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Trying It On – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: David Edgar Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Selwyn Knight David Edgar is 70 this year. Simple subtraction shows that he was 20 in 1968, the year known for student unrest and demonstrations across the world. And while Edgar didn’t take part in demonstrations, he was nevertheless beating the socialist drum as chair of the Socialist Society (or “SocSoc”) at Manchester ...

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Birdsong – Derby Theatre

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff from the book by Sebastian Faulks Directors: Alistair Whatley and Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Dave Smith Sebastian Faulks’ 1993 novel is something of a modern classic and this stage adaptation, originally seen at the Comedy Theatre in 2010, is now being brought to a wider audience via a major national tour timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ...

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Monogamy – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is a moment where dinner, as prepared by Caroline Mortimer (“Britain’s second favourite TV cook”) emerges from the oven, charred and smoking, overdone because the character’s attention was wandering all over the place. As goes the family roast, so goes Monogamy, which collapses under its writer’s inability to focus. Torben ...

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I am of Ireland – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer:  Seamus Finnegan Director:  Ken McClymont Reviewer:  Richard Maguire I am of Ireland is an ambitious state-of-the-nation play, boldly involving both the South and Northern Ireland, both Catholics and Protestants. It attempts to trace the history of Ireland over the last hundred years or so, and think about its future, and according to this play, it’s a bleak one. The Good ...

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The Fourth Wall – The A.R.T./New York Theatres, New York

Writer: A. R. Gurney Director: Christopher Burris Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers A.R. Gurney’s The Fourth Wall can be a tricky play to effectively produce. How does one strike a balance between the presentationalism required by the circumstances of characters who openly address being unnerved by a fourth wall, while creating a connection that compels the audience to want that wall to ...

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The Darkness or Else The Light – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Corinne Salisbury Director: Catherine Exposito Reviewer: Dominic Corr If knowledge is power, then social mediums are its deities. We feed them daily, pray to them and seek their approval. Strange Town theatre company recognises these platforms’ monstrous yet seductive omnipotence. Aspiring to bring emerging Scottish talent to the forefront they are fast becoming a fully recognised name. Their endeavour ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Director: Guillaume Pigé Composer: Alex Judd Devised by Theatre Re Reviewer: Leah Tozer Memory is a cruel mistress: meticulous and muscular, ephemeral and fractured and fragile, it’s all too easy to forget how crucial memory is to character; after all, what – or who – is left when memories are forgotten? Theatre Re’s thoughtful and affecting The Nature of Forgetting ...

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Swallows and Amazons – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Arthur Ransome Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Katie Posner Reviewer: Jo Beggs Just over a year after opening, Chester’s Storyhouse delivers its second fast-paced version of a classic children’s novel. Last Christmas saw Enid Blyton’sThe Secret Sevendeftly brought to the stage by Storyhouse Director Alex Clifton, and we get another helping of good clean fun in this perfectly pitched summer ...

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