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Stand By – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Adam McNamara Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Daniel Cawley Stand By is an exceptionally well written and powerful piece of theatre from the pen of former police officer Adam McNamara, who reverently conveys to the audience the warts and all portrayal of the all too often hidden aspect of on the ground police work. By looking at the strength of ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Second Violinist – O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Enda Walsh Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The Second Violinist produces a series of after-images both literal and figurative. Like a camera flash, it reappears for some time after its conclusion. In this contemporary opera written by Enda Walsh and composed by Donnacha Dennehy for Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera, the life of a protagonist who tortures ...

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The Bastard King – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writers: Ralph Jones and Vyvyan Almond Reviewer:  James Garrington Imagine Game of Thrones mixed with a few of Shakespeare’s history plays and touches of Lord of the Rings, but with lots of laughs, and you have something close to The Bastard King. The one-act play is something like an extended comedy sketch, conceived, written and performed by The Awkard Silence, comedy ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: I’m Not Here – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Doireann Coady Director: Doireann Coady Reviewer: David Keane A vigil takes place but this is one like no other.  The ritual is repetitive, obsessive, and full of rumination.  A woman, Doireann, presides over the ceremony. It is witnessed by the stage manager, Gemma, and the audience. We are there. She is there. Her brother is not. I’m Not Here ...

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Ice Road – Jacob’s Wells Baths, Bristol

Writer: Sharon Clark Director: Kate Hewitt Designer: Conor Murphy  Music: Timothy X Atack  Reviewer: Leah Tozer  It’s late. We’re walking into a snow-covered scene, carrying a rose to ‘pay our respects’. We are greeted by rows of radios that remind us of gravestones that we pick up and put around our necks – and just like that, in walking from one room to another, Raucous’ Ice ...

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Entertaining Mr Sloane – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

An older and a younger man

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Ian Craddock Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Joe Orton’s black comedy, Entertaining Mr Sloane, premiered in London in 1964 and has had several revivals since. It tells a story of sexual manipulation, though who is being manipulated and by whom becomes less clear as the play progresses. Kath (Elaine Ward) is a middle-aged lady living with her father, ...

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War Horse – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Nick Stafford from the original by Michael Morpurgo Director: Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris Movement: Toby Sedgwick Reviewer: Neill Barston From the moment the opening sequences of War Horse play out in a rural Devonshire field, this remarkable work of theatre remains truly captivating. As its author Michael Morpurgo – who attended the Canterbury press night marking the 10th ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Choreographer: Richard Alston Reviewer:  Maggie Constable At the Derngate this week, Richard Alston Dance Company (RADC) stages yet another set of wonderfully exotic dances, in the form of Carnaval, Chacony and Gypsy Mixture, which have rightly received much praise from critics and public alike. The company is renowned for its dynamic choreography and its highly-skilled and athletic dancers. A bonus this ...

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