Category Archives: Behind the Arras Reviews

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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Elements of Freestyle – Birmingham Hippodrome

This evening’s show was part of the Birmingham International Dance Festival 2018 and is the brain child of Artistic Director Marco Gerris who is gaining an enviable reputation as a stuntman and stunt co-ordinator for the film industry, leading his … Continue reading

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Birdsong- Derby Theatre

The centenary of the ending of the Great War has prompted many tributes, some more meritorious than others. The eponymous novel, by Sebastian Faulks, first published in 1993, has established itself as a modern classic, a love story set against … Continue reading

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The Grand Old Days- Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

*** A music hall variety show indebted to the “Good Old Days” format which was so popular on television fifty years ago. Vintage films were playing in the foyer to capture the mood for the audience. On stage, period photograph … Continue reading

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Stomp! Birmingham Hippodrome

After a fifteen year run in London, Stomp is now stomping around the provinces on tour. What is it? Loosely fitting into the physical theatre genre, it is a musical without narrative, a street comedy without words. A professional production … Continue reading

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Brighton Rock – Derby Theatre

Brighton Rock is one of the great 20th century British novels first published in 1938, later adapted for film in 1947, and again in 2010. This stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery is a timely reassessment of the work set in … Continue reading

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Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok – Derby Theatre

*** A play, playwright, and story, that were all new to me, adding a large dollop of intrigue on the opening night. The playwright In -Sook Chappell is a Korean-born, London-based playwright and filmmaker. She studied dance in New York … Continue reading

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