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Knot – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Knot is the story of two lovers and ‘the invisible string that connects’ them. Presented on Valentine’s night in The Lowry’s Aldridge Studio, it’s just possibly not the story of two lovers you might expect. Performed by Nikki and JD – hand-to-hand acrobalance artists Nikki Rummer and Jean-Daniel Broussé – Knot is a hybrid of acrobatic cirque, ...

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You – The Vaults, London

Writer: Mark Wilson Director: Sarah Meadows Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Loneliness and shame are the abiding feelings of very young women forced to give-up their child for adoption, but while families did all they could to hide this social indiscretion from their neighbours, incidences were quite widespread. Mark Wilson’s 2015 narrative play You which is revived at the Vaults Festival demonstrates ...

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde  – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor: David Edgar Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Richard Maguire What if man were made of two halves? A base half and a higher half? And what if one half spoke in a posh Edinburgh brogue and the other in a thick Glaswegian accent? These are the questions asked in the Rose Theatre’s confusing new production of ...

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Birdsong – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff (adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks) Directors: Alastair Whatley and Charlotte Peters Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting: Alex Wardle Sound: Dominic Bilkey Reviewer: Janet Jepson Any mention of the First World War, otherwise known as the Great War, evokes in most people a sense of waste. All those young, often underage, innocent lives lost needlessly; swathes of ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Alastair Whatley Writer: Oscar Wilde Reviewer: Helen Tope There are few writers who can boast such a reputation as Oscar Wilde. His death in 1900, after a spectacular fall from grace, is a story so compelling it almost eclipses his impressive list of credits – almost. An Ideal Husband, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Importance of Being Earnest takes top ...

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The Match Box – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Frank McGuinness Director: Richard Baron Reviewer: Emily Hall In ninety minutes acclaimed Irish playwright Frank McGuinness depicts the complete transformation of single Irish mother upon the sudden loss of her twelve year old daughter. Dark and captivating, the Scottish premiere of The Match Box at Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh unsettles as much as it compels. Janet Coulson delivers the ...

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Rita, Sue, and Bob Too – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer : Andrea Dunbar Director: Kate Wasserberg Reviewer: Torran McEwan ‘I don’t mess about with kids’ Bob insists to his wife, ‘how could I do a thing like that?’ Someone in the audience titters. This moment is disturbing. It illustrates Bob’s awareness that his grooming of two underage girls is wrong, but that he is unwilling to stop. Somehow in ...

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