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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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14/48 The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival (Day 1) – The Y, Leicester

Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan 14/48 involves over 70 professional artists who write, direct, source props and stage seven short 10 minute plays in a day, inspired by a theme picked out of a the hat the night before. The writer produces the script overnight then the directors and actors have six short hours to rehearse before running it in a technical ...

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Emma – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Martin Millar and Doon Mackichan from the book by Jane Austen Director: Ian Appleby Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Jane Austen was about forty when her book of manners, Emma, was published at the end of 1815. In it we meet Emma Woodhouse, an intelligent young lady who fancies herself as a matchmaker, having introduced her governess to her husband. However, ...

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