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Ah, Wilderness – London Theatre Workshop, London

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Brandon Force Reviewer: Andy Moseley For anyone who saw the recent revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, or knows about Eugene O’Neill’s life or plays, Ah, Wilderness is something of an oddity. A semi-biographical comedy from a writer more closely associated with plays that paint bleak, if not tragic, pictures of ruined lives. More curiously, ...

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Birangona: Women Of War – Lost Theatre, London

Writer: Samina Luthfa and Leesa Gazi Director: Filiz Ozcan Reviewer: Christopher Hong In the East Pakistan fight for independence in 1971, which lead to the establishment of Bangladesh, 200,000 women were raped and tortured. While the fighters were celebrated, these women had to live their lives ignored by society and with the stigma attached which affected even their offspring. The ...

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ShellShock – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Writer: Tim Thomas (music, book and lyrics) Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The issue of combat "shell shock" - in a modern context, diagnosed as "combat stress reaction" or post-traumatic stress disorder - seems to be an odd subject for a musical. That's a reaction that's only compounded by Waterloo East's new production, Shell Shock. Set in 1975, the ...

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LAMBO – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Director: Ronan Phelan Writer: Hugh Travers Reviewer: Ciara Murphy It’s always a risk when you impart comedy onto Ireland’s well known and much loved, and hated, household names but in LAMBO the familiarity works. Funny and baffling at the same time, Travers takes the audience on a witty reimagining of one man’s attempt at survival, both on and off the ...

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Robin Ince is (In and) Out of his Mind – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Robin Ince Reviewer: Laura Orton   Robin Ince is a comedian. He also happens to be a Doctor of science, an impressionist and a public speaker to name but a few of his skills. He is an enigmatic character with bounds of energy and a bizarre inability to finish a sentence. To give a synopsis of his latest show, ...

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Special Measures – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer : Mark Davies Markham Director : Ken Alexander Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe St Jude's (Patron saint of no-hopers) primary school in Netherton has been placed into special measures following a damning OFSTED report. MP Thomas Winters is in the Prime Ministers bad-books for whacking him in the balls thanks to his limp grip on a croquet bat and has now ...

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The Addams Family – People’s Theatre, Newcastle

Music &Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Directer: Lee Rosher &Kate Ross Reviewer: Mark Clegg Starting as single-panel comic gags in the New Yorker, Charles Addams’ creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky characters came to prominence in the memorable ‘60s TV series and later in a couple of hit movies in the ‘90s. It is surprising that it ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Music: Conrad Nelson Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Sue Collier It is 1914. Everyone has stopped working at the mill and they are excitedly preparing for ‘Wakes Week’, the celebration of the Rushbearing Festival. The local Morris Dancing team are rehearsing for their parade through the village and the Rush Wagon is piled high with cut reeds, on ...

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