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I KNOW YOU OF OLD – Hope Theatre

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David Fairs flips comedy into tragedy with apparent ease – the fluidity of the text belies the time and effort taken to rework a Shakespearean script and give it a whole new angle. Puritans may argue that Shakespeare is not a playwright to be mess about with, but the care and respect Fairs gives to The Bard only further showcases his writing prowess.

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Q&A podcast: Creating a musical out of wartime prejudice in Miss Nightingale

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What a great way to get the Bank Holiday weekend off with a swing. Last night, I hosted a post-show Q&A at MISS NIGHTINGALE. This original British musical is now in its sixth iteration – musicals, as Sondheim says, aren’t written but re-written – since starting life as a short piece in Ipswich and at […]

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MISS NIGHTINGALE – The Vaults

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Miss Nightingale storms the stage to start the show just as it ends – with energy, enthusiasm and a patriotic desire to support the troops. Unfortunately, these kinds of scenes are often where Matthew Bugg loses his way slightly on the show, releasing his otherwise tightly held grip and clear conceptual realisation in favour of getting the audience on their feet, involved and dancing.