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“Our House”, Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre, Lichfield Garrick

I saw Madness play live twice. They were fabulous, raucous, and with a touch of Music Hall about them. I am also a veteran of the era when they formed. Their incubation was not seamless. They morphed from what might … Continue reading

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Hairspray – Birmingham Hippodrome

***** This show is beguilingly deceptive. Its title implies froth and artificial glamour, yet when heated, hairspray can be explosive. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s adaptation of John Waters’ 1988 film for stage was itself based on the book by … Continue reading

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Tom Petty – an appreciation

    The phenomena of public grief for public figures whom were not known personally to the mourner is not new, but often ridiculed. Tom Petty was one of a handful who caused me to double take, and to feel, … Continue reading

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Great Expectations – Derby Theatre

One of Dickens’ latter works, his thirteenth novel, “Great Expectations” lends itself to a dramatic stage presentation. An atmospheric opening triggers a chain of events that will bring a young man riches, break his troubled heart, and lead him deep … Continue reading

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Table Tipping – Long Eaton, with Pietro Politano

  “It must be a trick – mustn’t it? A table moving of its own accord. It just is not possible.” Those were my thoughts prior to attending a table tipping evening. So, when an opportunity to experience it for … Continue reading

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‘Allo ‘Allo – Trinity Players, Sutton Arts Theatre

  As a television situation comedy series, ‘Allo ‘Allo was a steamroller success for a decade from 1982. Written by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd, it was a mix of cultural stereotypes, physical comedy, farce, sexual innuendo and sauce. The … Continue reading

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Miss Saigon – Birmingham Hippodrome

***** Invariably, this show is identified as the one with the helicopter . Just in case anyone was in any doubt about this, the lights go down to the sound of a helicopter swooping overhead. I had seen the show … Continue reading

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