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Teentalitarianism: Nightwalks With Teenagers – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs We may not feel like it a lot of the time but we’re in charge. Adults that is. It’s no wonder that teenagers regularly whine about it ‘not being fair’, because it’s not. Nightwalks With Teenagers is part of the wider ‘social-specific’ movement created by Canadian urban planner and performance artist Darren O’Donnell. O’Donnell’s work with his ...

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MADHOUSE re:exit – Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Writer: Access All Areas and Max Barton Director: Nick Llewellyn Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones MADHOUSE re:exit is an immersive exploration of the cruel but fascinating history of institutions, from the familiar gloom of the Victorian ‘madhouse’ right through to the contemporary emergence of domestic institutionalisation. Residing in the bowls of Shoreditch Town Hall, a world away from the vibrant East London ...

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Brief Encounter – Empire Cinema Haymarket, London

Writer: Noël Coward Adaptor/Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Noël Coward’s 1938 film Brief Encounter, as directed by David Lean, is often rightly cited amongst the most romantic films of all time. An expanded version of Coward’s short stage play Still Life, the story of Laura and Alec, two genteel, starched people relaxing while in each other’s company and out ...

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The Great Gatsby – Dolphin Hotel, Mold

Writer: F Scott Fitzgerald Adaptor/Director: Alexander Wright Reviewer: Emma Boswell F Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, The Great Gatsby, has been transformed into a fully immersive theatre production, thanks to a joint venture between Theatre Clywd and Guide of Misrule. From the moment audience members arrive at Mold’s disused Dolphin Hotel, greeted by bouncers with an American drawl and asked for ...

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Muso: Singing Museums to Life – Grant Museum of Zoology, London

Creators: The Cast Reviewer: Maryam Philpott With funding cuts across the arts and museum sector, it is the smaller, quirkier institutions that suffer the most. While reuniting Charles I’s art collection or the works of Modigliani may have crowds rushing to London’s biggest spaces, it is easy to forget the incredible collections of the less well-known museums. Impropera is changing ...

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The Droves – COLAB Factory, London

Director and Writer: Tom Bowtell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott “A world of pure imagination” exists in the basement of a former carpet factory near London Bridge. Gene Wilder may be most associated with this famous phrase but even Willy Wonka would be astounded at the semi-immersive experience created by a group of children from Tower Hamlets over the course of a ...

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The Grift – Town Hall Hotel, London

Writer: Tom Salamon Director: Tom Salamon Reviewer: Richard Maguire All theatre depends on a certain suspension of belief, but this new immersive experience by Tom Salamon, who brought us 2016’s Goosebumps Alive, starts by asking us to swallow some unusually tall stories. But with much immersive theatre, the story is less important than the act of participation, and in The ...

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Be//Longing – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Rebekah Harrison et al Director: Matt Hassall and Take Back Theatre Reviewer: Lizz Clark Headlines refer to "swarms" of immigrants and political campaigns focus on "taking back control" of Britain and its borders. Migration is a pressing issue of our time, but how often do we hear the real stories of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers? In partnership with ...

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