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City of Glass – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Paul Auster Adaptor: Duncan MacMillan Director: Leo Warner Reviewer: Brian Gorman Well, this is eye-opening (and mind-expanding) stuff! Adapted by Duncan MacMillan from the first book of American novelist Paul Auster's 1980s trilogy, the 59 Theatre Company have a world premiere to be proud of. This is an intense, beautiful, visually-glorious experience that kicks off with depressed thriller writer ...

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The Glass Menagerie – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Dave Smith   The Glass Menagerie isn’t just the play that first established the reputation of Tennessee Williams, it’s also his most overtly autobiographical work. Told from the point of view of aspiring poet Tom Wingfield (Tom was Williams’ given name), it centres on his attempts to escape both a humdrum job in ...

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A New Play for the General Election – Finborough Theatre, London

  Writer and Director: Chris New Reviewer: Stephen Bates   traditionally, the theatre has been a place for escaping to during tedious Election campaigns, but no refuge can be found at the Finborough while this play is running. Chris New’s new work (is the word “new” in the title meant to be ambiguous?), devised with the cast, is set on ...

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Smallholding – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Dunkley Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Andy Moseley ‘You miss so much when you’re looking the other way’ proclaims Jen, one of the two characters in Smallholding. By the end of the play I was more concerned about what I’d seen looking the right way. Smallholding seems to have been conceived to meet Hightide Festivals selection criteria. Set in ...

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The Precariat – Finborough, London

Writer: Chris Dunkley Director: Chris New Reviewer: Lou Flaxman [rating:3] Against a backdrop of televisions held together with duct tape, Chris Dunkley’s story of a teenage boy getting to grips with his place in a financially precarious Britain unfolds. In the wake of the London riots of 2011, 15 year old schoolboy Finn must decide whether to pursue his education ...

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Smallholding – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Chris Dunkley Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3.5] The dream of escaping city life, returning to the countryside and becoming self-sufficient is something many aspire to in the middle of their hectic lifestyle. For Jen and Andy though their move from London to a rundown farm in Northamptonshire is about as far removed from that other tale of ...

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