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Hearing Voices – Print Room @ The Coronet, London

Music: Jocelyn Pook Director: Emma Bernard Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Mental illness is one of the last great stigmas of modern society, it’s also one of the oldest. From the horrifying tales of Victorian asylums to modern definitions of PTSD, those who struggle with a mental illness have often found themselves on the fringes of society. Jocelyn Pook’s new show Hearing ...

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Queen Anne – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: Natalie Abrahami Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Fascination with monarchy and the frailties and frivolities of the ruling classes has never really gone out of fashion with the public. Watching a work such as Helen Edmundson’s Queen Anne reinforces the fact that politics, both high and low, has always been, to some degree, crude, rude, unseemly and scrappy. ...

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Bridle – Kings Head Theatre, London

  Writer: Stephanie Martin Director: Chloe Doherty Reviewer: Saoirse Anton “I’m just a bit much.” The heroine of Bridle is a modern woman. She is a feminist, a 21st Century feminist. She drinks, smokes, swears, spurns shame, and embraces her sexuality. She shows and tells the audience all of this, at the same time as telling an invisible and reticent ...

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The Drag – National Theatre, London

Writer: Mae West Director: Polly Stenham Reviewer: Tom Finch It was 90 years ago that Mae West’s The Drag opened in the unsuspecting town of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Examining as it does, the details of the New York gay scene it was utterly scandalous for its time and after a few performances, it was shut down. Its author, West, was promptly served a ...

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Yank! – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Joseph Zellnik (Music), David Zellnik (Book and Lyrics) Director: James Baker Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Zellnik brothers bring their exuberant off-Broadway success story to The Big Smoke, affording Londoners a thoroughly engrossing view of the unfamiliar battleground of same-sex romance during World War Two. Yank! hinges around the breakneck wartime metamorphosis of Stu, played with wide-eyed believability by Scott Hunter, a clumsy ...

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Body & Blood – King’s Head Theatre, London

  Writer: Lorraine Mullaney Director: Fumi Gomez Reviewer: Maryam Philpott What would you sacrifice for your family? Anything you’re probably thinking, but that’s all very well in theory, when it comes to specifics you might not be so keen. Lorraine Mullaney’s new play Body & Blood set in 1956 considers the sacrifices young women in rural Ireland were frequently asked ...

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Bent – National Theatre, London

Writer: Martin Sherman Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Stephen Bates On the weekend when the 50th Anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales is being celebrated, this rehearsed reading of Martin Sherman's landmark play Bent, acts as a sobering reminder of the horrors to which victimisation can lead. Stephen Daldry, then a young student, saw the play on its initial ...

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Certain Young Men – National Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Peter Gill Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Part of the National Theatre’s Queer Theatre season of rehearsed readings, Peter Gill’s Certain Young Men is a collection of scenes, some related but many not, about the lives of four gay male couples. Written at the end of the 1990s, some five years before the Civil Partnerships Act gave the first legal recognition ...

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