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Shappi Khorsandi: Mistress and Misfit – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The life of Emma Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson, seems an unlikely topic around which to build a stand-up show. But then Shappi Khorsandi’s personality does not seem best suited to academic research and neutral presentation.  Khorsandi presents herself, and may actually be, a bit scatter-brained. Efforts to build a rapport with the audience are hindered by ...

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The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Peter Handke Translator: Meredith Oakes Directors: Wils Wilson and Janice Parker Reviewer: Dominic Corr How connected are we to one another’s stories? Not at all when we really think, the hundreds, thousands of people we encounter are just extras in our own tale. So, when we truly sit back, soaking in the æther around us, we allow them to cross ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Margo and Mr Whatsit – The Warren: The Hat

Creators: PaddleBoat Theatre Reviewer: Simon Topping As we enter the venue Sophia (Katy Dash) greets us to solemnly explain that Mr Whatsit (Michael Smith) is dead, pointing to the bearded mischief-maker that lays flat on the beautifully crafted cabin bed in front of us.  However Mr Whatsit (Sophia’s inseparable imaginary friend) does not easily comply to this bequest, sitting up ...

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On Behalf of the People – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer: Ray Castleton Director: Charlie Kenber Reviewer: Ron Simpson On Behalf of the People began as a commission from the National Coal Mining Museum and followed its performance there with a short tour. Now The Melting Shop has put together an impressively lengthy tour of mostly one-nighters, covering nearly 20 venues in Yorkshire (from theatres to church halls) and forays ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Arr We There Yet? – Spiegeltent: Bosco

Creators: Head First Acrobats Reviewer: Simon Topping Bounding on to stage comes the captain and his two merry shipmates, both of whom feel they have a claim to be the ship’s head man. Arguing, scuffling and high-quality clowning opens what is to be 45-minutes of beguiling and wowing entertainment; leaving kids and adults alike in fits of laughter and amazed. ...

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The Chalk Garden – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: Enid Bagnold Director: Alan Strachan Reviewer: Steve Turner It’s a rare treat to find a work with such substantial central roles for three generations of women. Rarer still to find them played with such dexterity and passion as they are here. Enid Bagnold’s celebrated, but perhaps underperformed tale of the matriarchal Mrs St Maugham, her granddaughter Laurel and the intriguing ...

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Leave Taking – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Winsome Pinnock Director: Madani Younis Reviewer: Richard Maguire Leave Taking was first produced in 1987, and yet parts of it are eerily contemporary. In this play about first and second generation immigrants from Jamaica, one character exclaims he is worried that he may be deported as his papers may not be in order despite the fact that he is a ...

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Fatherland – Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London

Co-author and writer: Simon Stephens Co-author and composer: Karl Hyde Co-author and director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Masculism has perhaps become unfashionable at a time when, rightly, the movement for gender equality has gained urgent momentum. This new 90-minute piece, presented by Frantic Assembly as part of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), brings the male of the ...

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