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MUD – Teatro Círculo, New York

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Writer: Maria Irene Fornés Director: Elena Araoz Reviewer: Robert Price Mae is doing her best to learn to read at school but she has trouble retaining. At home she irons the pristine clothes of other people while she cooks for Floyd. Floyd can’t read at all but he’s proud of his accomplishments. He postures and brags like a seven-year-old about ...

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Yana and Yeti – 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol

Writer: Pickled Image and Hattie Naylor Director: Emma Lloyd Reviewer: Swati Arora The Norwegian landscape is the protagonist in this visually stunning story of Yana as she finds herself in the middle of unfamiliar mountains and people, far away from home. This beautiful production is well-crafted and is performed to gorgeous music as Yana finds shelter and friendship in Yeti ...

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Oliver Twist – Kirkgate Market, Leeds

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Olivia Race Directors: Olivia Race, Samuel McKay Composer: Robert Collins Musical Director: Claire-Marie Seddon Reviewer: Ron Simpson Olivia Race’s concept for Front Room Productions is imaginative and engaging. Oliver Twist is acted out in Leeds’ Kirkgate Market (Edwardian, not Victorian, but with a suitable period feel), an audience of 40 promenading through various locations in the ...

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You Have Been Watching – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer/Director: Lucy Campbell Designer: Laura Ann Price Dance Artist: Vanessa Grasse Reviewer: Ron Simpson Huddersfield-based Dark Horse Theatre offers training courses in theatre to adults with learning disabilities and helps some of them to become professional actors. With You Have Been Watching, which ended its short Yorkshire tour at Scarborough, the company has been able to field a full cast ...

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Mobile – Harrogate Theatre

Devised by: The Paper Birds Co-Directors: Jemma McDonnell, Kylie Walsh Projection, Video & Sound: The Media Workshop Reviewer: Ron Simpson An audience of up to eight people sits in a conventionally comfortable caravan while the rain beats on the roof (at least it did on the first night in Harrogate) and a pleasantly chatty young woman hands round biscuits and ...

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Heroine – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Nessah Muthy Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Clare Boswell Heroine by Nessah Muthy is a play with a strong political message. Centred around ex-soldier Grace (Asmara Gabrielle), Heroine turns the tables on the Radical-Islam question. It asks it's audience to consider whether it is right, or indeed conducive within a progressive society, to shut down dialogue on uncomfortable issues, brandishing all ...

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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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