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Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

woman with croissant and strawberries on her head

Reviewer: Emily Hall Travellers from out of town hoping to get the most out Fringe will all appreciate Pleasance’s Bite-Sized Breakfast Shows. Human and relatable, each one of these short plays is worth seeing, squeezing a plethora of genres into just one morning. The show wastes no time. You are handed tea, strawberries and a croissant on the door and ...

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Road – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: John Tiffany Reviewer: Tom Finch Set among the houses of an unnamed street somewhere in Lancashire during the Thatcher years, Jim Cartwright’s seminal play Road is now playing at the Royal Court 30 years after its first production. Eschewing plot for character study the piece explores the lives of the working class inhabitants over the course ...

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The Railway Children: The Lowry, Salford

four children stare at a boy lying in a railway tunnell

Writer: E Nesbitt Adaptor: Dave Simpson Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Trains, as you would expect, are a central feature of The Railway Children. It seems appropriate; therefore, that tonight there are technical glitches and the show starts late. When their father disappears under mysterious circumstances Roberta (Millie Turner), Phyllis   (Katherine Carlton) and Peter (Vinay Lad) are reduced to ...

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MIF 2017: Returning to Reims – HOME, Manchester 

Writer: Didier Eribon adapted by The Schaubühne Adaptor: The Schaubühne Director:  Thomas Ostermeier Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Returning to Reims puts the International in the Manchester International Festival. The play is adapted from a best-selling French memoir, The Schaubühne Theatre Company is German and the main actor has featured in a US thriller TV series. European theatres enjoy greater subsidy than ...

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MIF 2017: Party Skills for the End of the World –  Centenary Building, Salford

Writer: Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari with Abgail Conway Reviwer: Dave Cunningham Although the degree may differ parties and theatre are both social events at which people interact. In   Party Skills for the End of the World, creators Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari, along with designer Abgail Conway, set out to demolish the imaginary wall between audience and performers. This ...

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Death of a Salesman – Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

two men sitting on chairs one at desk

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Abigail Graham Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Some plays have the ability to feel as if they belong to whatever time they are performed, their relevance remaining in spite of the years that have passed since they were first performed. Death of a Salesman is one such play and the Royal and Derngate touring production more than does justice to ...

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War in America – New Parliament House, Edinburgh

man standing in courrtroom war in america edinburgh

Writer: Jo Clifford Director: Susan Worsfold Reviewer: Emily Hall Director Susan Worsfield has brought War in America  to life for the first time, over twenty years after it was written. Though the play was deemed “too offensive” for production in 1996, it is a striking anecdote to 2017, touching on issues of government corruption, political naiveté and chaotic leader transitions ...

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Jane Eyre – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Charlotte Bronte Adaptor & Director: Sally Cookson Sound Designer: Dominic Bilkey Composer: Benji Bower Reviewer: S.E. Webster From Michael Fassbender to Judi Dench, film star royalty have repeatedly tackled Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, while countless school children throughout the country have been made to study it. Among the countless crinoline TV adaptations filled with swooning Janes and rakish Rochesters, the ...

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