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Working – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Studs Terkel Adaptors: Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the eyes of America's current President, the triple whammy of globalisation, de-industrialisation and illegal immigration has snuffed out working life in large parts of his country. Therefore, there can be nothing more timely than the reminder of the values of work that comes from ...

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The Enchanted – The Bunker, London

Writer: Joanna Treves and Connie Treves Director: Connie Treves Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The most remarkable thing about this superb play is its length. The material here could have formed the basis for a much longer piece - it’s rich, dark and has an intriguing storyline at its base. Thank God the writers stuck to a 90-minute blast though, socking it ...

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Aeonian – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Vesna Hauschild Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Imogen is a ghost, of sorts. In the opening monologue in Vesna Hauschild’s new one-act play, Kat Boart implies that she was the mother to a famous Spanish artist – and her cries of “Salvador!” suggests which surrealist provides the inspiration here. Then again, Imogen also implies that she has been reincarnated ...

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The Barber Shop Chronicles – The National Theatre, London

Barber Shop Chronicles at National Theatre

Writer: Inua Ellams Director: Bijan Sheibani Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Confidant, counsellor, friend and sparring partner, the relationship between a man and his barber is an intimate and long-lasting thing. The traditional barbershop is often at the heart of a community, a rallying point for local men to come, sit, talk and sometimes to even have their hair cut. Inua Ellams ...

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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas – Richmond Theatre, London

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Writer: John Boyne Choreographer and Director: Daniel de Andrade Music: Gary Yershon Musicians: Northern Ballet Sinfonia Reviewer: Ann Bawtree The ambitious task of expressing a well-known book and an already a famous film about an unpleasant period of history into a ballet is brought about to perfection in Northern Ballet’s The Boy in Striped Pyjamas. The austerity of the set, ...

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The Events – Mercury Theatre Studio, Colchester

Writer: David Greig Director: Dan Sherer Reviewer: Michael Gray First seen in 2013, and inspired at least in part by the Anders Breivik massacre of the year before, David Greig's powerful piece has been revived many times since. Dan Sherer's production in the Mercury Studio is intensely visceral, its impact enhanced by the intimacy of the staging. James Cotterill's set ...

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Punts – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Sarah Page Director: Jessica Edwards Reviewer: Stephen Bates The hardest part of parenting can be letting go, as Antonia and Alastair eventually come to realise in Sarah Page's new one-act comedy. Their 25-year-old son Jack has learning difficulties, so perhaps they feel justified in keeping him on a short lead, but are they going too far when they decide ...

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Killology – Royal Court Theatre, London

Man in jacket with arms outstretched

Writer: Gary Owen Director: Rachel O'Riordan Reviewer: Stephen Bates Links between violence and masculinity (or perceptions thereof) are hard to define, but, in a production first seen at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff in March this year, playwright Gary Owen takes a microscope to the deeper zones of the male psyche and comes to conclusions that are enlightening and disturbing. The play ...

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