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Black Mountain – Paines Roundabout, Little Hulton

Writer: Brad Birch Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Andrea Allen Rebecca and Paul are off on a country break. But this is far from the idyllic isolated getaway, it’s time for an intervention, they’re here to save their relationship. As the couple try to work through their issues, the mind-games begin, and as reality and paranoia blur through the isolated landscape, ...

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Broken Biscuits – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Tom Well Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Kris Hallett For Ben, Holly and Megan, their GCSE exams are behind them and a long summer of preparing to enter the 'cool' world of college awaits. It's an opportunity to blow away past convention, to raise their social standings from geeky outsider to the hip in-crowd. Megan has a plan, to form ...

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Broken Biscuits  – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Tom Wells Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts In recent years Tom Wells has become a young playwright to watch, creating heartfelt narratives and quirky characters. Broken Biscuits sees this formula brought to life within the setting of a beautifully designed garden shed. It's the summer holidays. The most important summer holidays; the one between school and college and Meg (Faye Christall) isn't about to let Holly (Grace Hogg-Robbinson) and Ben (Andrew Reed) waste ...

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The Angry Brigade – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: James Graham Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Joan Phillips After his sell out success with This House, James Graham returns to familiar ground reminding us of the social and political upheavals of the 1970s in his new play The Angry Brigade. A group of self-styled anarchists set about a bombing campaign aimed at high profile targets such as politicians, buildings ...

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Latitude Festival: Hopelessly Devoted

Writer: Kate Tempest Directors: James Grieve,Stef O’Driscoll Reviewer: Paul Couch Life behind bars is never easy but when your cellmate is your soul mate and recreational lover, and her sentence is a fraction of yours, then it’s catastrophic disaffection waiting to happen. In Paines Plough’s offering for this year’s Latitude festival, Chess and Serena find themselves in exactly that position. ...

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Latitude Festival Preview: Paines Plough

Alongside the multi-coloured sheep, the sea of tents and the annual conundrum of packing wellies or sunglasses, Paines Plough are fast becoming an integral part of the Latitude Festival. In a line-up that evolves each year to reflect the changing themes, Tania Harrison manages each year to programme a mix of new theatre artists and established favourites to tempt festival ...

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Translations – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Brian Friel Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Alice Frances Brian Friel wrote his classic play in 1980, during the period of the troubles in Northern Ireland. Strangely, Friel denied that it was a play about politics, stating that it was about 'language and only language'. Indeed it is a delightful dramatisation of the illegal hedge schools existing in Ireland throughout ...

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Wasted – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer: Kate Tempest Music: Kwake Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Vicky Pearson [rating:4] Entering into a gig space at the Student Union of Warwick University seemed apt for this production, you really feel as if you are stepping into a club, or another world. Dark, dingy and with a lingering smell of stale beer it makes this play even more enticing. ...

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