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Checkpoint Chana – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Jeff Page Director: Manuel Bau Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Deep in the heart of Islington’s sleepy, hippy academia, poet Bev Hemmings has published a new volume of work. It should be a welcome cause of celebration, a bright spot in a life where her father’s slow descent into Alzheimer’s is exacerbating her alcoholism. But a line in one of the ...

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Into the Numbers – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Christopher Chen Director: Georgie Staight Reviewer: Alex Ramon As previously proven a couple of years ago with its brilliant, bruising production of Colleen Murphy’s Pig Girl, the Finborough isn’t a theatre that believes in easing us into the New Year with something cosy. And those already overdosed on festive theatrical fun may be relieved to discover that the theatre ...

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Bitches – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Bola Agbaje Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Alex Ramon Founded in 1956, as the first youth theatre in the world, and having boasted the likes of Helen Mirren, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Daniel Day-Lewis among its members, the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain remains a vital and vibrant force: a great place for aspiring actors and practitioners to get their ...

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Alpha Beta – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Ted Whitehead Director: Purni Morell Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Attention to detail in close quarters is an undeniably good trait to have. Magicians who rely on sleight of hand tricks, artists who make a feature of their brush strokes; good attention to detail is essential, you know? Same too for theatre in a small, brightly lit space. The visual details ...

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Pig Girl – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Colleen Murphy Director: Helen Donnelly Reviewer: Alex Ramon   The plays of Colleen Murphy have become something of a staple of the Finborough’s programming over the last few years, resulting in the playwright’s tenure as Canadian Writer-in-Residence at the theatre in 2011-12. The last work by Murphy to be staged at the Finborough (albeit all-too-briefly) was Armstrong’s War in ...

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Rachel – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Angelina Weld Grimké Director: Ola Ince Reviewer: Alex Ramon   Here’s a fascinating item indeed. Angelina Weld Grimké’s Rachel should, by rights, be heralded as a classic of 20th Century American drama. Written by Grimké in 1916 under commission for the NAACP, the piece is the first play produced professionally by an African-American woman writer, and one of the ...

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Hostage Song – Finborough Theatre, London

Music and lyrics: Kyle Jarrow Book: Clay McLeod Chapman Director: James Veitch Reviewer: Jessica Gray Hostage Song is both an unconventional yet tender story of budding friendship and a no holds barred edgy rock show. The indie rock musical, which first ran off-Broadway in 2008, is the work of writer Clay McLeod Chapman and composer and lyricist Kyle Jarrow. This ...

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Thérèse Raquin – Finborough, London

Writer: Émile Zola Adaptor / Director: Nona Shepphard Composer: Craig Adams Reviewer: Tom Finch Thérèse Raquin is a young woman married to her rather dull husband and his overbearing mother working in the family haberdashery. Before long a handsome man from her husbands childhood appears and a whirlwind romance leads to a tragic ending.Staged on Laura Cordery's superbly claustrophobic set, ...

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