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TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE: The Carved Soul – Smock Alley, Dublin

Puppeteer: Jason Lambert Movement Specialist: Claire Walsh Reviewer: Clara Mallon No Strings Attached Theatre brings their new production The Carved Soul to the Boys School Smock Alley Theatre in Temple Bar. Part puppetry, part musical, part comedy and part deathbed drama, this piece takes us through life-size puppet Ollie’s last moments as a “living” specimen. No Strings Attached skilled puppeteers ...

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The Mousetrap (Tour) – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald As the longest running show of any kind in British theatre history, The Mousetrap has left audiences guessing for more than 60 years. Back by popular demand, this 60th Anniversary production brings Monkswell Manor to theatres across the UK and delivers a thoroughly fitting dramatization of Christie’s classic play. When a ...

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TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE: How to Build Your First Robot – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writers: Ian Toner &Keith-James Walker Director: Sarah Finlay Reviewer: Sophie Ryan It’s a story we have all heard before. Boy gets dream job. Boy loses dream job. Boy builds robot in a bid to get his dream job back. Wait, what? Ian Toner and Keith-James Walker’s story How To Build Your First Robot devised by Monkey Backstage provides a unique ...

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Ghost From A Perfect Place – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Russell Bolam Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   Have you many good memories? If you didn't, do you think you could create some and believe in them so much they became real? If you took a look at the timeline, and built your fantasist’s reality around events that actually happened, you may just sound plausible enough that others ...

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The Full Monty – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Roger Haines Reviewer: Laura Maley In 1997 a British film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers took the world by storm, and winning four Academy Award nominations. The Full Monty’s Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy has adapted that film for the stage and wins over a full house at Manchester’s Opera House. Ex-colleagues Gaz (Gary Lucy) and Dave ...

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The Me Plays: Response Evening – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writers: Thomas Jones &Nikolai Ribnikov, Natasha Collie, Tom Hartwell, Shaun Kitchener, Frankie Meredith, Harriet Madeley and Henry Ashe-Jepson Directors: Scott Ellis, Anne Stoffels, Elliot Brown, Anoushka Bonwick, SusanCrothers and Maud Drumgoole Reviewer: Stephen Bates   In a move to encourage up and coming writers, the producers of Andrew Maddock’s excellent pair of monologues The Me Plays invited a group of ...

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Sister Act – Grand Opera House, York

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glen Slater Book: Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner Director: Nik Briggs Reviewer: Mark Clegg In an era where the vast majority of new musicals are based on a recognised brand, it is not surprising that the movie Sister Act found its way to the stage. What is surprising is how long it took to get there. ...

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