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Body & Blood – King’s Head Theatre, London

  Writer: Lorraine Mullaney Director: Fumi Gomez Reviewer: Maryam Philpott What would you sacrifice for your family? Anything you’re probably thinking, but that’s all very well in theory, when it comes to specifics you might not be so keen. Lorraine Mullaney’s new play Body & Blood set in 1956 considers the sacrifices young women in rural Ireland were frequently asked ...

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On Behalf of the People – National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield

Writer: Ray Castleton Director: Charlie Kenber Designer: Carl Davies Reviewer: Ron Simpson On Behalf of the People was commissioned from The Melting Shop by the National Coal Mining Museum as part of its commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the nationalisation of the mining industry. Ray Castleton claims that it’s about the people, not the politics, but in fact, it’s ...

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FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS with Kat Bond on Loo Roll

woman with five toilet rolls stuck to her head

It's that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A's. Next up, Kat Bond talks about her show Loo Roll. In one sentence tell us about your show. A character comedy show about family and a whole lot of loo roll. What made you decide to bring a show this year? Because I had ...

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MIF 2017: Returning to Reims – HOME, Manchester 

Writer: Didier Eribon adapted by The Schaubühne Adaptor: The Schaubühne Director:  Thomas Ostermeier Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Returning to Reims puts the International in the Manchester International Festival. The play is adapted from a best-selling French memoir, The Schaubühne Theatre Company is German and the main actor has featured in a US thriller TV series. European theatres enjoy greater subsidy than ...

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FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS with Cathy Owen

woman clearly upset poiting at someone out of shot

It's that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A's. Here we talk to Cathy Owen about the show Cathy. In one sentence tell us about your show. Cathy is the proud and heart-breaking story of a woman working hard to protect her family. What made you decide to come back to the show for ...

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FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS with Unpolished Theatre’s Flesh and Bone

three men and a woman gesturing menacingly fists clenched

It's that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A's. Here, we find out about Unpolished Theatre's Flesh and Bone. In one sentence tell us about your show. Shakespeare versus Guy Ritchie What made you decide to bring a show this year? Edinburgh is the Lion of Fringe Festivals and we want Flesh and ...

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FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS with Jeannot Painchaud on Cirkopolis by Cirque Eloize

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It's that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A's. Here, Jeannot Painchaud, President and Chief Creative Officer of Cirque Eloize, talks about Cirkopolis. In one sentence tell us about your show. Cirkopolis is a great blend of circus, dance, theatre with original music and innovative video projections. Cirkopolis is also a family, a ...

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Bent – National Theatre, London

Writer: Martin Sherman Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Stephen Bates On the weekend when the 50th Anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales is being celebrated, this rehearsed reading of Martin Sherman's landmark play Bent, acts as a sobering reminder of the horrors to which victimisation can lead. Stephen Daldry, then a young student, saw the play on its initial ...

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