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Wot? No Fish – The Old Market, Hove

Writer/performer: Danny Braverman Director: Nick Philippou Visual Effects: Wallace MacDougall Reviewer: Bill Avenell What a lovely show! Gentle, poignant, amusing, slick, smelly, aren’t perhaps adjectives that sit together very often but they do when describing this production of Wot? No Fish from the re-born ‘bread and circuses’ company. The Old Market provides the ideal atmospheric venue for Danny Braverman to ...

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Joanna – The New Theatre, Dublin

Director: Aoife O’Donoghue Writer: Neil K. Sharpson Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Joanna, presented by WireBird Theatre Company, is a play whose potential far outweighs the quality of the play itself. The eponymous character is a cold-blooded murderer, who tortures men who rape women, yet evade the justice system. She is not as interesting a character as Neil K. Sharpson would like ...

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War Horse – Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director: Marianne Elliott, Tom Morris, Alex Sims Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage The National Theatre’s phenomenal touring production of War Horse which opened last night at Southampton’s Mayflower is a story that many people are aware of either through Michael Morpurgo’s book or the Stephen Spielberg film. However, nothing quite prepares you for seeing this show live on stage. ...

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Moon on a Rainbow Shawl – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Errol John Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: James Garrington Moon on a Rainbow Shawl was written during the late 1950s, and – although set in the Caribbean – it shares some of its style with the so-called ‘kitchen-sink’ dramas that were being produced by British playwrights at around that time. Despite having a promising pedigree, winning a play competition in ...

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Some Girl I Used to Know – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writers: Terry Ronald and Denise van Outen Director: Michael Howcroft Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Stephanie Canworth has it all. A highly successful designer of luxury lingerie, she stays in plush hotels, her life full of parties and champagne. But does she really have it all? She is being pursued by gossip columnists and the absence of her usually supportive husband at ...

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Victor Frankenstein – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Adaptor: Rose Biggin (from the novel by Mary Shelley) Director: Amy Liptrott Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Victor Frankenstein is full of ideas about the source novel, about performance, and about the nature of theatrical experience but these never quite come together into a coherent and satisfying production. There are many strong elements here but they are undermined by a range ...

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Homegrown – Z-Arts, Manchester

Femme by Taciturn Dance &Variations of the Heart by Tmesis Theatre Choreographers: Jennifer Hale, Jenny Rees, Jenna Roberts, Elinor Randle Music: La Femme, Los Zafiros, Meike Holzmann, Egle Mei Reviewer: Jo Beggs Homegrown is a new regular programme of work organised by Dance Manchester and Z-Arts showcasing local dance talent. If tonight’s offering is anything to go by this is ...

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What the Ladybird Heard – The Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Julia Donaldson Director: Graham Hubbard Reviewer: Clare Boswell What the Ladybird Heard currently playing at the Liverpool Playhouse is based upon Julia Donaldson’s and Lydia Monk’s popular award-winning book of the same name. Having read an abundance of children’s story books with my daughter over the past two years, What the Ladybird Heard is definitely one of the better ...

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