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Dorian Gray – Riverside Studios, London

Writer and Director: Linnie Reedman Music and Lyrics: Joe Evans Reviewer: Stephen Bates Oscar Wilde’s narcissistic fantasy of eternal youth has entered our collective consciousness to the extent that almost everyone knows the very simple story - handsome young man does a deal with the Devil so that his portrait ages while he stays young. However, if simplicity is a ...

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The Perfect Murder – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Peter James Adaptor: Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Andy Moseley As the lights go up in Richmond Theatre, an imaginative, well-constructed, stage set is revealed, with two raised bedrooms at either end, and a living room and kitchen at a lower level. The attention to detail Michael Holt has given to the individual rooms and the overall design ...

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Kiss of the Chicken King – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Composers: Oscar McLennan and Martin Tourish Writer: Oscar McLennan Reviewer: Westley Barnes Oscar McLennan’s Kiss of The Chicken King at the Project Arts Centre sets the audience up for a whimsical look at what being a cultural outsider in Margaret Thatcher’s Falklands-era government would be like with its empire-clutching aggressiveness and England-for-England’s sake rhetoric. An expressively lit stage (designed by ...

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The Anatomy of Melancholy – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Robert Burton Adaptor: Stan’s Café Director: James Yarker and the cast Reviewer: Jo Beggs “The show is long and full of content” advises the programme for The Anatomy of Melancholy, “Don’t worry if you find yourself drifting off and thinking of something else. This is natural – just enjoy those thoughts and when they end come back to the ...

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Mark Thomas:100 Acts of Minor Decent – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Laura Orton Mark Thomas is a 51 year old libertarian anarchist(to use his own words). He is also a master at comedy. His latest show, 100 Acts of Minor Decent, documents his last year (due to be concluded in May) where he does exactly that. His acts of ‘decent’ range from small annoyances like posting spam mail back to ...

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Tom – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Mike James Director: Geinor Styles Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Long before Sir Tom Jones sat in the big red revolving chairs on The Voice, a young Tommy Woodward was gaining his own reputation for his own voice in the pubs and clubs of 1960s Pontypridd. From singing ballads solo in the pub to standing in ...

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Tender Napalm – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Chris Darnall Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Tender Napalmis a mind-blowing piece of writing from Philip Ridley. Clever, witty, poetic and emotive, this play has it all. In its Welsh premiere from Company of Sirens, enter the fantasy world of an unknown couple in an unknown place and see reality trying to rear its ugly head in their ...

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Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play – Cast, Doncaster

Adapted by Jonathan Lloyd Director: Roman Stefanski Reviewer: Andrew White If you’ve got children under the age of around 10, you’ll be more than familiar with Charlie and his little sister Lola - who is small and very funny. Created by writer and illustrator Lauren Child in 2000, they first starred in a series of picture books before hitting the ...

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