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The Mother – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Mother continues Birmingham REP’s festival, Epic Encounters, that celebrates the work of German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht and is curated by Mark Ravenhill. The Mother is based on Maxim Gorky’s 1906 novel of the same name. Written in 1930/1, the play contained ten songs, later expanded to 13. In ...

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The Two Worlds of Charlie F – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Owen Sheers Director: Stephen Rayne Reviewer: Pete Benson The dimly lit set is sparse, a simple screen. The sound of a helicopter roars above our heads. Then all hell is let loose, loud explosions and a blinding flash and on the screen is projected the shadow of an injured soldier in a hospital bed. He is violent, paranoid and ...

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Mother Clap’s Molly House – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Mark Ravenhill Director: Suba Das Reviewed by Karen McCandless If Curve and De Montfort University (DMU) were looking for a controversial play to perform then Mother Clap’s Molly House was a great choice. But being controversial doesn’t always pay off. First performed in September 2001 at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre, Mark Ravenhill’s play explores the theme of sexuality. ...

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Wrong ‘Un – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Writer: Boff Whalley Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Performed a stone’s throw away from the factory where Alice Hawkins, the leader of the Leicester suffrage movement worked, Red Ladders’ new one woman musical drama is a stunning testimony to the power a script and a single actress can have: moving, amusing and intriguing; a sold-out gem of a venue ...

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The Believers – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Frantic Assembly’s production of The Believers is a thing of rare beauty, a symphony of sound, light and shade. From the moment one enters the auditorium to see a largely black stage with its angular shapes of light and skeletal metal constructions, and hear the rhythmic electronic music one is unsettled; ...

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Three the Hard Way – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Reviewer: Karen McCandless Never has International Women’s Day generated so many headlines across the globe as this year. It was hard to find a news outlet that didn’t run a story highlighting the progress that has been made and how far we’ve come, while underlining how far we still have to go. While comedy and performance arts itself has come ...

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Welsh National Opera’s La Traviata – Milton Keynes Theatre

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Director: David McVicar Reviewer: Maggie Constable The intriguing concept of Fallen Women and the differing life choices they make is the theme for Welsh National Opera’s Spring season of three operas at Milton Keynes Theatre this week under the auspices of Director David McVicar. With the subjects of human trafficking, exploitation and a world of glamour and ...

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