By Tony Allen
In last week’s heat, all most of us wanted to do was relax outside with an ice cold bottle of lemon flavoured Hooch. Alas, the mercury spike didn’t halt the rampage of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour onto the West End, following successful runs in the USA, Australia, the National Theatre and at the Edinburgh Festival.
The basic premise of the musical play, based on Alan Warner’s cult novel The Sopranos and adapted for the stage by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, is that we’re transported back to the ‘90s in Scotland, where six Catholic schoolgirls travel from their quiet port town of Oban to Edinburgh to represent their school in a choir competition. But they are determined to lose, in favour of an alcohol-soaked, wild day out and the chance to get back to the port in time for the last dances (and maybe more) at their one grotty nightclub, the Mantrap. (Think, the Waterfront with a proper tiled dancefloor, a bit more Hooch and the occasional group of spunky sailors).
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By Ewa Giera
Warning: This article contains spoilers
Every now and again, Netflix produces a series adapted from well-known classics. A Series of Unfortunate Events, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black. All of them are books which have recently been adapted for the small screen. This time, Netflix has released a new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s internationally acclaimed book, Anne of Green Gables. A lot of people who have grown up with the books – including myself – have had some doubts about the new release after Netflix confirmed that the upcoming version was to be ‘gritty’.
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By Luke Farnish
Three of Pratchett’s works have now been adapted for straight to TV films by production company ‘The Mob’ for Sky. These are Hogfather (2006), The Colour of Magic (2008) and Going Postal (2010).
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By Tony Allen
A mere four songs into new Norwich rock outfit Against All Odds’ slot, supporting The High Points at Bedfords Crypt, singer Georgi Ball stops. She looks out onto the packed room, thanking everyone for coming and pointing out that the appearance is in aid of the band’s first EP release.
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By Gabriela Williams
Although this might not be everyone’s most anticipated film of the year, Fifty Shades Darker is a hit with its predominantly female fan base.
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By Warren Tutt
2016 is now well and truly behind us, so it’s finally time to look forward to 2017 and the films that will have us grabbing our popcorn and heading to the flicks.
It’s hard to ignore the publicity placed on nominees for this year’s awards season. However, looking beyond La La Land, Lion and Moonlight, there’s a whole heap of promising and exciting films headed our way!
Ridley Scott’s latest Alien franchise offering, Alien: Covenant, arrives on the 19th of May. To counter the disappointment met by fans after 2012’s Prometheus, we are set to see more of what we loved from the original films in this new prequel-sequel. Namely body bursting aliens and dark corridors amongst silent and spooky spaceships.
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By Tony Allen
“We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one.”
The famous couplet from Michael Rosen’s classic children’s picture book is ingrained in the memories of scores of people, young and old. Unfortunately, the recent festive cartoon adaptation leaves much to be desired in comparison to the book, mainly because it tries to deal with far too much and fails at its fundamental purpose of providing entertainment.
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