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BRIGHTON FRINGE: My Feminist Boner – Marlborough Theatre

Reviewer: Simon Topping The show opens with us all in support therapy.  Sarah is trying to cut down on her beauty therapies, she's only watched three hours of fashion vlogs this week.  It's a marked improvement the audience are encouraged to applaud. Welcome to the world of Sarah Blanc. Surrounded by a bombardment of mixed messages on how to look ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Gun – The Warren

Creator: Phil Croft Reviewer: Simon Topping Hope Springs is laid out before us; a cactus, some tiny saloon doors and a wide painted American vista, fabulously created by Phil Croft, tell the audience we are in the wild west now, cowboy country. As the lights go up on stage Rosco "Black Jack" Porter, a washed up, rough and tumble outlaw ...

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NEWS: Return of festive favourite for Citizens Theatre’s first season at Tramway

Tickets are now on sale for the first two productions to be staged during the Citizens Theatre’s first season at Tramway: Cyrano de Bergerac and the return of one of the Citizens Theatre’s most successful productions to date, A Christmas Carol. While temporarily presenting work at Tramway, Citizens Theatre have stated that audiences can be assured that productions will retain ...

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Our Blue Heaven – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer/Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Molly Richardson  Our Blue Heaven is a new musical written and directed by Peter Rowe focusing on Ipswich Town Football Clubs historic FA Cup victory on 6 May 1978.  At first glance, the world of theatre and sport colliding may sound a bizarre and niche match, but in fact you’ll find it’s rather brilliant. The story focuses on ...

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The Next Thing – Exeter Phoenix

Artistic Director: Lucy Hirst Reviewer: Georgie Bird Inspired by Yuval Noah Harari’s best-selling book Homo Deus A Brief History of Tomorrow, The Next Thing covers a wide range of issues young people face in a thought-provoking and engaging manner. The Young Pretenders are a talented group of young actors ranging from ages 11 to 17, filling the stage dressed in a ...

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Playing the Joker – The Grove Hall, South Kirkby

Writer: Anthony Clavane Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Ron Simpson When Playing the Joker was first performed at Headingley Rugby League ground in 2014, my review stated, “It needs more” – more time, research, depth of characterisation, etc. It still needs more in this new production which has added nothing. However, this Red Ladder production has much value in the way ...

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Transparent Falsehood: An American Travesty – Theater 511, New York

Writer: Gil Kofman Director: Richard Caliban Reviewer: Jamie Rosler What, of art and satire, is the most effective, most worthy of our time, when reality can be so overwhelming as to seem fake itself? This question swiftly takes psychological primacy after an evening spent in the audience of Transparent Falsehood, Gil Kofman’s parody of Donald Trump and his presidency. According ...

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Bridget Christie – What Now? – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Bridget Christie’s recent Radio 4 series saw her at the top of her game. After years on the stand-up circuit with decidedly hit and miss shows that ranged from surreal nonsense to political rant, she seemed to have really discovered her own voice, delivering brilliantly cynical comedy that poked fun at her own liberal elitism in a ...

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