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Abigail’s Party, The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Pete Benson At the opening of Abigail's Party, we are outside a 1970s suburban house looking in through the window creating the feeling that we are voyeurs. The window flies out, the house opens up, revealing a sitting room with a blond wood and faux leather furniture décor. The larger than life Beverly is ...

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Rocky Horror Show – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Rocky Horror Show - Diana Vickers (Janet) and Liam Tamne (Frank-N-Furter) in Bed

Book, Lyrics and Music: Richard O'Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Of all the musicals on tour at the moment, The Rocky Horror Show is the one that needs no introduction. Richard O’Brien’s sexually charged tribute to 1950s B-movie sensibility, infused with liberal applications of gender-challenging glam rock, is one of the rare items of popular culture that happily ...

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Goodnight Mr Tom – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Patrick Troughton in Goodnight Mr Tom

Writer: Michelle Magorian adapted byDavid Wood Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman David Wood has been writing plays for children for decades, with over 70 titles to his credit and a reputation for creating works that resonate at levels far deeper than much work for young audiences. All that experience is brought to the fore with Goodnight Mister Tom, a ...

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Tom: A Story of Tom Jones – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Kit Orton 'Tom' and 'The Senators'. in Tom: A Story of Tom Jones

Writer: Mike Jame Director: Geinor Styles Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It’s not unusual for a pop act’s back catalogue to be plundered to create an biographical jukebox musical. The West End currently has three in play – Sunny Afternoon, Beautiful and Jersey Boys (four if you also count Motown, five with the non-narrative Thriller Live). So Theatr Na Nóg’s idea of ...

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Die Fledermaus – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Die Fledermaus

Music: Johan Strauss II Libretto: C. Huffier and Richard Genee, translated by Ruth and Thomas Martin Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Vasyl Vasylenko Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Strauss’s light operetta Die Fledermaus is widely regarded as one of the finest comedic works in the operatic canon. The setup, which engineers all the principal characters introduced in Act I into attending the same ...

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Tap Factory – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Tap Factory dancers

Choreographer and Director:Vincent Pausanias Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is a style of theatrical performance that defies categorisation. Typified by the long-running West End showStomp, such shows are not quite dance shows, not quite musical performances – perhaps ‘choreographed percussion’ might be the closest one comes. And that’s the category to whichTap Factorymost closely aligns itself, using an industrial setting to ...

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Contact – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Roz Wyllie Director: Stephen Rayne Reviewer: Pete Benson Following on from the tremendous success of Bravo 22 Company’s Charlie F is this newly devised play, Contact. It is one of a series of regional projects telling the invisible military stories obscured behind the media version of service life. It is one part therapy, one part education, but mostly it ...

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The Cat in the Hat – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Dr Seuss adapted by Katie Mitchell Director: Lillie Collier Reviewer: Pete Benson The Cat in the Hat is a live version of the book of the same name. Theodor Geisel, better known under the pen name Dr. Seuss, wrote the book in 1957 in response to a perceived ineffectiveness of the then crop of available learning to read books. ...

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