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Book review: The Fire In Your Eyes - Martine Daniel

Luci and Luke are identical twins who have been extremely close since birth. Their mother, Elvina is an alcoholic, and shows very little interest in anything except her beloved vodka. Their Father Jack, a school Head Teacher has been having an affair with Ruth, their best friend Alex’s mother from across the road, and has left to start a new life leaving the twins behind. Luci and Luke spend all of their time together, alone or with Alex.
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Dinner for Schmucks - come dine with me!

Review by: Veronica Pullen

Fortunately I was not invited to dinner, so I gate crashed and had to take my own food in order to write this review. What ensued over the following 114 minutes was a hilarious farce. A comedy journey which saw Barry (Steve Carrell - US Office) causing chaos to the life of Tim (Paul Rudd – I Love You Man) in a series of unbelievable situations
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Piranha 3D - fab or fishy?

Review by Veronica Pullen

If I said Piranha 3D was a bloodier Jaws, but with Piranhas instead of sharks, I could end this review here, and you’d have enough information to decide whether you wanted to see this film or not.
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The Blind Side

'The Blind Side' is a feel-good family movie about how a successful Christian Republican business woman, played by Sandra Bullock, follows her conscience and takes in a homeless black boy. The family make him one of their own and get him through school, training him on the way to be one of the greatest American football players.

It moves along with a few sanitised scenes of harsh reality, but is totally digestable if a little sweet on the pallet. It is based on a true story and is a demonstration of how we can rescue people from a life of crime and destruction if we could all make a little space in our hearts. After adopting Michael Oher the family pay for a private tutor, played by the lovely Kathy Bates, to get him into college. She explains that she is a Democrat and the best line of the film is when Bullock's husband says: "To think we had a black son before we met a Democrat!" The movie blows away a lot of misconceptions about the 'Bible-Belt', but it has its critics…
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Carnival for the dead at Viktor Wynd

The contradiction of art is that the most bright, colourful and joyous work may have the darkest meaning.

In a vibrant, colourful and anarchic exhibition at Viktor Wynd Fine Art, Stephen Wright has produced a mass of work which explores his sense of loss and bereavement after the death of three close family members.

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Wabi Sabi - enjoying the moment

Agora, Shoreham-by-Sea: Wabi Sabi – ordinary beauty

An exhibition capturing the essence of Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi – finding beauty in imperfection, enjoying the moment, and celebrating the transience of life – is a perfect fit for the Empty Shops Network's Agora HQ in Shoreham-by-Sea.

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Ragged socialism in rich Chichester

There are moments as a reviewer when you need to step back from what you're looking at and consider the context. And a hot, sunny afternoon in well-heeled Chichester, watching a new adaptation of Robert Tressell's The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist provides one of those moments.

The book is a masterpiece, an at least partly autobiographical story about the class struggle, the quest for craftsmanship under capitalism and the rise of socialist thinking. It's an odd thing to be watching with a very upper middle class matinee audience.

Adapting for the stage what is essentially a radical political manifesto will never be easy, but on the whole Howard Brenton has done a good job. And of course, the clash of culture between today's audience and the play itself show exactly why it is still relevant. Over a hundred years after the working-class housepainter finished writing the novel, the famous 'Money Trick' he explains is still relevant.
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Spamalot - Python silliness is a knowing feast of fun

Theatre Royal, Brighton: Spamalot,  starring Marcus Brigstocke, Jodi Prenger and Todd Carty

The word 'romp' is probably a bit overused in theatre reviews. But absolutely on the button for this touring production of Spamalot, the stage musical "lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.

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Theatre Absolute in UK's first empty shop theatre

In the past year I have seen theatre in car parks, in department stores, office blocks, redeveloped shipyards, in a cycle rickshaw and in a railway tunnel, but until tonight I had never seen a performance in an old chip shop.

Theatre Absolute took over a Coventry chippy in December 2009 and created the first professional shop front theatre in the country, offering small-scale performances and lunchtime readings and generally helping to maintain a thriving community in the wake of (serious voice) GLOBAL FINANCIAL MELTDOWN. Chris O’Connell’s new short play, All The Things I’d Do For You, is the first work written specifically for the venue in City Arcade, so I’d spent my train journey wondering if it was going to be more like Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies, or more like that early episode of Spooks where Lisa Faulkner was bumped off in a deep fat fryer.

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Bonzos in Brighton: British silliness at its best

Brighton Komedia: Three Bonzos and a Piano

The expression 'madcap' is generally only applied these days to inventors. It's entirely appropriate, however, when applied to the delightfully British institution that is the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.