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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Eugene O'Neill Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Torran McEwan The play starts with an uncomfortable mimicry of a happy family. Mary and James, the parents of the family, are embarrassingly cute, professing their love for one another while their sons faux-retch. But despite everyone’s herculean efforts, the façade is falling apart. Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical play tracks one day, from breakfast ...

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Kindertransport – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Diane Samuels Director: Anne Simon Reviewer: Molly Richardson Kindertransportsounds joyful, like kindergarten or Kinder Surprise eggs; but the reality is the polar opposite, for this was the term used when thousands of children were sent away from their families in Germany ahead of the Second World War in order to escape the Nazi regime. The story begins in Hamburg, ...

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War Horse – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Nick Stafford From the novel by: Michael Morpurgo Directors: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris Reviewer: Gareth Davies More than a decade after first galloping onto the stage, the National Theatre's production of War Horse has been a major theatrical export, having played to over seven million around the world. In the centenary year of the end of the war ...

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Jersey Boys – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Des McAnuff Book: Marshall Brickman / Rick Elice Music / Lyrics: Bob Gaudio / Bob Crewe Reviewer: Helen Tope If you had to place a bet on how Jersey Boys begins, I would imagine a French rap would not figure at the top of your list. A startling opening for a jukebox musical, Jersey Boys declares its point of ...

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Half Breed  – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Natasha Marshall Director: Miranda Cromwell Reviewer: Richard Maguire Part poem, part performance, Natasha Marshall’s one-woman show returns to the Soho Theatre, before it embarks on a national tour. Specifically written in response to the lack of roles for non-white female actors, Half Breed traces teenaged Jazmin’s struggle with the small town blues. While Marshall gives a determined performance, some of ...

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Dames – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Charlotte Merriam Director: Jamie Garven Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Dames – there is nothing quite like one, but the word itself conjures an image of a particular type of woman; not placid or ladylike but complex, refusing to conform and possibly even dangerous. You imagine a femme fatale in a hard-boiled film noir, or a no-nonsense Jane Russell type refusing ...

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Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf – York Theatre Royal, Studio

Devised by Annie Castledine, Steve Trafford and Elizabeth Mansfield Writer/Translator: Steve Trafford Director: Damien Cruden Reviewer: Ron Simpson It’s telling that the first credit on Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf goes to the devisers, not the writer or director. It’s an effective dramatic concept that works well in combination with some timeless songs, but the text is limited ...

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Cathy – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Adrian Jackson Writer: Ali Taylor Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald To commemorate 50 years since the release of Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home and on their 25th anniversary, Cardboard Citizens theatre company revive Ali Taylor’s Cathy. After an unexpected visit from her new landlord, Cathy quickly finds herself possessing only the clothes she has stuffed in the bag carried by her ...

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