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Our House – Festival Theatre, Malvern

A woman stands holding a hand aloft surrounded by others

Book: Tim Firth Music & Lyrics: Madness Director: James Tobias Reviewer:  David Robinson The welcome at the house of fun is a warm and an extremely enthusiastic one, with the toe-tapping sounds of Madness favourites ringing loudly around the auditorium and no doubt being whistled long after the show. The melodious joy is infectious and the predominantly young cast throw themselves ...

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Rita, Sue And Bob Too – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

one man two young women in makeshift car in 80s clothes

Writer:  Andrea Dunbar Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Richard Hall In its special 50th anniversary season, Bolton’s Octagon theatre has teamed up with Out of Joint and London’s Royal Court Theatre to revive this classic 1980’s coming of age play. Playwright Andrea Dunbar was discovered by Max Stafford-Clark when he was running the Royal Court and was only 19 when she ...

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The March on Russia – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: David Storey Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Richard Maguire Until this year, theatre reviewers had to exercise caution when it came to writing about David Storey plays. Reliable rumour has it that back in 1976 Storey slapped The Guardian’s Michael Billington around the head after he had written a particularly sniffy review of Storey’s new play. In fact, there’s very ...

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The Knowledge – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Jack Rosenthal (Adapted by Simon Block) Director: Maureen Lipman Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The black cab is an iconic London landmark every bit as recognisable as Buckingham Palace or St Paul’s Cathedral, and its drivers carry a hard-earned encyclopaedic understanding of the city’s 15,000 central streets as well as the various suburbs. The long process of obtaining ‘The Knowledge’ was ...

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The Kite Runner – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Matthew Spangler From the novel by: Khaled Hosseini Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner is a literary juggernaut, spending over two years in the New York Times best-seller list, spawning a 2007 film and this adaptation for the stage in the same year by playwright Matthew Spangler (inspired by a meeting with Hosseini a ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Bottlenote – 13 North Great Georges Street, Dublin

Creators: Power of Two Reviewer: Laura Marriott Bottlenote have taken over one of Dublin’s hidden gems. 13 North Great Georges Street is an old tenement building that has fallen into disrepair. While every other building near it seems to be in perfect condition number thirteen feels as though it hasn’t been touched in the past one hundred years. It is ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: NEON Western – Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

Creators: Evan Lordan, Gavin McEntee, and Peter Power Director: Gavin McEntee Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy The Samuel Beckett Theatre has been transformed into the 'Soiled Dove Saloon' for an event that is billed as 'part rave, part theatre'. As the audience step inside the performance space it is clear that this is a Western like no other, with glow in ...

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Shakespeare’s Will – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Vern Thiessen Director: Marianne Gaston Reviewer: John Kennedy Nuanced, elegiac in its embrace, empathic in tone and essential humanity, writer Vern Thiessen describes the conceit of his using Shakespeare’s documented Will, as ‘a springboard for his imagination.’ Rain, brooks and rivers washing down to the sea remain a translucent canvas for revisited imagery and symbolism throughout the performance and he plunges ...

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