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Our Country’s Good – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbarker Director: Gerry Mulgrew Reviewer: Lesley J. Russell Eleven actors from the Masters in Classical and Contemporary Text programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland take on the 22 rôles of Timberlake Wertenbarker’s playOur Country’s Goodbased on the Thomas Keneally novelThe Playmaker. The play premiered in 1988 at the Royal Court and is based on the true story ...

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Low Level Panic – Nuns’ Island Theatre, Galway

Director: Justin Martin Writer: Clare McIntyre Music: Claire Healy, Patrick O’Toole and Darren Concannon Lyrics: Clare McIntyre and Claire Healy Reviewer: Siobhán O’ Gorman A woman enters a bathroom and strips naked. Meanwhile, the sound of a man giving a lecture on the history of feminism emanates from a laptop on a chair beside the filled bath. Switching off the ...

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Charlie Baker: Baker’s Dozen – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham Charlie Baker took to the stage at The Lowry looking very different to the posters up outside the venue last night. He informs the near capacity audience he has undergone somewhat of a makeover and he looks much better for it. Baker’s Dozen is a show which began life up at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival and played ...

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Microcosm – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Matt Hartley Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Should you get involved and are you prepared for the consequences if you do? This is the question posed by Matt Hartley’s new play Microcosm examining the suffocating effect of gang intimidation on the innocent homeowner. It opens with the rousing first lines of 'On the Street Where You Live', as ...

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How to Build a BetterTulip – Tabard Theatre, London

Writer and director: Mark Giesser Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Set in the Plant Genetics Faculty of an underfunded minor English university, two rival scientists vie for space and facilities. They work in what is no more than a ramshackle greenhouse which set designer Giulia Scrimieri has squeezed into a triangular floor space, setting the scene with rickety shelves of plants and ...

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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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