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Pressure – Park Theatre, London

Writer: David Haig Director: John Dove Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the same week that the Royal Air Force celebrates the 100thanniversary of its establishment as an independent service, uniting the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, David Haig presents his new play about the unusual role of RAF personnel in the run-up to D-Day at the Park ...

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Shakers – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writers: John Godber and Jane Thornton Light/Sound: Alistair Fox Director: Neil Knipe Reviewer: Janet Jepson John Godber wrote his well-known ‘lads’ play Bouncers in 1977 and it was inevitable that a female version would be conceived, so Shakers was created in 1985 in collaboration with Jane Thornton. To this day, big brother Bouncers is still much more famous and much ...

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urbanJATRA – Dixon Place, New York

Choreographer: Brinda Guha Reviewer: Jamie Rosler The least enjoyable part of being an audience member at Kalamandir Dance Company’s urbanJATRA at Dixon Place is reading the production and company blurbs in the program. An attempt to translate visual and physical art forms into the written word will often fall short, minimizing more than enhancing the spectator’s experience.* The work is ...

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Then Again – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Created and devised by Tremolo Theatre Company Directors: Helena Middleton and Jack Drewry Reviewer: Joan Phillips This short 60-minute play downstairs in The Lab performing space at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth is a light-hearted, but cautionary, tale about relationships in the digital age. Created and devised by Bristol-based Tremolo Theatre Company, Then Again tells the story of the awkward Millie, who ...

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Wicked – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Nicole Craft With Wicked having won over 100 major international awards, being in its 12th year in the West End, having a second go at a UK tour and possessing an instantly recognisable protagonist thanks to its Wizard of Oz roots, it would be easy to assume everybody ...

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Holes – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Louis Sachar Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith Having got his tenure as Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse off to a solid start with local mining paean Wonderland, Adam Penford here significantly raises the bar with this unendingly inventive and entertaining adaptation of Louis Sachar’s modern classic novel Holes. This is a clever and intelligently directed combination of humour, silliness, ...

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Devil With the Blue Dress – Bunker Theatre, London

Writer: Kevin Armento Director: Joshua McTaggart Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Plays that explicitly draw attention to the fact that they are plays, where characters explicitly talk to the audience about the artifice of theatre, can be tricky beasts to pull off. Such a mechanism can betray a lack of confidence in the audience: despite sitting in the dark, watching actors play ...

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The Sleeper – The Space, London

  Writer and Director: Henry C Krempels Reviewer: Richard Maguire Around halfway into this play, set on a train travelling from Venice to Paris, the actors suddenly call for the house lights to be switched on and then ask the audience ‘Will this play solve the refugee crisis?’ Although the audience are never required to answer this question, the reply, ...

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