The D-Road Review

Anyone who lives in and around Stoke-on-Trent will know of the A500, also known as the D-Road – a major primary road with most of its length connecting Junctions 16 and 15 of the M6 Motorway. Since the road opened some 40-odd years ago it has proven to be highly divisive and Claybody Theatre’s latest […]

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present Review

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present is a play which takes you back in time, detailing four birthdays over four decades for one family. Starting with Micky’s 80th birthday the scene centres around his and wife Meg’s living room. After several discussions between themselves – including Meg asking if her beloved is “still dry” – son Adrian...

Season’s Greetings Review

An extended family combined with Christmas chaos, creates comedy gold in Season’s Greetings at the New Vic theatre thanks to genius Alan Ayckbourn. As Christmas Eve gets underway finishing touches to the decorations at Neville (Matt Addis) and Belinda’s (Frances Marshall) house turns into bickering and banter not only between the hosts, but with their...

The Exorcist Review

The Exorcist at The Regent – will have you jumping out of your seat in the first thirty seconds – Review by Mel Osbourne. The reputation of the 1973 Exorcist film has always gone before it, and even if you have not seen this iconic, once banned film you will be familiar with some of […]

Stoke A Love Story Review

Stoke A Love Story – a story everyone will want to know… Potboiler Theatre present shows in unexpected places throughout Stoke-on-Trent..and this show was certainly presented in an unexpected place – a chapel in Longton which dates back to 1842. When entering Longton Methodist Central Hall, posters of Stoke A Love Story immediately capture the...

Handbagged Review

Since her reign began, the Queen has seen 13 prime ministers come and go, with Boris Johnson being number 14 and one suspects that out of these, her most memorable leader (so far) has been Britain’s first female PM, Margaret Thatcher. In Handbagged, playwright Moira Buffini imagines what was said between these first ladies at […]

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart Review

Even before The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” officially begins at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre, three balladeers are already on the stage mixing with the audience as they take their seats. They sing a few songs before getting the audience to sing along with The Proclaimers’ hit “I’m Gonna Be” and The Corries “Will Ye […]

Brassed Off Review

Brassed Off at the New Vic brings something special to the round – not just in the superb sound of a live brass band – but also the dynamic performances delivered by a convincing cast. Set in 1994 and centred on the troubles of a Yorkshire mining community whose pit is on the brink of […]


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