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Acorn – The Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer: Maud Dromgoole Director: Tatty Hennessy Reviewer: Deborah Klayman When two ancient tales entwine, then are given a modern twist, what can we discover about the stories we tell about women? Taking the Grecian myths of Persephone and Eurydice as its inspiration, Maud Dromgoole’s Acornis surprisingly modern and witty, with more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Persephone’s opening ...

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Letters Live III – Freemasons’ Hall – London

Writers: Various Created by: Jamie Byng Director: Sam Hunter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The third night of 2016 Letters Live was considerably more comic and more focused on America than its previous edition. While Letters Live II interspersed touches of humour among an overarching theme of love and loss, Part III showcased 21 letters, 15 of which were by US writers ...

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This Little Life of Mine – Park Theatre,London

Writer and Director: Michael Yale Music: Charlie Round-Turner Reviewer: Stephen Bates Who says that musicals need to have fantastical themes andexotic settings? Michael Yale seems to say not and goes out to prove it with a chamber musical about little lives in mundane places and, more specifically, aboutinfertility. Even the name "Jonesy" declares ordinariness, as the character of that name ...

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Letters Live II – Freemasons’ Hall – London

Created by: Jamie Byng Director: Sam Hunter Reviewer:Maryam Philpott “Letters cast a powerful spell” Letters Live organiser Jamie Byng explained in his introduction to the second of this year’s evenings of readings at Freemason’s Hall in Holborn, and since the first show three years ago, there are now a “forest of letters” to read. In many ways, it is a ...

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Letters Live I – Freemasons’ Hall – London

Created by: Jamie Byng Director: Sam Hunter Reviewer: Deborah Parry It is safe to say that the art of letter writing, certainly when done by hand, is heading in the direction of extinction. The way that we communicate with one another is constantly evolving; we're far more likely to send Whatsapp messages to a loved one than two heartfelt pages ...

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Conviction – Above the Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Rebecca Morgan Director: Ria Samartzi Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Communist Czechoslovakia in 1950 is the setting for Rebecca Morgan's one-act play about two women on either side of the political divide, and how conviction in one's own beliefs can lead to drastically different conclusions. Gabriella Gadsby's Ludmila starts out as an innocent student with a taste for theatre, whose performance ...

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The Boys in the Band – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Mart Crowley Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Stephen Bates When Mart Crowley's play The Boys in the Band opened in New York in 1968, it raised many eyebrows, but, today, the only thing shocking about it is the factthat anyone ever saw it as shocking. The play centres on a raucous birthdayparty to whichMichael (Ian Hallard) has invitedfive other gay ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nicola Samer Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Shakespeare did love a good mistaken identity plot, more often than not with female characters disguising themselves as men, but this was usually a means to an end, helping them to win the man they love. However, The Comedy of Errors makes that its main focus, creating a convoluted tale of ...

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