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The Yellow Wallpaper – Omnibus Theatre, London

Writer:  Ruby Lawrence Director:  Dave Spencer Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The most shocking thing about this Gothic play is the fact that nowhere in the ‘official’ programme is it noted that The Yellow Wallpaper is an adaption of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s seminal short story, first published in 1892. Gilman’s story is seen as an early feminist text; it’s a powerful story ...

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LIFT 2018: Creation (Pictures for Dorian) – Purcell Room, London

Creators/Directors: Gob Squad Reviewer: Scott Matthewman British/German art collective Gob Squad’s latest offering, which premiered at this year’s Brighton Festival, claims to be inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Such parallels as there are actually distract from a much larger, ruminatory work, which contemplates the inevitability of the passage of time while also exploring the relationship between ...

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Shadow Kingdoms  – Theatre503, London

Writer: Berri George Director: Adam Dattis Reviewer: Richard Maguire So acceptable is street art now that if we were to grab our spray cans and head off to paint the walls of Shoreditch, the chances are we won’t get arrested. However, it wasn’t always so safe and Shadow Kingdoms, set in the early 2000s, is concerned with street art’s darker ...

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Taking Flight 2018  – New Diorama, London

Writers: Lekha Desai Morrison, Michael Phong-Le, Samuel Daram Director: Ross Ericson Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Taking Flight Festival, now in its second year, is a venture led by Red Dragonfly Productions, and encourages playwrights from the British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities to write about they want. Too often writers from these communities are expected to ...

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Stitchers – Jermyn Street, London

Writer: Esther Freud Director: Gaby Dellal Reviewer: Maryam Philpott With an overcrowded prison system, notable reoffending rates and high instances of suicide, there is an ongoing debate about the appropriate response to crime -  should we punish or rehabilitate. Lady Anne Tree firmly believed in the latter and spent a lifetime visiting prisoners and, in one extraordinary story, essentially running ...

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Two Noble Kinsman- The Globe, London

Writer: John Fletcher and William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott After mixed reviews for Michelle Terry’s opening salvo as Artistic Director at the Globe, her third show of the summer is an unquestionable triumph. While Shakespeare scholars continue to debate the writer’s contributions to The Two Noble Kinsman, co-authored with John Fletcher in the 1610s audiences are less ...

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Leave Taking – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Winsome Pinnock Director: Madani Younis Reviewer: Richard Maguire Leave Taking was first produced in 1987, and yet parts of it are eerily contemporary. In this play about first and second generation immigrants from Jamaica, one character exclaims he is worried that he may be deported as his papers may not be in order despite the fact that he is a ...

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Fatherland – Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London

Co-author and writer: Simon Stephens Co-author and composer: Karl Hyde Co-author and director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Masculism has perhaps become unfashionable at a time when, rightly, the movement for gender equality has gained urgent momentum. This new 90-minute piece, presented by Frantic Assembly as part of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), brings the male of the ...

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