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Lip Sevice

Review: Lip Service presents The Picture of Doreen Gray

October 23, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Lip Service presents The Picture of Doreen Gray

Good writing is all about putting characters into testing situations. Same goes for great comedy.

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Close the Coalhouse Door at Oldham Coliseum

June 29, 2014 Comments Off on Close the Coalhouse Door at Oldham Coliseum

A couple of years ago I saw a terrific version of this emotive Alan Plater play-with-music produced by Newcastle-based Northern Stage which I thought could well be unsurpassable.

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An August Bank Holiday Lark

June 12, 2014 Comments Off on An August Bank Holiday Lark

According to writer Deborah McAndrew, her brief for this show from Northern Broadsides’s Barrie Rutter went something like “I want a play for the First World War Centenary in 2014

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Marianna Benedict, Helen Power

Windy City revival is a winner

September 21, 2013 Comments Off on Windy City revival is a winner

Instead of hiring a soap star, Oldham Coliseum took the bold step of recruiting an ensemble cast of unknowns for the first revival of Chicago in a decade – and the gamble paid off.

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Roxie and Velma come to Oldham

September 13, 2013 Comments Off on Roxie and Velma come to Oldham

The movie of Bob Fosse’s Broadway epic Chicago picked up numerous Oscars and the live version has toured endlessly with, to my mind, a series of soap actors blunting its cynical edge. 

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Birdsong

A Song That Needs To Be Heard

July 2, 2013 Comments Off on A Song That Needs To Be Heard

For months after I read Sebastian Faulks’ novel Birdsong, I was haunted by feelings of claustrophobia. His retelling of the horrors experienced by the tunnellers during the First World War stayed with me to the extent that I have never felt ready to re-read the book.

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Hayfever

Hayfever at the Oldham Coliseum

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on Hayfever at the Oldham Coliseum

I really wish I liked Noel Coward.

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John Shuttleworth

John Shuttleworth, Oldham Coliseum

June 8, 2013 Comments Off on John Shuttleworth, Oldham Coliseum

Isn’t it always the way? You wait for one Northern comedy hero and then two come along at once.

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Ladies' Day

Ladies’ Day, Oldham Coliseum

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on Ladies’ Day, Oldham Coliseum

To summarise: Ladies’ Day is a comedy drama about a gang of fish factory workers from Hull on a day at the races. It wasn’t any old race event, rather it was a specific day – the day Royal Ascot came to York Races in 2005.

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Blonde Bombshells

Blond Bombshells of 1943, Oldham Coliseum

April 18, 2013 Comments Off on Blond Bombshells of 1943, Oldham Coliseum

Blonde Bombshells of 1943 taps into the nostalgia for the Second World War with its lively and upbeat production at the newly refurbished Oldham Coliseum.

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