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The Giant’s Loo Roll – The Arts Theatre, London

Writer:Nicholas Allan Adaptor : James Worthington Director: James Worthington Music by: Kate Lindsey Lyrics by James Worthington Reviewer: Deborah Parry Have you ever asked yourself what would happen if a Giant misplaced his loo roll? How the inhabitants of a village would react to having it dropped on their heads? No? Well…luckily for us, author Nicholas Allan has and luckily ...

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Kicking and Screaming – Hackney Showroom, London

Writers: Tangled Feet Directors: Kat Joyce and Nathan Curry Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Parenthood is a complex beast. The expectation placed on couples – and in particular women - to have a child by a certain age, and then to excel at every aspect of parenthood can be both daunting and isolating. Some of this pressure is internal, but much comes ...

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Knock Knock – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer and  Director: Niv Petel Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Regardless of the era, thinking about the Home Front in any war automatically conjures up images of the WI making jam, defiant sing-songs in the local pub and endless lashings of “blitz spirit”, but the domestic reality is quite different, families suffer. Niv Petel’s new show Knock Knock transposes those ideas to modern-day ...

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Tomorrow I was Always A Lion – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Vladimir Shcherban (based on the memoirs of Arnhild Lauveng) Director: Vladimir Shcherban Reviewer: Deborah Parry One in four of us is currently suffering from a mental health condition and yet there is still a huge stigma attached to certain diagnoses - none more so than psychosis. Up until recently, the notion that schizophrenia could be cured was absolutely rejected by professionals, hope snatched ...

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Puppetry of the Penis – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Created by: Simon Morley and David Friend Reviewer: Deborah Parry The universe has a history of drawing things together- strawberries and cream, Laurel and Hardy, rhythm and blues. Penises and puppetry, however, isn't the most logical of pairings and yet, sort of works. This show started life in the late 90s as a calendar idea- a series of photographs showing ...

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From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Adrian Berry Reviewer: Stephen Bates Yes, we may all have to adjust our holiday habits as a result of the falling pound, but Adrian Berry's 75-minute one-act play has nothing to do with that. Instead, the title is taken from the lyric of David Bowie'sLife on Mars and the play tells of a teenager's journey to find ...

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The House of Usher – Hope Theatre, London

Book: Luke Adamson Music and Lyrics: Dan Bottomley Director: Luke Adamson and Phil Croft Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A mysterious house, a strange letter to a friend and a family curse - the perfect ingredients for a gothic horror story just in time for Halloween. Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, The Fall of the House of Usher has been reimagined as ...

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Ragtime – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Book: Terence McNally Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Reviewer: Scott Matthewman EL Doctorow’s 1975 historical novel,Ragtime, set in the early years of the 20th Century, sees three (predominantly New York-based) communities – Harlem’s African-Americans, Jewish immigrants and a WASP family based in the genteel community of New Rochelle – intertwining with each other and a series of real-life figures ...

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