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Ramona Tells Jim – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Sophie Wu Director: Mel Hillyard Reviewer: Stephen Bates Sophie Wu sets her debut play on the rugged Scottish coastline, where the cold of Summer and the midges bite with equal force. Teenage love blossoms briefly before being washed up on the rocky shore, only to be revisited and reflected upon 15 years later. Wu’s bitter-sweet comedy, getting its World ...

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All The Things I Lied About – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

woman upset

Writer: Katie Bonna Dramaturg: Sarah Dickenson Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys If lying was a paying job, then Katie Bonna and her family would be billionaires. At the heart of All The Things I Lied About, is the monumental web of lies that tore Bonna's own family apart. In this post-truth, fake news world, and working from the principle ...

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Fever Pitch: The Opera – Union Chapel, London

Music: Scott Stroman Libretto: Tamsin Collison Director: Bernie C Byrnes Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Sport has always been a fascinating subject for fiction writers inspired by exceptional tales of human endeavour and triumph against the odds. And most sports films or plays, are generally not really about sport at all, but about the personality and drive of the individual. Yet, even ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Efficacy 84 – Smock Alley, Dublin

Director: Luke Casserly Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy According to the programme note for Efficacy 84: “The Kerry Babies case is a story that cannot be told.” This is unfortunately the case for this production although perhaps this statement to the audience was intended to inspire more positive and abstract considerations. The young cast (consisting of Rua Barron, Alexandra Conlon, Simon ...

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Coriolanus – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

A man is talking to a group of men

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer: Catherine Lyon A brutal landscape of cold, rattling metal, civil anarchy and the imminent threat of bloodshed. This is where the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production of Coriolanus opens. Delivering on its promises, the production offers its fair share of gore, sword fighting and unbridled masculine rivalry. Set against the harsh angularity of ...

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Twelfth Night – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Scott Ellis      Reviewer: Emily Hall Director Scott Ellis brings Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to King’s Theatre Edinburgh, an elegant venue for an inelegant play which thrives on the humour of mayhem and nonsense. Somehow, this especially bawdy interpretation of the literary classic fits beautifully anyways; key characters delivering moving renditions of stunning monologues faithfully to the text, ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: The Woods and Grandma – Smock Alley, Dublin

Composer: Cal Folger Day Director: Kristina Yee Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne Why did this turn out so weird? So asks one of Cal Folger Day’s fellow performers of Folger Day, and indeed this is a curious work. Folger Day addresses the ‘weirdness’ of her ‘verbatim pop-operetta’ by setting aside moments throughout the piece to step out of character and explain to ...

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