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WOS TV: Top Theatre Video Picks - 21 Oct 2009

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  • Cardboard Dad – Opening at the Sherman Theatre this week, Alan Harris’ bitter sweet new comedy takes the amusing yet heart breaking tale of a Donna, loving wife to a deployed army serviceman. Donna waits for David, alone in their flat. Alone, that is, until she gets a special delivery that turns her world inside out. Who would have thought a piece of cardboard could be so important? Another entertaining piece of new work from the Sherman team before they start work on a multi-million pound redevelopment scheme in the new year.

  • Category B opens to critical acclaim - Roy Williams’ gripping new play opens the Tricyle’s Not Black or White season on top form and is electricfying viewing. Williams brings our attention to the continuing power struggles that take place between inmates and guards in Category B prisons and of the subsequent political juggling implemented to keep things running smoothly.

  • Backbeat’s back - With the news that the classic 1994 film Backbeat is hitting the stage, it only seems right to take a look back at the original film and remind ourselves of the much documented early years of the Beatles. Written and co-directed by the film’s original creator Iain Softley, the stage version promises to weave together the great music of the Fab Four along with Stuart Sutcliffe’s dramatic paintings and the stunning photography of Astrid Kirchherr.

  • Did Annie get her gun? - Opening to mixed reactions from the press (See Review Round-up, 19 Oct 2009), the Young Vic revival of the Irving Berlin classic may prove to be love it or loathe it, but the audiences at this performance seemed to have a wonderful evening. Seeing Jane Horrocks return to the stage to take the lead, the cast also features Julian Ovenden and a host of gun-toting cowboys, ready to belt out the much loved Berlin score. Could this be another audience pleaser that defies a mixed press reaction?

    Selections by David Grewcock. You can view
    these – & many more – clips on tvision.whatsonstage.com.
    If you've seen something you think is worth a watch for theatregoers,
    then please email us the clip or a link to it.

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