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King of Reggae – The Man – The Music

    Rush Theatre company bought the King of Reggae to Birmingham Rep and really raised the roof. I can’t tell you exactly what I was expecting, perhaps some sort of musical tribute akin to Mamma Mia! a broadway style fictional story with the music of Bob Marley intertwined with dancers and actors but what we got this evening was something very different. A very special performance… Read More »King of Reggae – The Man – The Music

    Grime Boy - Birmingham Rep - review

    Grime Boy – Birmingham Rep – review

      Picture the scene…. Twenty years ago in the midst of an inner city council estate a new genre of music was inspiring a forsaken generation. As I entered the audience to see the latest new play from Caisey Bailey (the poet laureate) I was somewhat disorientated. The audience has to weave through a dark corridor shadowed by curtains to be greeted by a DJ (Auden… Read More »Grime Boy – Birmingham Rep – review

      40 years of Phoenix dance

      40 years of Phoenix dance

        Entertainment. Emotion. Education. On Saturday evening I was invited to see 40 years of Phoenix dance at the Birmingham rep. I have to be honest and say that every single performance moved me. From the core shaking drums of the opening act to the heartbreak of suicide in the final act. I love the performing arts and the ability dance and music has to inspire.… Read More »40 years of Phoenix dance

        Belgrade Theatre hosts a season of children’s treats this spring

        Belgrade Theatre hosts a season of children’s treats this spring

          This season, the Belgrade Theatre hosts a fantastic range of shows for children of all ages. Little ones can take a stroll through the deep, dark wood with The Gruffalo, and enjoy magical puppetry with Oi Frog and Friends! Live on Stage. There’s something for older ones too, with brand new stage adaptations of George Orwell’s Animal Farmand Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful. Fun for all the family kicks off with Billionaire Boy on the Belgrade’s… Read More »Belgrade Theatre hosts a season of children’s treats this spring

          Panto’s back - Oh Yes it is!!! Beauty and the Beast at The Belgrade - review

          Panto’s back – Oh Yes it is!!! Beauty and the Beast at The Belgrade – review

            Beauty and the Beast at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry is the must see panto experience in the Midlands this winter. Be transported to the town of Middle Widdle on the Piddle (somewhere near to – but not quite Nuneaton) for a few hours of silly fun with Billy, his mum Dolly Mix, alongside Maurice, Grub and of course the stars of the show Beauty… Read More »Panto’s back – Oh Yes it is!!! Beauty and the Beast at The Belgrade – review

            What’s new Pussycat - a review

            What’s new Pussycat – a review

              I have waited so long to be back in the audience of a live show. I’ve been a lifelong fan of the theatre and have a memory box full of programmes from performances I have seen, so when The Rep got in touch and asked me to come along to a preview showing of “what’s new pussycat” I was delighted. Picture the scene: it’s 1965… Read More »What’s new Pussycat – a review