, overblown but ultimately likeable production ...

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Crazy for You – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Book: Ken Ludwig Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: James Garrington Crazy for You, as a show, has everything a traditional musical theatre enthusiast could ask for. With a rich Gershwin score full of well-known numbers, big choreographed routines, and a book full of comedy aimed at a modern audience, done well it can be a delight. ...

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George’s Marvellous Medicine – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Woods Director: Julia Thomas Reviewer: Jay Nutall We’ve all wanted to teach someone a lesson, haven’t we? Just a short, sharp shock to make them realise the error of their ways … Roald Dahl’s exciting and mischievous tale of one boy who literally gives someone a taste of their own medicine is staged with an ...

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The Secret Keeper – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Angela Clerkin Director: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J Skilbeck Reviewer: James Garrington Confession, they say, is good for the soul. What happens, though, to those who hear the secrets confessed; and may there be consequences? This is the basic premise of Angela Clerkin’s The Secret Keeper. The Doll’s House Maker has been unhappy for nine years, ever since his ...

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The Twits – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Max Webster Reviewer: John Roberts Following on from their colourful and entertaining production of Roald Dahl's The Witches,  Leicester's Curve theatre alongside Kingston's Rose Theatre have joined forces to present this hideously grotesque, yet highly enjoyable tour of Dahl's deliciously disgusting duo. Under the direction of Max Webster, Dahl's dark tale is brought vividly ...

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Calamity Jane – The Curve, Leicester

Book: Charles K Freeman Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: James Garrington When originally released in 1953, the film version of Calamity Jane was immensely popular, with a combination of good musical numbers and the casting of Doris Day and Howard Keel in the central rôles. Like the film, this production features some well-known faces: ...

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