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Jane Eyre – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Writer: Bryony J. Thompson, from the book by Charlotte Bronte Director: Bryony J. Thompson Reviewer: Rosella Barnes We’ve all had it. That debate about seeing an adaptation of one of your favourite novels in the form of cinema or theatre. The prospect that the narrative may be butchered into something ugly and not as you imagined. But when it’s done ...

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The Bricks of Burston – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Director: Cordelia Spence Reviewer: Karen McCandless Sometimes we need a reminder of the ‘forgotten heroes’ in history, the ones that have fought for change in our society but aren’t names that instantly spring to mind. The Bricks of Burston serves to remind us of two of these people – Tom and Annie Higden who fought to provide education to all, ...

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Anthropoetry – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Reviewed by Karen McCandless Joking around with your audience before the start of your show is a risky decision (what if they think you seem really awful and decide not to like your show based on this interaction?) But that is how Ben Mellor (Dr Ben in his white coat and stethoscope) greeted the audience at the start of his ...

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Wrong ‘Un – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Writer: Boff Whalley Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Performed a stone’s throw away from the factory where Alice Hawkins, the leader of the Leicester suffrage movement worked, Red Ladders’ new one woman musical drama is a stunning testimony to the power a script and a single actress can have: moving, amusing and intriguing; a sold-out gem of a venue ...

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Three the Hard Way – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Reviewer: Karen McCandless Never has International Women’s Day generated so many headlines across the globe as this year. It was hard to find a news outlet that didn’t run a story highlighting the progress that has been made and how far we’ve come, while underlining how far we still have to go. While comedy and performance arts itself has come ...

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Clamber Up The Crucifix – Upstairs At The Western, Leicester

Writer: John Kitchen Director: Gary Phillpott Reviewer: Rebecca Taylor A captivating play from start to finish, this will have you drawn in from the dramatic first scene. The premiere of this performance was a fascinating and enjoyable watch, keeping the audience in silence for the duration. This one man, one act play gives an honest account of life in the ...

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