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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Eugene O'Neill Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Torran McEwan The play starts with an uncomfortable mimicry of a happy family. Mary and James, the parents of the family, are embarrassingly cute, professing their love for one another while their sons faux-retch. But despite everyone’s herculean efforts, the façade is falling apart. Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical play tracks one day, from breakfast ...

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Cathy – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Adrian Jackson Writer: Ali Taylor Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald To commemorate 50 years since the release of Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home and on their 25th anniversary, Cardboard Citizens theatre company revive Ali Taylor’s Cathy. After an unexpected visit from her new landlord, Cathy quickly finds herself possessing only the clothes she has stuffed in the bag carried by her ...

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Mary Stuart – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Friedrich Schiller Adaptor/Director: Robert Icke Reviewer: Dave Cunningham As the audience waits for Almeida’s production of Mary Stuart to begin it is hard to ignore a series of screens that feature an image of a coin in a golden bowl. This is one of a number of ways in which director Robert Icke brings tension and anxiety to his adaptation ...

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Birdsong- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Sebastian Faulks adapted by Rachel Wagstaff Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff Directors: Alastair Whatley and Charlotte Peters   Reviewer: Dave Cunningham At the conclusion of Rachel Wagstaff’ s adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong a character opines that future generations will be unaware of the horror of the first World War. As the audience entering The Quays Theatre at The Lowry gets ...

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Trainspotting Live – The Vaults, London

Writer: Irvine Walsh Adaptor: Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher & Greg Esplin Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s customary for reviewers to quote a line or two from a production to give a feel for what the audience can expect, however, in this case there isn’t a single line that can be printed in full. Trainspotting is, to put it lightly, extreme. ...

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Just An Ordinary Lawyer – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Tayo Aluko Director: Amanda Huxtable Reviewer: Matt Forrest Just an Ordinary Lawyer proved something tonight; you don’t need a fancy set or stage trickery to tell a good story: just a fine performance, a captivating script and a musical maestro on the piano. Put all these ingredients into the mix and what you have is a thought-provoking, captivating piece ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime From The Frontline – The Lowry, Salfor

Director:  Joe Douglas Reviewer: Paul Maguire There is much comedy and drama that comes out of adversity, and there can’t be many more wretched conditions in which to produce a stand up comedy show than a refugee camp in the West Bank. Mark Thomas, the veteran political comedian, activist and journalist brings to The Lowry his production, Showtime From the ...

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Bingo! – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

three women and a table

Writers: Anita Vettesse and Johnny McKnight Director: Jemima Levick Composer: Alan Penman Reviewer: S.E. Webster Pens at the ready! Eyes down! It’s fun, entertaining and contains only minor bloodshed. Not your average night at the theatre – much better in fact! A new collaboration between Stella Quines Theatre Company and Grid Iron, Bingo! focuses on the trials and tribulations of ...

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