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‘AstRONomical experience’: SymphRONica review

A showcase of ‘jazz for the playlist era’, SymphRONica aims to change preconceptions about jazz and bring it up to standard for modern ears. Made up of the classical pianist, electric guitarist and drummer, but also a string quartet and double bassist, this eight-piece band certainly does succeed in subverting the layman’s expectations of a […]

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Dorian Gray review

Dorian Gray was a much anticipated production by The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre based on the infamous philosophical novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, written by the Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde.  The group had a difficult task of shortening the highly prestigious novel into a short 55-minute performance, but they handle this […]

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The Johnny Cash Story review

The Johnny Cash Story has a very specific demographic. The audience know what they are getting into, united by a love so strong for ‘The Man In Black’ that they come with song lyrics memorized and at the ready. Singing Cash’s classics such as ‘Ring Of Fire’ and ‘I Walk The Line’, Jamie Rodden is […]

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‘Empowering’: Ophelia is also Dead review

The curtains part and a young woman enters the stage. She immediately breaks the fourth wall as she realises the audience is in the room with her. Thanks to her tear-stained make-up and dirty wedding dress, she looks tragically beautiful.  The show is a tragically moving story of Ophelia’s madness and why her spiral begins, […]

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‘Rowdily fun and surprisingly beautiful’: The Dolly Parton Story review

Who doesn’t love Dolly Parton? The Queen of Country is an absolute icon, with numerous hit songs within her decades-long career, her personality simultaneously larger-than-life and down-to-earth, meeting any superficial criticism with wit and humour. The joyous Dolly Parton Story recounts her humble countryside beginnings, her initial Nashville success with Porter Wagoner, and eventual solo […]

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‘Wonderfully cheerful’: 10 Things I Hate About A Capella review

10 Things I Hate About A Capella wonderfully captures everything it means to love your skill. The show mixes arrangements of modern songs with  joyful dialogue about the things which are truly stressful and rather annoying about performance arts.  The group all wear the same uniform of  black with gold accessories, which is at once  […]

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Back to Black: The Music of Amy Winehouse review

Back to Black: The Music of Amy Winehouse is one in a series of productions celebrating the lives and work of talented musicians through the ages. With a voice like brown sugar, Reine Beau Anderson Dudley expertly covers Winehouse’s songs, paying homage to the modern legend and lamenting that she is not remembered as one […]

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Berlin Girl review

Berlin Girl is described as a story of love and rebellion which follows 16-year-old Berlin school girl Miranda as she gets caught up in the totalitarian regime of East Berlin in the 1960s. The subject matter is fairly  intriguing, especially considering the questionable choice to perform it in the rock musical genre. However, the strange […]