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Our Country’s Good – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Fiona Buffini Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Timberlake Wertenbaker's 1988 play Our Country's Good seems an apt and almost perfect choice for the third of Ramps on the Moon theatre's annual touring productions with UK repertory theatres. This collaboration, with Nottingham Playhouse, is currently on tour and with a 17 strong integrated cast of deaf and disabled actors. ...

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Reasons to Be Cheerful – Derby Theatre

Book: Paul Sirett Music & Lyrics: Ian Dury and the Blockheads Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Dave Smith Like many UK acts that emerged in the late 1970s that were different to the family-friendly pop or bland disco that had previously dominated the charts, Ian Dury and the Blockheads were labelled as punk or new wave. Yet Ian Dury had been a ...

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Cosmic Scallies – Summerhall, Edinburgh

man and woman with close captions in background

Writer: Jackie Hagan Director: Amit Sharma Reviewer: Chloe St George Could we really be less tolerant, in cities, than people are out in the sticks? One would assume the opposite; cities tend to be more multicultural, more progressive. Shaun, one character in Jackie Hagan's two-hander Cosmic Scallies, criticises posh old Manchester, where one can't be oneself, compared to at home ...

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FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS with Cosmic Scallies

woman smoking stands in front of a wall of torn posters

It's that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A's. Next up it's Graeae and the Royal Exchange Theatre's Cosmic Scallies. In one sentence tell us about your show. A razor sharp, witty and touching new play about class, welfare and friendship in times of adversity, by award winning writer Jackie Hagan, directed by ...

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The House of Bernarda Alba – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Kathryn Hunter in House of Bernado Alba

Writer: Frederico Garcia Lorca Translator/Adaptor: Jo Clifford Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Lorca’s final play is brought to the Royal Exchange in a co-production with the disabled-led company Graeae in a stirring all-female production spearheaded by Kathryn Hunter. Hunter commanders the circular stage as the matriarch Bernarda who demands obedience from her household as she imposes an eight-year period ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Jamie Beddard on Ramps On The Moon

  Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre is busy preparing for their annual Pulse Festival, a festival that this year dedicates a day for conversation and ideas around disability and inclusion in theatre. Ramps On The Moon: Is It Possible? will be chaired by Jamie Beddard, one of the venue's two Agents For Change. Beddard spoke to Glen Pearce about the day ...

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Blood Wedding – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Frederico Garcia Lorca Adaptor: David Ireland Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Blood is thicker than water so the saying goes, and in in Lorca’s Blood Wedding family ties and blood certainly combine into some potent drama. As two families come together for a wedding it becomes clear that there are dark secrets just below the surface. Bitter ...

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Belonging – Roundhouse, London

Director: Jenny Sealey and Vinicius Daumas Reviewer: Christopher Hong This is a collaboration between Graeae which specialises in placing deaf and disabled artists in centre stageand Circo Crescer e Vivier, a social programme based in Rio de Janeiro focusing on circus performances. Part of CircusFest 2014, this brings together ten performances from both countries with their respective sign language interpreters. ...

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