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RED – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: John Logan Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: Colm G Doran ‘…Red’ It is the title that frames this co-production by Prime Cut Productions and The Lyric, uttered by a spluttering Ken played by Thomas Finnegan in answer to the indomitable artist Mark Rothko played by Patrick O’Kane.  Moments before, the scene opens on a pensive Rothko surveying the audience, he ...

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The Train – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Arthur Riordan Composer: Bill Whelan Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Saoirse Anton   “We’ll show the old farts who maintain their dominance Over our constituent parts The time is near, to kick against the pricks Sign up here, for gender politics.” Just minutes down the road from the Abbey Theatre, at Connolly Station on the 22nd May 1971, members of ...

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La Strada- Bristol Old Vic

Original Film:  Federico Fellini Adaptor: Sally Cookson, Mike Ackers and Company Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer Kris Hallett Federico Fellini’s films have always felt ripe for theatrical reinvention but haven’t always worked when they eventually hit the stage. For every successful production, think 8 ½ turned into terrific Broadway musical Nine by Maury Yeston, there have been as many flops. Lionel ...

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All or Nothing – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Book: Carol Harrison Music & Lyrics: The Small Faces Director: Carol Harrison Originating Director: Tony McHale Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A guitar smashes, someone storms off stage and so starts the story of seminal Mod band The Small Faces. Following in the footsteps of the Kinks' musical Sunny Afternoon, All or Nothing capitalises on the wave of nostalgia for 60s bands, and ...

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Babe, The Sheep Pig – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Dick King-Smith Adaptor: David Wood Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Jay Nuttall After performing for an extended period over Christmas and New Year at their home in Wimbledon, Polka Theatre’s heart-warming tale of bravery embarks on a UK tour beginning at The Lowry. Beautiful design and puppetry are at the heart of this superb production about a little pig who ...

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Queen of Carnage – The Space, London

Creative Lead / Director: Sobriety Twist Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There is a point where performance art and theatre intersect and it’s usually at the more absurdist end of the theatrical scale, but fetish performance is something you rarely come across depending on how sheltered a life you’ve led and presumably the venues you frequent. The Space is hosting Sobriety Twist’s ...

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Twelfth Night – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: David Jobson Last year with a cast of young actors Paul Hart made his debut as the Watermill Theatre’s new artistic director with a production of Romeo + Juliet. A revival that used the tiny Watermill Theatre to its full potential in many creative ways. Now, for the theatre’s 50th anniversary, Hart continues his success ...

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The Devil’s Passion – St James’ Church, Piccadilly, London

Writer: Justin Butcher Director: Guy Masterson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The greatest story ever told was never really one story at all; it was a collection of narratives, reminiscences and experiences of people who encountered one particular man for a few minutes or a few years which have been fashioned into one ‘account’ of the life and death of the son ...

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