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Lilies on the Land – Highbury Theatre

This play was being performed for the first time ever at the Highbury Theatre. A story that will probably be more familiar to many in the guise of the 1998 film “Land Girls” starring Rachel Weiss, and the 1994 novel … Continue reading

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Spoken Word at Caffé del Nino , Cannock– 9/7/17

  I had heard about this event for some months but not had the opportunity to catch it. I was curious for two reasons. Firstly, I always like attending new poetry evenings so that I can learn how o improve … Continue reading

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The Crucible – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

*** I first, and last, saw Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” in 1974, twenty- one years after its premiere, as part of my “O” level school studies. It made an enduring impact. Although the McCarthyite purges had long since gone, the … Continue reading

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Cyrano de Bergarac – Derby Theatre

Cyrano – Derby Theatre Written one hundred and twenty years ago, this French play,  in rhyming verse by Edmond Rostand, has endured for a very good reason. Everyone enjoys a joke about a big nose, and in Cyrano de Bergerac, … Continue reading

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All Star Stand Up Tour 2017 Derby Theatre

  ****   The All-Star Stand-Up Tour returned  after a memorable 2016 show with a fresh bill apart from Kiwi  Javed Christmas, who was  moving from doing  a headline slot last year  to the more flexible  role of presenter and … Continue reading

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Dinosaur World at Derby Theatre

**** A children’s show, primarily aimed at the under 7’s which capitalises on the enduring love affair children, and their parents, have with dinosaurs. The dinosaurs themselves are cleverly manipulated as puppets by puppeteers coming in an impressive array of … Continue reading

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Evita – Wolverhampton Grand

**** Almost four years ago, Bill Kenwright’s revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita” played at Wolverhampton. It was one of the best productions of the show I had ever seen, so I approached this new production, with a fresh cast, … Continue reading

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