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Birdsong – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff (adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks) Directors: Alastair Whatley and Charlotte Peters Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting: Alex Wardle Sound: Dominic Bilkey Reviewer: Janet Jepson Any mention of the First World War, otherwise known as the Great War, evokes in most people a sense of waste. All those young, often underage, innocent lives lost needlessly; swathes of ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest  – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell What a wonderful conceit it is that a relationship should be founded upon a name and what a wickedly witty script Oscar Wilde produces to lure audiences into that conceit. But alas the input of the author is the only really wonderful part of the Original Theatre Company’s production of this ...

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Wait Until Dark – Exeter Northcott

Writer: Frederick Knott                Director:  Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest Three men meet in a darkened flat to search for a doll stuffed with heroin that was given to the unsuspecting photographer who owns the flat with his wife. Two of these are con men, fresh out of jail. The third is a remorseless killer. Roat, the killer who dresses like ...

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Invincible – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Stephen Darcy Designer: Victoria Spearing Reviewer: Ron Simpson Following its extremely successful tour last year, Original Theatre Company’s production of Invincible, now directed by Stephen Darcy and with one change of cast, has embarked on a second tour that will take it through to April. No wonder, this is a fine production of a play as ...

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Invincible – Derby Theatre

Alastair Whatley as Oliver and Emily Bowker as Emily

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Stephen Darcy Reviewer: Hannah Powell An incredible piece of theatre which is not only hilarious but also heart-warming and thought-provoking, Invincible depicts the story of Oliver (Alastair Whatley) and Emily (Emily Bowker), a couple more used to the southern way of things, as they relocate their family up north and have their first encounter with their ...

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Shadowlands – Exeter Northcott

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer:Kelyn Luther Shadowlands, adapted for film in 1993 starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger, is based on C.S Lewis’ (Stephen Boxer) relationship with Joy Gresham (Amanda Ryan), an intellectual woman 17 years younger. When she becomes terminally ill, Lewis’ firm ideals of the purpose of suffering and the nature of God are challenged. The ...

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Shadowlands – New Theatre, Cardiff

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Emily Garside Shadowlands is a two-tier play. On one hand, it is a story of love found later in life and the meeting of minds and hearts. On the other, it is a reflection on the nature of God, faith and theology. Both are engaging to watch, and fascinating to think about. However, ...

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Invincible – Exeter Northcott

The company of Original Theatre's Invincible

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Chris Harper Reviewer:Kelyn Luther Invincible invites comparison with Alan Ayckbourn’s work in its tragicomic look at domestic life. The play explores the north-south class divide, as middle-class southerners Emily (Emily Bowker) and Oliver (Alastair Whatley) move up North and attempt to befriend their neighbours, football-loving Alan (Graeme Brookes) and his glamorous wife Dawn (Kerry Bennett). The ...

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