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Custody – Ovalhouse, London

Creator: Urban Wolf Writer: Tom Wainwright Director: Gbemisola Ikumelo Reviewer: Deborah Klayman When a young black man dies in custody, the impact ripples through his family and community. Inspired by real life experiences of creator Urban Wolf (a.k.a. Urbain Hayo), and written by veteran playwright Tom Wainwright, Custody is a searing examination of institutional racism, which is simultaneously eye-opening and ...

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The Conquest of the South Pole – Liverpool Everyman, Liverpool

Writer: Manfred Karge Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin In Manfred Karge’s The Conquest of the South Pole we are introduced to the interminably dull lives of four men who exist in a cycle of tea, fishing and not working. Faced with the existential crisis of one of their troop at the opening of the show (Seiffert played in brilliant ...

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De Nada & Sardoville Dance Theatre – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographers: Carlos Pons Guerra, Luca Silvestrini Reviewer: Jo Beggs In most cases, variety is no bad thing, but tonight’s pairing of the Sardoville Dance Theatre’s rather dry A Matter of Impression with De Nada’s surreal, sexy O Maria is a slightly baffling one. The latter, an over-the-top subversion of Spanish culture, taking in sex, Catholicism and food, should be the ...

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Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – The Grand, Leeds

Creator, Producer and Director: Michael Flatley Choreography: Michael Flatley Composer: Gerard Fahy Reviewer: Ruth Jepson The original Lord of the Dance blazed onto the stage a shocking 20 years ago, with Michael Flatley's fast feet setting the world on fire as audiences hungered to experience the jaw-dropping Irish dancing skills of him and his cast. The show has gone through ...

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The Life – Southwark Playhouse

Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Ira Gasman Book: David Newman, Ira Gasman and Cy Coleman (revised by Michael Blakemore) Director: Michael Blakemore Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty During the past week someone on Twitter wondered in awe at just how much the writer Douglas Adams managed to fit into the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. At around 100 pages it’s a dense, intelligent, ...

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The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart – The Assembly Rooms, Dedham

Writer: David Greig Director: Hal Chambers Reviewer: Paul Couch Suffolk-based rural touring company Eastern Angles may have cast its creative net a little wider for The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, set firmly in a Scottish Borders winter, but that shouldn’t detract from what a fascinating and inventive show this is. A cast of four, Simon Donaldson, Robin Hemmings, Hannah ...

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The Mutant Man – The Space, London

Writer: Christopher Bryant Director: Heather Fairbairn Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Gender neutral characters are increasingly recognised in popular culture. Recently the Etcetera Theatre hosted the play Boy Stroke Girl, while one of the analysts in season two of Billions identifies as non-binary, so Christopher Bryant’s new play The Mutant Man showing at The Space feels very timely. What unites the characters ...

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Ulla’s Odyssey – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Edward Hughes, Flora McIntosh, Sarah Minns & Pamela Hay in Ulla's Odyssey

Composer: Anthony Young Libretto: Leanna Brodie Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Selwyn Knight OperaUpClose was founded in 2009 with the stated aim of making intimate and innovative opera. They have expanded to include an education and participation programme, of which Ulla’s Odyssey, aiming to introduce children as young as seven to opera, is a part. Loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey, Ulla’s Odyssey follows 14-year-old ...

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