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201 Dance Company: SKIN –Waterside, Sale

Direction & Choreography: Andrea Walker Composer: Norvydas Genys Reviewer: Peter Jacobs 201 Dance Company’s latest production SKIN is presented as part of Queer Contact Festival, celebrating LGBT arts and culture in Greater Manchester. As Contact itself is closed for major refurbishment this year’s Queer Contact – and the rest of their 2018 programme – has been redistributed to other venues ...

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Catherine and Anita – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Derek Ahonen Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the most famous TV theme tunes of all time repeated the line “I’ll be there for you” over and over again, because being supportive no matter what is one of the core requirements of true friendship. Whatever your friend has done, you take their side, listen to their version of ...

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Somewhere a Gunner Fires – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer and director: Tom Stuchfield Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Debuting in the centenary of the end of World War I, Tom Stuchfield’s play Somewhere a Gunner Fires, set in that conflict, has gestated for over ten years, its characters developing as the play was worked and reworked. It certainly shows. The play’s two central characters – Spencer, an English private (played ...

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Again – Trafalgar Studios 2

Writer: Stephanie Jacobs Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Feeling like a bit of sci-fi combined with familiar strife, Again ticks some great boxes but leaves some important ones passed over. The audience in the Trafalgar Studio’s downstairs space are voyeurs to a small family, injured by the parents’ divorce and struggling to keep it all together. On the male ...

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Nina: A Story About Me and Nina Simone – Curve, Leicester

Concept: Josette Bushell-Mingo Director: Dritëro Kasapi Reviewer: James Garrington When she was 12 years old, Nina Simone was asked to perform her first recital at a church meeting. Her proud parents were there in the front pew – but when they were moved to the back of the church to make way for white people at the front, the young ...

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Monolog – Chickenshed Theatre, London

Writer: Various Director: Lou Stein Reviewer: Deborah Parry When you think monologue – Alan Bennett's Talking Heads would likely spring to mind. What started out as a collection of screenplays, first broadcast on the BBC in the 1980s, they have since gained worldwide fame, with the pieces being adapted for the stage and have been frequently performed around the globe. ...

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Ahir Shah: Control – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Reviewer: John Kennedy There’s been much-impassioned talk of taking back control, to reclaim sovereignty over the endangered institutions that are allegedly the bedrock of British freedom - unless those holding office in those institutions run out of control and their heterodoxies render them ‘Traitors’ and ‘Mutineers’. Clearly, self-control, like the Devil that is currently poking his red-hot pitch-fork into all ...

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The Moor – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Catherine Lucie Director: Blythe Stewart Reviewer: Maryam Philpott How much do you trust your own judgement, and how sure can you be that your recollection of events is the right one? Memory is a subjective thing, not only shaped by individual perception but also by subsequent repetition and retelling, so over time what we remember becomes little more than ...

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