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The Girls – Phoenix Theatre, London

Writers: Tim Firth &Gary Barlow Director: Tim Firth Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s been a film, a play and now with Gary Barlow adding a little razzle-dazzle, the true story of a group of women in the Yorkshire hills stripping off to pose in a nude charity calendar, has arrived in the West End as a musical. While the film, written ...

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Boy Stroke Girl – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer &Director: Ian Dixon Potter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We live in enlightened times, don’t we? Told we can do anything, be anything, try anything we want to, and find our individuality. But that’s not quite how things really are. Even for the unconventional there are recognisable traits, a look, a way of being that is “acceptable” – if you want ...

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Getting Dressed – Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio, London

Director and Choreographer: Rosie Heafford Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Anyone who had a dressing up box as a child will know the feeling of pleasure to be gained from putting on ridiculously oversized clothes and just mucking about. It’s that feeling of joyous playfulness that is at the heart of Second Hand Dance’s family show. Starting in their underwear, three dancers ...

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Cĩa Eva Yerbabuena: Aparencias – Sadler’s Wells, London

  Choreographer/ Director: Eva Yerbabuena Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh   Against a dimly lit and sparse setting, we are introduced to flamenco in its purest form.  The setting pays homage to Nosforatu; a dark and eerie space mirroring its auditorium. Stillness abounds and we are introduced to a female goddess, resplendent in her sparse surroundings, bald headed and raw. The introduction ...

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A Clockwork Orange – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Anthony Burgess Director:  Alexandra Spencer-Jones Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you could end violence forever by adjusting someone’s personality, would you? Even if it meant that the criminal lost their own humanity, and would that make you as barbaric as them? These debates were given voice by Anthony Burgess’ controversial 1962 novel, which became the equally controversial 1971 Kubrick film ...

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good dog – Watford Palace Theatre, London

Writer: Arinzé Kene Director: Natalie Ibu Reviewer: Stephen Bates A 13-year-old boy looks out from the balcony of his tower block flat and surveys the community below him, making wry and cutting observations a little like the narrator in Under Milk Wood. He sees wrongdoing but vows that he will, himself, stay on the straight and narrow, hoping that his ...

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Israel Galván: Fla.Co.Men – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographer: Israel Galvan Reviewer: T.L. Wiswell Israel Galvan continues to sit on the top of the world of Flamenco, but rather than taking this position as one from which he can receive adulation, he seems to be looking around at his kingdom and saying, "Now what?" In 2014 this resulted in Torobaka, a collaboration with Akram Khan; but for the ...

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Flew the Coop – New Diorama, London

Writer: Rianna Dearden Director: Louise Skaaning Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Many of the best war films are set in Prisoner of War Camps, where something about the bravery of endurance under unthinkable conditions combined with the traditional notions of heroism focused around the all-important escape attempt make for compelling viewing. The Great Escape, The One That Got Away, The Colditz Story ...

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