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The Trials of Oscar Wilde – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Writer: Merlin Holland and John O’Connor Director: Peter Craze Reviewer: Megan W. Minogue Writer Merlin Holland is the only grandson of Oscar Wilde, and it is clear that The Trials of Oscar Wilde, presented by the European Arts Company, is in many ways a labour of love. The attention to detail concerning the facts of Oscar Wilde’s two trials, one ...

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Verdi’s Requiem, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano Tonight at The Birmingham Symphony Hall is the coming together of two great Italian musical forces, Giuseppe Verdi and conductor Sir Antonio Pappano with his Italian ensemble, although, strictly speaking, Sir Anthony was born in England to Italian parents. On the death of the 19th Century poet Manzoni, Verdi was inspired to write ...

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Choose Your Own Documentary- Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Writer: Nathan Penlington Filmmakers: Fernando R Gutierrez De Jesus, Nick Watson, Sam Smaïl Reviewer: Rosie Revell It is quite hard to try to review a show that has no less than 1566 different endings, but this is the task in hand when it comes to Choose Your Own Documentary. At first glance the show seems to be an indulgent adult ...

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Vienna Festival Ballet: Cinderella – Worthing Pavilion Theatre

Artistic Director: Peter Mallek Choreographer: Sheila Styles Music: G A Rossini Reviewer: Gina Skillings The Vienna Festival Ballet is a classical ballet company founded in 1980 by Austrian dancer Peter Mallek. Based in the United Kingdom, they typically spend 7 to 8 months of the year touring small and medium venues around the country, and occasionally abroad. In 1995 Mallek ...

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Here & Now – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Veronica Dyas Writer: Veronica Dyas Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster The Project Arts Centre can be a difficult place for someone with a limited budget, given the size of the stage, and this is the first problem that Veronica Dyas’ piece runs into. There is so much space that needs to be filled, and it feels that the multiple televisions, fake ...

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No-No Boy – The Studio Theatre: Theatre Row, New York

Writer: John Okada Adaptor: Ken Narasaki Director: Ron Nakahara Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos “Are you willing to serve in the armed forces of the United States on combat duty whenever ordered?” “Will you swear unqualified allegiance to the United States of America and faithfully defend the United States from any or all attack by foreign or domestic forces, and forswear any ...

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CD REVIEW: All Will Be Well – The Piece of Meat Sessions

Reviewer: Carrie Carter In a theatrical climate where performers devising their own shows is becoming more and more commonplace, it is rare to find an offering as complex, considered, and all together brilliant as Sherie Rene Scott’s Piece of Meat. The show was a theatrical highlight in London last year, and arguably one of the best theatrical solo pieces ever, ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First Word War; fittingly, 2014 is also the 50th anniversary of the publication of Philip Larkin’s famously stirring poem MCMXIV, in which lines of volunteers queuing up to enlist are said to be "Grinning as if it were all / An ...

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