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Invincible – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Invincible - Graeme Brookes, Kerry Bennett, Alastair Whatley - (c) Jack Ladenburg

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Christopher Harper Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? The Original Theatre Company seeks to look at that question in Invincible. Take Emily, our irresistible force. She has enjoyed all the benefits of being well-off and middle-class. She is able to indulge her passion for painting and her extreme left-wing ...

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Invincible – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The company of Original Theatre's Invincible

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Chris Harper Reviewer: Michael Gray Social class is at the heart of much British comedy. Ayckbourn, in particular, is master of the awkwardness, the inferiority complex, the snobbishness and the culture clash. Torben Betts' play mines much the same seams. A bourgeois couple has downsized, thanks to the recession, from London to the terra incognita of ...

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Get Carter – The Lowry, Salford

Image by Topher McGrillis

Writer: Ted Lewis Adaptor: Torben Betts Director : Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Newcastle Noir is now a well-established crime writing festival. Back in the early 1970’s the term was applied to the iconic film starring Michael Caine in a pulp fiction classic set in post-industrial Tyneside. Jimmy Nail meets Claude Chabrol in a Sarah Lund jumper… Sort of. This ...

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Get Carter – CAST, Doncaster

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Writer: Torben Betts Adapted from: Jack’s Return Home by Ted Lewis Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Ron Simpson To most people Get Carter calls to mind violent scenes in iconic settings, whether multi-storey car park or industrial wasteland by the Tyne. However, Torben Betts and Lorne Campbell, while keeping the title and location of the film, have based Northern Stage’s adaptation ...

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Invincible – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

The company of Original Theatre's Invincible

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Christopher Harper Reviewer: Ann Bawtree The Original Theatre Company has brought a new play Invincible by Torben Betts in a co-production with the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds to Guildford as part of an extended UK tour. Four actors, Kerry Bennett, Emily Bowker, Graeme Brookes, and Alastair Whatley play respectively two couples, Oliver and Emily, Dawn ...

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Invincible – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

The company of Original Theatre's Invincible

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Christopher Harper Reviewer: Glen Pearce   “There is no such thing as society," declared Margaret Thatcher in 1987. Twenty-five years later and the current Conservative Government is all about celebrating the ‘Big Society’. The country is in a party mood, The Diamond Jubilee, The Olympic Games and The European Cup are stirring up flag-waving, patriotic fervour ...

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Get Carter – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Rachel Watson Intense, gritty, tenacious, fantastic – these are just some of the words you could use to describe Northern Stage's production of Torben Betts’ Get Carter. The two and a half hour play is based on Ted Lewis’ novel Jack’s Return Home, the inspiration for both this play and the 1971 film. ...

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NEWS: Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds unveils Spring season

The cast of Land of Our Fathers

It may have celebrated its 50th anniversary since re-opening, but the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, the country’s only surviving working Regency playhouse, shows no sign of slowing down as is launches its Spring 2016 season. Drama features heavily in the programme, with Michael Morpurgo’s An Elephant In The Garden, Rattigan’s Flare Path and Torben Bett’s Invincible among the visiting ...

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