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Million Dollar Quartet – Birmingham Hippodrome

Martin Kaye and Jason Donovan in Million Dollar Quartet

Writers: Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: James Garrington Sam Phillips might be one of the least recognisable yet most important men in the history of popular music – for he was the founder and owner of Sun Studios in Memphis, and the man who is widely credited with creating rock’n’roll, discovering such talents as Jerry Lee ...

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The Full Monty – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

The Full Monty cast

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: Dominic Corr Brace yourselves; it's all laid bare tonight. Simon Beaufoy returns The Full Monty to its roots after a musical stint in 2000, back to the closed steel mills of Sheffield. The curse of laughter is that it's often concealing something. This time touching upon prevalent issues of class, unemployment, masculinity and ...

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Tomorrow I was Always A Lion – Arcola Theatre, London


Writer: Vladimir Shcherban (based on the memoirs of Arnhild Lauveng) Director: Vladimir Shcherban Reviewer: Deborah Parry One in four of us is currently suffering from a mental health condition and yet there is still a huge stigma attached to certain diagnoses - none more so than psychosis. Up until recently, the notion that schizophrenia could be cured was absolutely rejected by professionals, hope snatched ...

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The Grinning Man – Bristol Old Vic


Writer: Carl Grose Music: Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler Director: Tom Morris Reviewer: Claire Hayes The land of The Grinning Man is one of seeping pain and lost memories, where the old cannot forget while the young seek desperately to remember. Director Tom Morris and writer Carl Grose have taken Victor Hugo’s 19th Century novel The Man Who Laughs and ...

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Butterflies and Bones – Project Arts Centre, Dublin


Choreographer: Fearghus Ó Conchúir Reviewer: Saoirse Anton In recent months, Irish stages have been awash with productions exploring 1916 and where we stand on the events of that year 100 years later. There have been productions about the Easter Rising, productions about the creation of the state we live in now, and productions about Roger Casement. As one might imagine, ...

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Gecko: Institute – HOME, Manchester

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Artistic Director: Amit Lahav Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Founded in 2001, Gecko is an award-winning physical theatre company led by Artistic Director Amit Lahav, who remains a compelling central devising performer within the company’s diverse range of work. Institute, their latest show, has been two years in the making and is a careful and detailed examination of the ways we care ...

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From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads – Waterloo East Theatre, London


Writer and Director: Adrian Berry Reviewer: Stephen Bates Yes, we may all have to adjust our holiday habits as a result of the falling pound, but Adrian Berry's 75-minute one-act play has nothing to do with that. Instead, the title is taken from the lyric of David Bowie'sLife on Mars and the play tells of a teenager's journey to find ...

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DNA – New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich


Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Paul Couch What happens when our behaviour spirals out of control? Do we try to arrest it and risk making matters worse, or do we let it freefall in the hope that the end result won’t be as bad as we initially feared? When you're trying to plug multiple holes in a dyke, ...

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