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Babel – Caledonian Park, London

Producers: WildWorks, Battersea Arts Centre, World Stages London Reviewer: Benjamin Vivian-Jones [rating:3.5]   The story of Babel is set deep within many traditions and religions. The tower and city appear in the Book of Genesis, the direct architectural result of the world's inhabitants - "in the beginning the people was one". This etiology accounts for the reason why the earth ...

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The Beekeeper – Waterloo East, London

Writer: Michael Ashton Director: Adrian McDougall Reviewer: Theo Cowan [rating: 3]   Michael Ashton’s The Beekeeper explores the unusual relationship built between Monowitz prisoner Menachem Stressler (Eliot Giuralarocca) and Commandant Richard Baer (Robert Harding). Protagonist Stressler is Monowitz’s allocated beekeeper, supplying honey for the Nazi officers. Seen by his peers as a collaborator, he is kept in isolation by the ...

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Pandora’s Box – Arcola Theatre Tent, Dalston

Writer/ Producer: Ade Solanke Director: Ola Animashawun Reviewer: Louise Thompson [rating: 5]   I have approximately 500 words in which I can review this play and all I want to write is 'absolutely brilliant' 250 times. However, I will give a little bit more information and tell you why I think this deserves a five star review. Pandora's Box is ...

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Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks – The Public, West Bromwich

Writers: Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon Director: Brian Mitchell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] The Foundry Group describes itself as a band of writers and performers committed to producing affordable, popular, intelligent touring shows with a broad appeal. This is certainly the case with this offering, which premiered at the 2011 Brighton Fringe where it deservedly won a Fringe Guru Editor’s ...

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Tender Napalm – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Karen McCandless [Rating:4] Violent, full of very strong language and a bit trippy, Tender Napalm is not a play that will appeal to everyone. Phillip Ridley’s critically acclaimed new work pushed the boundaries of the theatre world and was one of the most controversial pieces that has ever played at the Curve. Ridley’s ...

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Mother Adam – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Charles Dyer Director: Gene David Kirk Reviewer: Sheila Cornelius [rating:3.5] Jermyn Street Theatre’s production of a rarely performed, fascinating sixties tragedy is a real treat for theatre-goers and was warmly applauded by an enthusiastic audience. Adam’s elderly mother is the last survivor of a missionary family whose members met various gruesome ends in outposts of the Empire. Now bedridden ...

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DNA – Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Shane Morgan [rating: 5] Writer Dennis Kelly struck gold when he wrote Deoxyribonucleic Acid for the National Theatre's 2007 Connections Festival. It received its professional debut at the National, rapidly became the play of choice for young actors and landed on the school syllabus as a set text. Hull Truck Theatre have a ...

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