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Educating Rita – The Dukes, Lancaster

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin This well-loved, well-known dramatic comedy takes place entirely within the offices of an English Literature professor, Frank, at an unnamed university as he meets with his first Open University student, Rita,  a Scouse working-class hairdresser seeking to know ‘everything’. Willy Russell’s play is known by many from the 1983 film starring ...

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National Youth Dance Company: Used to be Blonde – Sadler’s Wells, London

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Sharon Eyal Reviewer: Scott Matthewman NYDC’s remit is to create innovative and influential dance, bringing together young dance talent from across England. Under the direction of their 2017-18guest artistic director, Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal, Used to be Blonde brings together 41 dancers, most aged from 16 to 18, to form an hour-long piece of pulsing dance. Driven ...

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Plastic – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Kenneth Emson Director: Josh Roche Reviewer: Stephen Bates With news stories again dominated by sickening violence on London’s streets, the arrival in the city of Essex playwright Kenneth Emson’s Plastic is about as timely as it could get. The 70-minute verse play, a dark thriller first seen at the 2015 Latitude Festival, gives a devastating account of how peer ...

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Pressure – Park Theatre, London

Writer: David Haig Director: John Dove Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the same week that the Royal Air Force celebrates the 100thanniversary of its establishment as an independent service, uniting the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, David Haig presents his new play about the unusual role of RAF personnel in the run-up to D-Day at the Park ...

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Shakers – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writers: John Godber and Jane Thornton Light/Sound: Alistair Fox Director: Neil Knipe Reviewer: Janet Jepson John Godber wrote his well-known ‘lads’ play Bouncers in 1977 and it was inevitable that a female version would be conceived, so Shakers was created in 1985 in collaboration with Jane Thornton. To this day, big brother Bouncers is still much more famous and much ...

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urbanJATRA – Dixon Place, New York

Choreographer: Brinda Guha Reviewer: Jamie Rosler The least enjoyable part of being an audience member at Kalamandir Dance Company’s urbanJATRA at Dixon Place is reading the production and company blurbs in the program. An attempt to translate visual and physical art forms into the written word will often fall short, minimizing more than enhancing the spectator’s experience.* The work is ...

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Then Again – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Created and devised by Tremolo Theatre Company Directors: Helena Middleton and Jack Drewry Reviewer: Joan Phillips This short 60-minute play downstairs in The Lab performing space at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth is a light-hearted, but cautionary, tale about relationships in the digital age. Created and devised by Bristol-based Tremolo Theatre Company, Then Again tells the story of the awkward Millie, who ...

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