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I’m sure that you’ve been hearing murmurs about the world premiere of Girl from the North Country, the engaging new piece from esteemed playwright Conor McPherson featuring classic songs from Bob Dylan, but what is it all about?

Roald Dahl’s writing created a world of wonder and fun, a place where children were important and some adults reprehensible. His world is filled with awe and adventure and is a place many of us would desire to visit. Thanks to the enduring appeal of Tim Minchin’s collaboration with the RSC, we can.

It is quite a feat to hold a premiere of a play, some 40 years after the playwright has passed. Alongside the fact two texts (Less than Kind and the rewritten version of Love in Idleness) had been combined, I was looking forward to what the night had to offer. A stellar cast is presented to the audience, Anthony Head together with Eve Best are the best-placed actors for this, at times long, play.

Motown music is brilliant, and Motown the Musical is a fun, highly energetic celebration of that. The quality of the production is great, but is it more concert that musical? I think so.

I had intended to see "The Girls" much nearer the start of it’s run, but as life happens it ended up taking me just short of 4 months into it’s run until I caught it – now there’s sadly just 5 weeks left to catch it in the West End. Therefore I thought I’d give you 5 reasons why you should go and see it.   

Children have always been a huge part of theatre, but I think it is now safe to say that their talent and enthusiasm is slowly dominating the West End, and with good reason too. Currently in the West End, we have maggots, orphans, rock stars, lions cubs and mini MJs. Along with touring ballerinas and the plucky pickpocketers opening this summer at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre  – I think the loudest song needs to go to the children who are smashing these West End productions, night after night.  

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