Monthly Archives: March 2015

Live at the Brixton Academy- Simon Parkes

A riotous life in the music business As a teenager I learned the gig going ropes in London. The Hammersmith Odeon, Rainbow Theatre Finsbury and Wembley Empire Pool (as was) became regular haunts, as well as occasional visits elsewhere. It … Continue reading

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Bedroom Farce, Sutton Arts Theatre

When you ask Barrie Atchison to direct an Ayckbourn play it’s like recruiting Jose Mourinho to manage your football team, you are guaranteed a safe pair of hands, and success. And so it proved on this, the opening night. Although … Continue reading

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Boston Marriage, Highbury Theatre Studio, Sutton Coldfield

A three handed play, with all -female cast, by David Mamet, written in 1999. “Boston Marriage” is set a century earlier, the title being a euphemism, said to have been in use in New England in the decades spanning the … Continue reading

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Hansel and Gretel- WNO, Birmingham Hippodrome

“Hansel and Gretel” is a Märchenoper (fairy tale opera) by nineteenth-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, based on the eponymous Grimm brothers’ fairy tale . The first four rows of the stalls at the Hippodrome had been removed to accommodate a full … Continue reading

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Solace of the Road- Derby Playhouse

Derby playhouse is fortunate indeed to be staging the world premiere of Siobhan Dowd’s novel of loss and homecoming which was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award 2009, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009 and the Bisto Children’s Book … Continue reading

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