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A Trick to Catch the Old One – Rose Playhouse Bankside, London

Writer: Thomas Middleton Director: Jenny Eastop Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Thomas Middleton’s comedic Jacobean romp A Trick to Catch the Old One is given a 1920’s twist in this new production at the historic Rose Theatre. The first Elizabethan theatre in London, the Rose in now an archaeological site, preserved for the nation. With no heating, it can be a chilly ...

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ScottishWidows– White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Grae Cleugh Director: Andy Dickinson Reviewer: Jon Wainwright The hessian sheets that cover the floor and rear wall of the White Bear Theatre create a beige world of bereavement. The lack of colour evokes the absence of the loved one in the life of the partner left behind, the rough weave the raw, hairshirt suffering that makes up the ...

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Spiers and Boden: Goodbye, The Final Tour – Harrogate Theatre

Music: John Spiers &Jon Boden Reviewer: Sue Collier Having played together for over 14 years, Radio Two Folk Award winning duo Spiers and Boden have announced this to be their last tour together as a duo for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, this is not as a result of them splitting up, but rather that they will be returning to playing ...

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Luna – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Miranda Thain Director and Deviser: Sarah Argent Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Devising a show to keep 2-5 year-olds amused for 50 minutes has to be a leap in the dark. But this dark has the magic of moonbeams and the wonder of stars to enchant the wide-eyed youngsters many of whom were nestling on the laps of mums and dads. ...

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IDGTF: Aunty Ben – Teacher’s Club, Dublin

Writer/Director: Sian Ní Mhuirí Reviewer: Bryan Hogan Aunty Ben is presented by Super Paua at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. Super Paua is a newly established production company from 2013 and is the brain child of Sian Ní Mhuirí. Aunty Ben is also the winner of the Ideas Tap Brighton Fringe Award 2014. Aunty Ben has received some attention ...

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The Gondoliers – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Lyrics: W S Gilbert Music: Arthur Sullivan Director: Jeff Clarke Reviewer: Michael Gray   The Venetian Initiative sees Opera della Luna, that iconoclastic, hugely entertaining pocket opera company, taking the Gilbert and Sullivan gospel into the community. In its most ambitious venture yet, with Arts Council funding, they are recruiting a team of young music-theatre performers for each venue, opening ...

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The Tempest – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andy Arnold Design: Hazel Blue Lighting Design: Sergey Jakovsky Sound Design: Barry McCall Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Tron Artistic Director Andy Arnold directs a predominantly female cast from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s MA Classical and Contemporary Text programme, in this his Mayfesto production of The Tempest: Shakespeare’s tale of magic, morality, love and betrayal. While the ...

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The C Project – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Rebekah Harrison (Balls to It), Ian Townsend (Q and A), James Leach (Ash), Sarah McDonald Hughes and Becky Garrod (One Direction), Chris Hoyle (Leg It), Francesca Waite (Dynamite) and Jo Kirtley (The C Card) Directors: Caitlin Gleeson (Balls to It), Alxy Tole (Q and A and Leg It), Adam Quayle (Ash), Martin Gibbons (One Direction and Dynamite), and Martha ...

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