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Chip Shop Chips – Market Hall, Scarborough

Writer: Becky Prestwich Director: Adam Quayle Designer: Katie Scott Reviewer: Ron Simpson When Richard Wagner came up with the idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk, the total all-embracing work of art, he probably didn’t anticipate mixing in fish suppers, a trivia quiz and a silly-hat competition with a touching little comedy/drama of first love, lost love and the impermanence of youth. Adam ...

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Narvik – Theatre Royal, York

Writer Lizzie Nunnery Director: Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder Composers: Vidar Norheim and Martin Heslop Reviewer: Ron Simpson It is significant that playwright Lizzie Nunnery is described as “a singer-songwriter”, Narvik is billed as “a new play with songs” and Box of Tricks, the company that commissioned it and is touring it, call themselves “the new play makers”. The play and production are very much ...

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Narvik – Home, Manchester

Joe Shipman as Jim in Narvik

Writer: Lizzie Nunnery Director: Hannah Tyrell-Pinder Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Box of Tricks, the Manchester-based new-writing focused theatre company, have combined forces with Lizzie Nunnery to create this enchanting emotional memory play. We are introduced to 90-year-old Liverpudlian Jim who has fallen in his home and cannot find the strength to stand, while the ghosts and memories of his past begin ...

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Plastic Figurines – New Diorama, London

Writer: Ella Carmen Greenhill Director: Adam Quayle Reviewer: Stephen Bates Following a lengthy tour beginningin 2015, Manchester-basedtheatre company Box of Tricks is bringing back its production of Ella Carmen Greenhill's 75-minute play Plastic Figurinesfor a four-week London run. The production's success seems to confirm a recent trend which has seen the "difficult" subject of autism become box office and the ...

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Chip Shop Chips – Red and Green Club, Huddersfield

Chip Shop Chips - Production Image

Writer: Becky Prestwich Director: Adam Quayle Reviewer: Rich Jevons When the visual and performing arts work with food, it is always a media attention-grabbing ruse, and in fact, this is the second fish and chip supper offered in the name of art in the region in the last year (Mikron Theatre performed One of Each at the Wetherby Whaler). But ...

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Chip Shop Chips – The Hub, Salford

Chip Shop Chips - Production Image

Writer: Becky Prestwich Director: Adam Quayle Reviewer: Hannah Hiett Set in a chip shop, but staged in Salford community centre The Hub – Chip Shop Chips isn’t quite site-specific, but feels like it should be (if only there was a big enough chippie to be had.) Chip Shop Chips is a nostalgic ode to young love, old love and all ...

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Plastic Figurines – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Ella Carmen Greenhill Director: Adam Quayle Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   Hot on the heels of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,The Lowry hosts another play with a central character on the autism spectrum. The enthusiastic response of a packed house suggests that the audience still has an appetite for the subject. But then Plastic Figurines is ...

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Plastic Figurines – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Ella Carmen Greenhill Director: Adam Quayle Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin Plastic Figurines is Ella Carmen Greenhill's compelling new play that takes a look into the often misunderstood world of autism. Drawing from her own experiences of growing up with an autistic brother, we are invited into an eye opening fictional world that highlights how the condition affects everyone within its ...

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