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Obama and Me – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Sylvia Arthur Reviewer: RL Bartholomew Sylvia Arthur used to be a dynamic Brussels-based communications strategist whose task was to promote the controversial Fourth Freedom - unrestricted movement of people inside the Euro zone. Black, efficient, and articulate, she could have been a poster girl for a thoroughly open, outward-looking Europe. Instead, Arthur discovered - just like Obama did in ...

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War Horse – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Nick Stafford (from Michael Morpurgo’s novel) Director: Marianna Elliott & Tom Morris Designer: Rae Smith Puppet Design and Direction: Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler Choreographer: Toby Sedgwick  Music: Adrian Sutton Reviewer: Leah Tozer  War Horse may be a show about horses, but it has the most heart, the most heroism, and the most humanity of any show you’ll ever see. The tale of Joey the horse and ...

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A Murder is Announced – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Agatha Christie Adaptor: Leslie Darbon Director/Designer: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Ron Simpson The problems with Agatha Christie plays are mainly a matter of balancing plot and people and presenting an archaic Englishness without too much stuffiness or implied chauvinism. Christie herself could do this with a suitably light touch between the dramatic revelations, but in Middle Ground Theatre’s production Leslie ...

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Clod Ensemble: Under Glass – The Lowry, Salford

Direction: Suzy Willson Music: Paul Clark Lighting: Hansjörg Schmidt Reviewer: Peter Jacobs In 2016 as part of The Lowry’s inaugural Week 53 festival – which returns next year – Clod Ensemble repurposed the entire auditorium and stage of the huge Lyric Theatre for the strikingly-memorable An Anatomie in Four Quarters. Now it is the turn of the Quays Theatre to ...

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Golem – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer and Director: Suzanne Andrade Film, Animation and Design: Paul Barritt Music: Lillian Henley Reviewer: Daryl Holden The world that 1927’s Golem portrays is one of social decline. A world where individualism leads down the path to nonexistence and consumerism inevitably ends up at the top of the food chain. By all means, it’s a story that the theatre seems ...

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The Weir – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Conor McPherson Director:  Adele Thomas Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest In a tiny local pub, in the depths of rural Ireland, five people come together, drink and tell stories. Brendon, the young owner, stands and listens, while Jack and Jim, a cantankerous old sot and his more mild-mannered associate, trade barbs with Finbar, their wealthy, successful friend and sparring-partner. Completing the ...

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Rattle Snake – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Catrina McHugh Director: Charlotte Bennett Set Designer: Anna Reid Reviewer: Ron Simpson Rattle Snake succeeds admirably in its intention of revealing the truth about coercive control in domestic abuse, though at less than an hour it is an undeveloped, if highly involving, piece of theatre. Open Clasp’s production began life at Newcastle’s Live Theatre, but it is based on a ...

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Medusa – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Producers: Chloë Whitehead and Alexander Palmer with Proper Job Theatre Company Artistic Director: James Heals Writer: Helen Mort Reviewer: Ruth Jepson In the light of the Harvey Weinstein revelations this month, Proper Job Theatre Company's production of Medusa is a timely contribution to the #metoo conversation. With a mix of monologue, duologue, live music, and singing, five actors tell a ...

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