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Cirque Berserk! – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Creative Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Cirque Berserk! starts with the announcement you never expect to hear in a theatre - keep your phones on, take photos and video, and tweet to your heart’s content. And you will definitely want to (especially when the robot walks out). The show is a healthy mix of traditional circus fare, like clowning ...

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Home/Sick – JACK, Brooklyn, NY

Writer/Creator: The Assembly (Stephen Aubrey, Edward Bauer, Ben Beckley, Nick Benacerraf, Kate Benson, Marianne Broome, Jess Chayes, Anna Abhau Elliott, Luke Harlan, Emily Louise Perkins) Director: Jess Chayes Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Protests and left-wing radicalism. Sexual politics and patriarchal male behavior. Illegal war and racial tension. Home/Sick is ostensibly a story about the Weather Underground of the 1960s, but clearly has deep ...

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Sick Festival: Talking About You For Hours – The Lowry, Salford

Noah Voelker's performance art Talking About You For Hours

Reviewer: Matt Forrest The Sick Festival is up and running in Manchester once again: a celebration of life, death and the struggles and challenges we all face in our day-to-day lives. The programme presents a wide range of artists, speakers and shows with a truly international flavour, as there are close ties to the Dutch Performing Arts team. There is ...

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Contained – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Collaborators/Directors: Alan Lyddiard, Denis Darzacq Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mind The Gap Studios are known for their true stories from the heart, and this is certainly evident in this unique production of Contained.   The production features nine performers with learning disabilities and the show is in joint collaboration from Alan Lyddiard (Anniversary) and award-winning French Photographer and filmmaker, Denis Darzacq. The ...

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Dark Hearts of Space – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Stanislav Glazov Visuals: Dasha Rush Reviewer: Jo Beggs Dark Hearts of Space is an audio-visual experience created by visual artist Dasha Rush and musician Stanislav Glazov.  Forty minutes of dream-like whirling shapes and colours that loosely tells the story of the formation of black holes. Created by projecting digital images onto a screen and a gauze curtain, and enhanced ...

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Babel – The Theater at the 14t St Y, New York

(Babel) (The Theater at 14th St Y) (c)Lloyd Mulvey

Writers: WT McRae &Jeremy Williams Directors: WT McRae &Jeremy Williams Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Beginning before it begins, with specific, deliberate, and subtle movement occurring onstage as the audience enters the space, Convergence Theatre Collective’s Babel explores the struggle to overcome boundaries and barriers, to find a common language. It does so entirely in silence. The stellar ensemble offers a fresh take ...

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Mina– Home, Manchester

Creator: Natalie Lebouleux Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin  Mina is a theatrical piece exploring and exposing the use of conversion therapy to ‘cure’ same-sex attraction. It is a theatrical retelling of Natalie Leboulex’s award-nominated short film Paper Thin and blends live performance with stop-motion animation film projected around the stage. Paper lanterns guide the audience, one at a time, down the corridor and ...

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A Christmas Carol – New Ohio Theatre, New York

(Christmas Carol) (New Ohio Theatre) (c)Alan Roche

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor:  Matt Opatrny Director: Jessica Burr Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Giving to the poor makes them dependent on services and unwilling to work. Those who can care for themselves should and leave others to do the same. Hoarding riches is the only way to remain secure. These concepts seem as prevalent in modern day as they did when ...

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