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A Christmas Carol – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Ron Simpson Yorkshire’s second version of A Christmas Carol to open this Christmas proves, above all, the wonderful dramatic qualities of the original story. The two productions – by Front Room Productions and, now, by Hull Truck Theatre – have very different production concepts, both extremely successful, but despite the ...

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Bare Skin on Briny Waters – Pleasance Bunker One, Edinburgh

woman maureen lennon dressed in a bathrobe

Writers: Maureen Lennon & Tabitha Mortiboy Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys This reflective story from Maureen Lennon and Tabitha Mortiboy, is both personal and universal to the generation of Millennials, promised so much, yet largely failing to forge their own path in the world. On a spare playing space, furnished only with a wooden bench and a floor scattered with shards of mirrored ...

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Richard III – Hull Truck Theatre

three men, one woman, King Richard III

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Neil Murray Musical Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Ron Simpson The staging of Richard III at Hull Truck resonates in several ways. It is produced in association with Hulls Year of Culture and Northern Broadsides as a Shakespearean contribution to Hull 2017 and a celebration of Broadsides’ 25th anniversary. Founded by one of Hull’s ...

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The Hypocrite – Swan Theatre, Stratford on Avon

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer:  James Garrington One thing you can pretty much guarantee with a Richard Bean script – you won’t be bored. Set at the beginning of the English Civil War, The Hypocrite is based on a true story. Hull has the largest military arsenal outside London – with signs of civil war looming, whoever takes ...

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The Complete Deaths – Hull Truck Theatre

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Adaptor: Tim Crouch Director: Tim Crouch Designer: Lucy Bradridge Reviewer: Ron Simpson Initially staged in Northampton and Brighton, Spymonkey’s The Complete Deaths now starts a two-month international tour at Hull Truck, a tour that takes in Italy as well as the UK before finishing up in Chicago. The international element is highly appropriate: Spymonkey consists of four accomplished clowns including ...

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Educating Rita – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Mark Babych Designer: James Turner Reviewer: Ron Simpson Watching Educating Rita on stage in 2016 is a slightly odd experience, enjoyable nonetheless. The play’s on-stage history, with many more productions in the last six or seven years than in the previous 20, suggests a current wish to get back to the original after years of domination ...

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Folk – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Patrick Bridgman_Stephen, Connie Walker_Winnie, Chloe Harris_Kayleigh in Folk

Writer: Tom Wells Director:Tessa Walker Reviewer: Mattie Bagnall Tom Wells is at it again. His ability to write socially relevant plays such as Jumpers for Goalposts and Me, As A Penguin has earned him the reputation of being a leading figure in theatre’s new writing. His latest play Folk premieres at the Birmingham REP and is co-produced with Hull Truck ...

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Stones in his Pockets – Hull Truck Theatre

Conan Sweeny(Charlie) and Charlie de Bromhead(Jake)

Writer: Marie Jones Director: John Terry Designer: Samantha Dowson Lighting: Alexandra Stafford Reviewer: Ron Simpson Though this touring production, co-produced by the Dukes Lancaster and The Theatre, Chipping Norton, diverts and entertains and provokes the occasional thought, it is difficult to understand why Marie Jones’ amusing and ingenious play became what the programme rightly calls “a phenomenal global success” 20 ...

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