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Belonging – Roundhouse, London

Director: Jenny Sealey and Vinicius Daumas Reviewer: Christopher Hong This is a collaboration between Graeae which specialises in placing deaf and disabled artists in centre stageand Circo Crescer e Vivier, a social programme based in Rio de Janeiro focusing on circus performances. Part of CircusFest 2014, this brings together ten performances from both countries with their respective sign language interpreters. ...

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Relative Values -Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There seems to be a mini-revival of Noël Coward plays in the West End at the moment, after last year's Private Lives, the current run of Blithe Spirit and now this Theatre Royal Bath production of Coward's drawing-room comedy of social manners. Class and social equality - or the lack of ...

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Good People – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Jonathan Kent Reviewer: Stephen Bates Rooted in the tough neighbourhood of South Boston, Margaret is one of the “good people”. She struggles to make ends meet and looks after a disabled daughter, resorting to constant wisecracks to mask her pain. She is an habitual victim of life’s domino effects, in which minor incidents lead to major ...

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Oh My Sweet Land – Young Vic, London

Writer/Director: Amir Nizar Zuabi Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty A key feature of Wilfred Owen's war-time poetry is his awareness of the physicality, of the bodies of the men he writes about. These bodies and their visceral descriptions are shorthand for atrocity, for torture, for pain. The grinding nature of the war machine is introduced in seven normal words: “Bent double, like ...

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Pygmalion – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile 100 years ago this month Pygmalion opened in London and had a huge impact on the theatre going audience of the time. 100 years on and the story, characters and issues raised are still as fresh and relevant as they ever were. George Bernard Shaw tells the story of the ...

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Secret Cinema 21 – Secret Location, London

Reviewer: Christopher Hong The film is secret, the location is secret until a few days before the performance and all the information the audience is given is the dress code, an identity and a few business cards to print out. This is the 21st outing of secret cinema and although their mantra is “tell no one”, it is evident that ...

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She Would Walk the Sky – Roundhouse, London

Writer: Finegan Kruckemeyer Music: Sue Simpson, Trent Arkleysmith Director: Chelsea McGuffin Reviewer: Mary Halton Another stunning and highly stylised offering from the creators of last year’s Cantina; She Would Walk the Sky is fantasy and circus wrapped in a fairytale. Telling the story of the Red River House, in which an odd family of circus performers are “part of an ...

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Orpheus – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Created by the Little Bulb Theatre Company Director: Alexander Scott Reviewer: Paul Ackroyd Based on the classical legend, the story of Orpheus in the Underworld became the first classical full-length operetta by Jacques Offenbach in 1858. However, there is nothing classical about Little Bulb’s Re-Creation at the Battersea Arts Centre. Performed in the opulent setting of the Grand Hall, with ...

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