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The Man Jesus – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

  Posted by Amdram, 19 October 2014 · 126 views

When I booked my seat for ‘The Man Jesus’, I can’t claim to have been feeling particularly Jesussy. To be honest, I haven’t been very Jesussy for a number of years. Having said that, I did have a scamper through Colm Tóibín’s ‘The Testament of Mary‘ at the start of the year. In a sense, […]

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Neighbourhood Watch – TOADS Theatre Company

  Posted by Amdram, 15 October 2014 · 135 views

The Little Theatre, Torquay,  maintains the tradition of having the most impressive sets locally for this week’s Alan Ayckbourn comedy ‘Neighbourhood Watch’. Designed by the production’s director, John Miles, the living room of brother and sister Martin and Hilda Massie is on a lovely angle that more than hints at a world...


Bazaar and Rummage – Shiphay Amateur Dramatic Society

  Posted by Amdram, 12 October 2014 · 252 views

The new season opened for SADS with Sue Townsend comedy, ‘Bazaar and Rummage’, directed by Linda Dilley. At £6 per ticket, they remain the cheapest amateur theatre locally. Running from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 October 2014, this production brought the inside of a church hall to St John’s Church Hall, Torquay. In all honesty,...


Quartet – Bijou Theatre Productions

  Posted by Amdram, 11 October 2014 · 148 views

A nice piece of rebranding from Bijou Theatre Productions makes this my first review of a ‘Non-Professional Production’ – as the Palace Theatre, Paignton sees Ronald Harwood’s ‘Quartet’ staged between Wednesday 8 and Saturday 11 October 2014. Directed by Ruth Bettesworth and picking from the best of local tale...


Little Shop of Horrors – Newton Abbot and District Musical Comedy Society

  Posted by Amdram, 08 October 2014 · 168 views

In my teenage years, I had something of a thing for ladies with long ginger curls. It was something of a defining moment for me then, that one evening was spent at the Babbacombe Theatre enjoying the Bonnie Langford ‘Now’ tour. Back in those heady days I knew nothing of musical theatre, but one of […]



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Educating Rita – The Teignmouth Players

  Posted by Amdram, 03 October 2014 · 113 views

If I am going to review the latest production from the Teignmouth Players, I am going to have to be careful. To write a few hundred words about how brilliant a production it was would make me no better than Rita and her criticism of ‘Rubyfruit Jungle’. In my reviews of amateur theatre, I have […]



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Doctor Who – The Crawling Terror

  Posted by Amdram, 01 October 2014 · 49 views

Into the second of three twelfth Doctor hardbacks and I’m not sure if I’m keeping pace with the current television series or not. If Silhouette was set at the Frost Fair and The Caretaker saw Capaldi’s Doctor offer to take Clara to a Frost Fair, one might safely assume I took on that book a […]



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Doctor Who – Silhouette

  Posted by Amdram, 14 September 2014 · 108 views

The twelfth Doctor comes to print with three little hardbacks offering jolly romps that sit nicely alongside the current television series. The first to be given the Jolly Lion treatment is Silhouette by Justin Richards. time and space Clara is given the choice of destination, but the Doctor poo poos her suggestion (which is cheerfully […]...


Dear Colin Baker…

  Posted by Amdram, 23 July 2014 · 185 views

Dear Colin Baker, My first memory of live theatre was aged 13, seeing you as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. I only wanted to go because you were in it and you had been in Doctor Who. It was wonderful, and you weren’t the Doctor at all. I thought you […]



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Annie – NEWTS

  Posted by Amdram, 10 May 2014 · 233 views

If ever there was a show I thought I wouldn’t enjoy, it was the thought of going to see ‘Annie’. I can count on one hand the things I knew about ‘Annie’ before seeing it. Firstly, there’s a little girl with ginger curls. Secondly, she’s an orphan. Thirdly, there’s a song in it about tomorrow […]



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