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All Shook Up – Lichfield Garrick Theatre

I was too young to appreciate Elvis in his pomp. Yet his music, and celebrity, is ubiquitous, and a little distance is no bad thing, providing context and time for balanced appreciation. When he burst onto the scene he was … Continue reading

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Dick Whittington – Lichfield Garrick Theatre, preview.

Behind the Arras was honoured to attend a preview of this year’s pantomime, “Dick Whittington” at the Lichfield Garrick. Local actor Sam Rabone, who hails from Streetly, is now not only the Dame, but also this year, for the first … Continue reading

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Jersey Boys – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

On one level this is a very slick jukebox musical, but music has the capacity to take us to another place, which is exactly what this show does. First performed on Broadway in 2005, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics … Continue reading

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Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run The Autobiography

I first came across Springsteen when the music press adverts and billboards appeared proclaiming him : “The future of Rock n Roll”. It was a bold claim. It turned out to be justified. I tried to buy tickets for the … Continue reading

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Limehouse Lizzy – Flowerpot, Derby

I first saw LL almost exactly five years ago at the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth. They have now been touring for twenty- five years. Thin Lizzy toured for seventeen years. As custodians of the music, Limehouse Lizzy can lay claim … Continue reading

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Sutton Arts – 2018/19 Programme Previewed

I have a soft spot for Sutton Arts theatre. It is intimate at just over a hundred seats, well maintained, with a generous bar area, has good car parking nearby, but crucially offers a strong programme, with varied directors. A … Continue reading

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The Age Of Bowie – Paul Morley

Time dulls the memory, sometimes for the best. Bad meals, bad holidays, lost love, time has a way of neutralising those memories. Sadly, it also dulls the memory of bad rock critics. I had forgotten what a pompous, self-important, narcissist … Continue reading

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