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Johnny Got His Gun – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Dalton Trumbo, adapted by Bradley Rand Smith Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Ian Foster The centenary of the start of World War One has thrown up a raft of interesting programming in our nation’s theatres, looking at the devastating impact of that inconceivably destructive conflict and the decimating effect it had on an entire generation. At the same time, it ...

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John Ferguson – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: St John Ervine Director: Emma Faulkner Reviewer: Ian Foster There is often the sense that selective quoting from the Bible can assert pretty much any viewpoint and so it turns out in St John Ervine’s John Ferguson, receiving its first airing in the UK for nearly 100 years with this production at the Finborough Theatre, directed by Emma Faulkner. ...

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INvocation – Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Peta Lily Director: Di Sherlock Reviewer: Mary Halton “Does anyone here have a proper job?” After a pleasantly informal start, Peta Lily is interrogating the audience of her one woman show – part theatre, part pep talk. Only one audience member confesses to having one (working for a charity) and, having barely opened her mouth, Lily has already begun ...

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Sandel – Above The Stag Theatre, London

Writer: Glenn Chandler Director: Glenn Chandler Reviewer: Christopher Hong Slanted and oblique bookcases and classical spires effectively backdrop and set the scene for this love story between a 19 year old undergraduate, David Rogers and Anthony Sandel, a 14 year old choir boy in 1960’s Oxford. Anthony the seducer meets David and their relationship grows with walks in the country ...

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Positive – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Writer: Shaun Kitchener Director: James Callas Ball Reviewer: Deborah Klayman It is very rare to see a play about living with HIV that is equal parts funny, informative and entertaining, but Shaun Kitchener’s new play offers all that and more. The play takes place a year after Benji’s positive diagnosis, and looks at the way the illness, and its perception, ...

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This Flesh Is Mine – Testbed 1, London

Writer: Brian Woolland Director: Michael Walling Reviewer: Christopher Hong With four long tables and benches and a stage at the far end, the audience engages in a game of musical chairs as it files into the performance space. The prospect of being without a seat for a nearly two-hour performance is too daunting for some. After much shuffling, enters Agamenmnon ...

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The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writer: Alan Plater Director: John Plews Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A schoolgirl, an army driver and a nun walk into an audition… no, this isn’t the start of an elaborate joke but the plot of The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 performed Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate. Europe is at war and several members of an all-female band have been lured ...

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All My Sons – Open Air Theatre, London

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Timothy Sheader Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz Arthur Miller stands in the laudable but challenging position of being a genuinely popular playwright who, regardless, never gave up on presenting his audiences with uncomfortable questions. Most famous, at least in Britain, for The Crucible (1953), in which he found a medium for satirising McCarthyism in the literal witch-hunts of ...

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