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Up ‘n’ Under – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: John Godber Director: Jeni Draper Reviewer: James Garrington John Godber wrote Up ‘N’ Under as an attempt to recreate the famous Rocky movies, set in Yorkshire and with a backdrop of Rugby League in place of boxing. It’s a classic underdog story. The Wheatsheaf Arms seven-a-side team is a bit of a joke – they don’t have seven players, ...

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Up ‘N’ Under –  The Lowry, Salford

Writer: John Godber Director: Jeni Draper Everybody loves an underdog: it’s a been staple plot device for TV, film and, theatre for well more than 40 years. It’s a plot device so ingrained in our conscience that despite the feel-good factor you get from viewing this classic narrative trope: you want to see something different: Step forward the Fingersmiths Theatre ...

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The Threepenny Opera – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Jeremy Sams Directors: Peter Rowe, Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katie Lee 'If the misery is genuine, no one will believe it.' This contemporary adaptation of Brecht's Threepenny Opera by Graeae Theatre Company explores poverty, disability and common reaction to it, updating the text for our present era of government cuts. Here, the beggars are ...

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