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Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

A new version for Storyhouse by Glyn Maxwell

October 5-19

Storeyhouse, Chester

www.storyhouse.com

Reviewed for North West End: www.northwestend.co.uk

4*

It’s the classic horror trio, Dracula, Frankenstein (ok, the monster – or is it?) and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Well, quartet then, perhaps. And maybe the most memorable. Everybody understands what is meant by a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ personality. So no pausing for exposition, and you’re immediately

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Tour ends in London, November 29 – February 1

October 14-19

Amélie

Liverpool Playhouse

www.everymanplayhouse.com

Reviewed for Writebase: https://writebase.co.uk/

4*

‘Life is a minestrone’, the song says, as indeed is Amélie’s: rich and full of variety. But something of a mishmash. Just like this musical, much of which I found difficult to follow, the dialogue being, naturellement, in a heavy French accent (if nearer Welsh occasionally, for some strange reason). It was

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September 24-28

Little Miss Sunshine

Liverpool Playhouse
https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/

Reviewed for www.northwestend.co.uk

4*

The American Road Trip is the stuff of legend, while dysfunctional families are hell on earth, all around the earth, mostly when in pursuit of their dreams. Put them together, in a clapped out camper van, on a more than likely futile quest, and what can possibly go wrong? And in a musical…

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Orbis 188, Summer 2019

Fancy a closer look?

Introductory offer: 2 back issues for just £7, down from £5 each,
and that includes p+p: £1.60 (saving £3) –
because reading magazines helps judge the best match with your work
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NB, ‘back issues’ does what it says on the can,
ie here, it doesn’t mean current and previous issue
because they’re still on sale,
although most issues sell out pretty swiftly:
#170 – #173; #175- #184.

Information is posted virtually every day,
regardless of what the date counter says, unless –

I’m busy thinking, not exactly a Tarentino fan,
but my goodness, latest film is fantastic

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Orbis 188 (Summer)

£5 (Overseas: £11/€14/$16); Subs: £18/4 pa (Overseas: £40/€50/$60)

Front cover artwork: ‘Key to madness’ by Kelly Marie Davidson
back cover, detail from image: https://www.artgallery.co.uk/work/293532


We like to do what it says on the can, or rather, the cover,
so contents always range far and wide, in time as well as space,
and of course, from contributors all over the world. OK, maybe
it’s just a Meeting in an Upstairs Room, with Vivienne Hanna-Artt,
but
Will Daunt welcomes you to dear old England, and times gone by,
with
Adlestrop,  and you can go back to Thira 
with Wendy Goulstone,
or
aim for The Starry Outer Paradise with Yuan Hongri
(Translated 
by Manu Mangattu). Eamonn Lynskey takes you Walking
on the Via Vittoria Colonna, Rome
but you’d be surprised where
Andrew Curtis is headed in Bang to time; maybe even more so
when Sheila Aldous reveals The Secret of Breathing. Indeed, lean in to
Kevin Griffin, 
because he’s talking Sotto Voce, revealing perhaps that
Royston Tester 
is Still in love with the bass player,
the truth about Odin and the Caterpillar
from Warren Mortimer
and what Stuart Pickford’s up to in Big Nose and Fat Man.
So, like Cat Campbell, do you know what you Want?
In the end, let Taylor Strickland
show you: @RestAndBeThankful,
there’s plenty to enjoy in
Orbis


Featured Poet
Gareth Roberts (Tidelands; Weeping from the King’s Wood…;
When the words are leaving)

Poems from: Lynn Foote (Veulettes-sur-Mer); Maggie Reed (Wonderful Clowns);
K. V. Skene 
(Moonsplaining the man); Anthony Watts (Ozymandias in the Wood)

Prose from: Desiree Kendrick (Don’t Hate Me);
Lani O’Hanlon (So bright and tender); Charles Osborne (Line 13)

Translation: Pablo Dubois (Espiga: The Ear Of Wheat);
Yvonne Reddick (Firesetter;
into German, by Jutta Kaussen;
into Hungarian, by Júlia Lázár)

Past Master: Benjamin Keatinge on Konstantin Miladinov

Reviews: Maria Isakova Bennett, David Harmer, Jenny Hockey, Afric McGlinchey,
Clairr O’Connor, D. A. Prince, Andrew Taylor
and Noel Williams

Orbis 188 Contributors also include

Sheila Aldous; Cat Campbell; Andrew Curtis; Will Daunt;
Maggie Davison; Miranda Day; Linda Ford; Wendy Goulstone;
Kevin Griffin; Vivienne Hanna-Artt; Alice Harrison;
Paul Jeffcutt;
L. B. Jørgensen; Lavinia Kumar; S. W. Layzell; Chris Luck;
Eamonn Lynskey; Nancy Anne Miller; Warren Mortimer;
Robert Nisbet; 
Katherine Noone; Gabrielle O’Donovan;
Stuart Pickford; Theresa Sowerby; 
Taylor Strickland;
Royston Tester; Robin Thomas; Hongri Yuan

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August 21-26

The Cynthia Lennon Story

Hope Street Theatre

http://hopestreettheatre.com/

A version of this review appears on Writebase: https://writebase.co.uk/

2*

This girl was a fascinating, intelligent, beautiful woman, a talented artist who happened to be married to John Lennon – if ever a person could be said to ‘live in interesting times’ as the alleged Chinese curse has it, it was Cynthia Lennon.

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American Idiot

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Liverpool Playhouse
https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/

4*

And just who is the idiot? The amiable, artless Will (Samuel Pope), who gets his girlfriend pregnant and ends up stuck at home? The one who escapes to the big city and becomes trapped by drugs? Or the third one, who’s unlucky enough to join the army and lose a leg (and has a lobotomy;

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Club Tropicana

July 1- 6

Liverpool Empire

www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire/

Reviewed for Writebase
https://writebase.co.uk/

3*

Not one but two pairs of star-crossed lovers; a case of mistaken identity; unrequited love; hero with a fatal flaw…no, this is not Shakespeare. Nor, for that matter, as I had fondly imagined, a biography of Wham. My companion reckoned it was most like Benidorm in fact. I’d have called it a Summer

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July 12-14
Mslexicon

www.mslexiaco.uk/mslexicon

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June 28-30
Evesham Festival of Words
www.eveshamfestivalofwords.org

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June 4-8

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Liverpool Empire
www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire/

Reviewed for North West End: www.northwestend.co.uk

4*

We wuz robbed – well,of course that’s how I’d like to start the review, but cannot deprive them of that last star, for sheer nerve, in both senses of the

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