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Somewhere a Gunner Fires – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer and director: Tom Stuchfield Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Debuting in the centenary of the end of World War I, Tom Stuchfield’s play Somewhere a Gunner Fires, set in that conflict, has gestated for over ten years, its characters developing as the play was worked and reworked. It certainly shows. The play’s two central characters – Spencer, an English private (played ...

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Again – Trafalgar Studios 2

Writer: Stephanie Jacobs Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Feeling like a bit of sci-fi combined with familiar strife, Again ticks some great boxes but leaves some important ones passed over. The audience in the Trafalgar Studio’s downstairs space are voyeurs to a small family, injured by the parents’ divorce and struggling to keep it all together. On the male ...

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Monolog – Chickenshed Theatre, London

Writer: Various Director: Lou Stein Reviewer: Deborah Parry When you think monologue – Alan Bennett's Talking Heads would likely spring to mind. What started out as a collection of screenplays, first broadcast on the BBC in the 1980s, they have since gained worldwide fame, with the pieces being adapted for the stage and have been frequently performed around the globe. ...

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The Moor – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Catherine Lucie Director: Blythe Stewart Reviewer: Maryam Philpott How much do you trust your own judgement, and how sure can you be that your recollection of events is the right one? Memory is a subjective thing, not only shaped by individual perception but also by subsequent repetition and retelling, so over time what we remember becomes little more than ...

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All or Nothing: The Mod Musical  – Arts Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Carol Harrison Reviewer: Richard Maguire Some definitions may come in useful for this musical based on the story of 60s band, The Small Faces: a ‘bird’ is a young woman, a ‘sort’ is a good-looking woman, ‘Hayley Mills’ are pills, amphetamines to be precise, while a ‘face’ is one of the Mod elite. After seeing All or Nothing, you’ll ...

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The Drill – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writers: Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens Director: Billy Barrett Reviewer: Richard Maguire We often wonder how we would react to an emergency.  Would we still be able to deliver life-saving assistance to someone while bullets rattle above our heads? To truly prepare for such incidents the emergency services practise with the help of elaborate simulations, where people act out the ...

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Gundog – The Royal Court, London

Writer: Simon Longman Director: Vicky Featherstone Reviewer: Sophia Moss Gundog is a bleak, emotionally exhausting tale of poverty, loss and loneliness set in the deafening silence of a decrepit farm in the middle of nowhere. Dealing with heavy themes like dementia, suicide, poverty and the discrepancies between rural and urban life, Gundog will change your perception of the countryside forever. ...

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The Jungle Book – Richmond Theatre

Writer/lyrics: Jessica Swale Composer/lyrics: Joe Stilgoe Director: Max Webster Reviewer: David Guest A creative and lively new take on Kipling’s The Jungle Book ensures there’s more than a little animal magic conjured up at Richmond Theatre. Audiences familiar only with the Disney animated classic version won’t find even a smattering of bare necessities, but thanks to a contemporary king of ...

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