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Bring Him Home
Les Miserables
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Theatre Reviews & Features...
 
 
I am doing freelance work writing theatre reviews, previews and interviews for groups based in the North West to be published on the Lancashire Life website.
 
If you are a theatre or drama group based in the North West who would like to promote your company or play you can contact me either on e-mail or via my Twitter page.
 
 
 
 
Reviews...
 


Married couple Toby and Jess are unable to have children. Well, Toby is unable to have children until their lifelong friend, Xav, who only has two months to live gives them a parting gift they were never expecting.

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The famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical brought to life by the Blackburn Musical Theatre Company

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The story of four factory workers who manage to get into Ladies Day at Royal Ascot 2005 which was infamously held in York due to redevelopment.

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Michael has just turned eighteen. He lives with his sister, Rose. Their mum is in hospital, so Rose has to look after her brother. Michael is autistic.

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Cole Porter's famous musical is brought to Burnley and performed by the young stars at Basics Junior Theatre School.
 
 
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Mike Harding's classic comedy focused on a family's particularly chaotic Christmas
 
 
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An adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway novel depicting the love between an American soldier in the Italian Army and the English nurse he falls in love with.
 
 
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Four plays all centering around the main focus of love and the different ways in which it can affect us all.
 
 
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The legendary duo, Cannon & Ball return to the North West of England on behalf of the Friends of the Lowther in their record breaking act!
 
 
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A group of women (and one man) attend a weekly tap dancing class for their own personal reasons. The group are invited to perform at a charity event, but relationships become fraught as truths begin to rise to the surface.
 
 
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Ted Daniels is a normal man who loses his briefcase and finds himself in police custody accused of being a terrorist.
 
 
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A newly engaged couple throw a meal to meet each other's parents and announce their news, but anything that can go wrong does go wrong.
 
 

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The true story of enigmatic code breaker, Alan Turing, and the work he did for his country during the war which coincides with his complicated personal life.
 
 
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Deborah McAndrew's wonderfully scripted tale of a small Lancashire mill village preparing for the upcoming Rushcart festivities with the beginning of the First World War looming.
 
 
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Lettice Douffet is a our guide at a Trust House, but the historical facts of the house are not proving popular with guests until Lettice starts to create her own!
 
 
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Shannon and Dylan are 16. They’re in love. And they’re having a baby.
 
 
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This epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.
 
 
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Norma works in a factory and cares for her bedridden mother, Phoebe, who is on the verge of Alzheimer's. Norma is trying to find her Mr Wonderful through a dating agency. After several attempts she meets Geoff, who seems reputable, but appearances can be deceiving.
 
 
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The musical version of the Hollywood movie about three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man enters their lives.
 
 
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In Doggerland tells the funny and heartfelt story of four people struggling to move forward under the weight of past trauma. The play explores the themes of organ donation and transplantation; loss and grief; family and home; and what makes up the essence of an individual.
 
 
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Claire hasn't left the flat for 3 months after husband, Pierre, unceremoniously left her. Jimmy has an idea that he thinks will bring her back to the life of the living. But Andy, Jimmy's boyfriend, has other ideas about what might cheer her up. A dramatic comedy about artificial insemination, infidelity and immortality.
 
 
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The stage version of Willy Russell's famous musical about a woman who reluctantly gives way one of her twin babies only for fate to bond them as Blood Brothers and where the discovery of their true identities lead to a destructive outcome.
 
 
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A play based on an encounter by Alan Bennett in 1974 when the mysterious and eccentric Miss Shepherd parked her van in his garden and lived there......for fifteen years.
 
 
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Guy Jones joins an operatics group currently rehearsing for "The Beggars Opera". Guy is getting over the death of his wife and he soon finds himself the centre of attention among the female population of the group. Soon the decisions he faces are somehow made for him as he makes his way towards the lead role, but ultimately makes a few enemies in the process
 
 
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In 1917 the Tsar of Russia was killed along with his wife and children in a massacre in Serbia. Three years later a woman is found in Berlin after an attempt at suicide. At first there is no idea to her identity, but she later claims to be Princess Anastasia, the Tsar's daughter who was supposedly murdered...
 
 
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The Americans have struck France with no apparent motive. Kenneth, who was correspondent for the BBC, finds himself publicly disgraced and silenced after expressing personal disgust at the actions of the attackers. Kenneth's girlfriend, Jennifer Talia, Royal correspondent for the BBC and ceaseless social climber, finds herself caught up in a propaganda trap after being given a position of media power. Her task - to detract the media away from the war...
 
 
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Following an inept attempt at self-destruction, Martin awakes in hospital in the next bed to Billy. Instead of the sympathy and understanding he might have expected following his ‘cry for help’ Martin gets an excoriating, dystopian, nihilistic view of the world, people, relationships, himself and anything else that gets in the way of Billy’s own relentless pursuit of truth and oblivion.
 
 
 
Features...



I spoke to playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill about her new play "Plastic Figurines" and how her own personal experience helped her write the story.

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I spoke to Barrie Rutter about how he came to create Northern Broadsides Theatre Company, his lead role in "King Lear" and his recent OBE.

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I interviewed Co-Directors and writers Andrew Quick & Pete Brooks who have adapted an Ernest Hemingway story which is premiering for the first time ever in the UK.
 
 
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I interviewed comedian Bobby Ball to discuss his connection with the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham and his long standing partnership with Tommy Cannon as they get ready to perform their show for the Friends of Lowther.  
 
 
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My interview with Lion Tamers Theatre Director, Karl Barnsley and playwright Matthew Gabrielli discussing their new play "Removed and Destroyed"
 
 
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My interview with Leah Haywood who is one half of Abba Tribute band, "Mamma Mania!" about her life in music and headlining a charity event that is close to her heart.
 
 
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My interview with former Coronation Street star, Deborah McAndrew who has rediscovered her passion of writing and her new play which starts a nationwide tour in February.
 
 
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Basics Junior Theatre School is dedicated to nurturing young talent in the theatre and developing them to be the future stars of the West End like some of the former students that have already done so.
 
 
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Box of Tricks is a Manchester based new writing company dedicated to developing and producing the best new Theatre work around. I spoke to co-founder Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder.
 
 
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