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The Witch’s Mark – The Space, London

Writer &  Director: Timothy N. Evers Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Bells chime. Dressed in ordinary contemporary clothes, Celeste Markwell steps barefoot onto a bare stage as Agnes Sampson, distinctive dark eye makeup the only obvious theatrical concession to the story we're about to hear. It's all we need. Witchcraft is about belief and our interpretations of that belief, not bubbling cauldrons ...

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Dessert – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Oliver Cotton Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty We’re reeling through a tough and tense socio-economic period now where there’s anger, desperate misunderstanding and snake-oil being peddled as medicine for the country’s woes. That anger exists on all sides of a class and political spectrum. It’s fuelling some incredible educational, political and journalistic work - and its creative expression ...

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Disco Pigs – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: John Haidar Reviewer: Stephen Bates The word "disco" may have been falling into disuse in the last couple of decades, but Irish writer Enda Walsh's coming of age play Disco Pigs looks as sharp and relevant as ever in this 20th Anniversary revival. Runt (Evanna Lynch) and Pig (Colin Campbell) were born at exactly the same ...

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Twilight Song – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Kevin Elyot Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Best known for his play My Night With Reg, Kevin Elyot’s writing for the stage was dominated by a sense of yearning, and the deleterious effects of love. Completed before his death in 2014, Twilight Song illustrates, in its premiere production at the Park Theatre, an echoing of the same themes. ...

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The God of Hell – Theatre N16, London

Writer: Sam Shepard Director:  Rocky Rodriguez Jr Reviewer: Stephen Bates Sam Shepard calls Wisconsin "America's dirty land" and the action in his hour-long play revolves around the consequences of a plutonium leak, but this absurdist allegory has little to do with ecology and a lot to do with pollution of modern American minds. On their Wisconsin dairy farm, Frank (Craig Edgley) who "lives for ...

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Touch – Soho Theatre, London

Writer & Director: Vicky Jones Reviewer: Nicola Macdonald Touch opens to a lot of expectation.  Creator Vicky Jones’ previous outing at Soho Theatre was as Director to her collaborator and friend Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the hit comedy Fleabag, which went on to become an internationally acclaimed television series. It’s no surprise, then, that a huge amount of excitement is surrounding Touch, which was ...

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Hearing Voices – Print Room @ The Coronet, London

Music: Jocelyn Pook Director: Emma Bernard Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Mental illness is one of the last great stigmas of modern society, it’s also one of the oldest. From the horrifying tales of Victorian asylums to modern definitions of PTSD, those who struggle with a mental illness have often found themselves on the fringes of society. Jocelyn Pook’s new show Hearing ...

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Queen Anne – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: Natalie Abrahami Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Fascination with monarchy and the frailties and frivolities of the ruling classes has never really gone out of fashion with the public. Watching a work such as Helen Edmundson’s Queen Anne reinforces the fact that politics, both high and low, has always been, to some degree, crude, rude, unseemly and scrappy. ...

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