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Jungle Book – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music & Lyrics: Filipe Gomes Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Choreographer: Kendra J Horsburgh Reviewer: Sophie Dodworth For the majority of people, thinking of the Jungle Book brings back memories of an orphaned human boy on a journey of self-discovery, raised by a group of animals, singing I Wan’na Be Like You. This is not, however, what you'll find here. Poppy ...

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Failure – Judson Memorial Church, New York

Choreographer: Laura Peterson Director: Laura Peterson Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Choreographer Laura Peterson ruminates on the nature of winning and losing and the acquisition of material wealth as a symbol of success in her new dance installation Failure, running at Judson Memorial Church. Failure employs fragile sculpture and aerobic choreography to drive its ideas home. Performed in the main chapel ...

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The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People – The Boat Shed, Exeter

Writer & Performer:  Rhys Slade-Jones Reviewer:  Becca Savory Fuller The Land of My Fathers… is presented as a work-in-progress production at Exeter’s newest performance space, The Bike Shed Theatre’s pop-up summer venue, The Boat Shed.  So, how to review a piece that’s so clearly in an early stage of development?  Lead-artist Rhys Slade-Jones forgets what’s coming next, trips over his ...

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Golem by 1927 – Harrogate Theatre

Writer/Director: Suzanne Andrade Music: Lillian Henley Designer: Esme Appleton Animator: Paul Barritt Reviewer: Ron Simpson Golem is one of those shows where it’s difficult to visualise what you’re about to see from the advance publicity. In this case, however, it’s almost as difficult afterwards to describe what you’ve seen. To start with the obvious, Golem is a brilliant piece of ...

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Rituals for Change – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Performer: Emma Frankland Writer: Emma Frankland Reviewer: Richard Maguire ‘The radical act is to exist’ Emma Frankland proclaims at the start of Rituals for Change, and although this announcement may sound like a tenet of existentialism, Frankland’s life as a trans woman is, indeed, a radical act. This intentionally messy but life-affirming show demonstrates how we can exist on our ...

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Amy Surratt’s FIRST AND LAST (show) – The Club at La MaMa, New York

Writers: Amy R. Surratt & Tosha R. Taylor Director: Kristen Holfeuer Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Collaborative theatre artist Amy R. Surratt is out to confront what she calls some “Unfinished Business with Home” in her experimental performance piece Amy Surratt’s FIRST AND LAST (show), at The Club at La MaMa. In an evening filled with hoedowns, traditional string music, and ...

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Maps For A War Tourist – Dixon Place, New York

(Maps for a War Tourist)(Dixon Place)(NYC)

Writers: Jeremy M. Barker, Kathryn Hamilton, Kelsea Martin, Cyrus Moshrefi, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste Director: Kathryn Hamilton Reviewer: Robert Price Solemn silence greets the arriving audience for Sister Sylvester’s latest production. Treading lightly over the sand-colored butcher paper that blankets the ground of the stage and seating, they only realize after sitting that the distant rumbling they hear is not a recording. ...

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Partly Political – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Performers: Rory Bremner, Jan Ravens & Jo Caulfield Reviewer: Ron Simpson Times are hard for a satirical political impressionist. In his Wakefield show Rory Bremner himself quoted the great Tom Lehrer: “Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize,” and things, he claimed, have got worse since 1973 – and who would disagree? So, although his Donald ...

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