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The Believers Are But Brothers – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Javaad Alipoor Directors: Kirsty Housley & Javaad Alipoor Reviewer: Stephen Bates “Keep your mobile ‘phones ON and keep them on LOUD” we are instructed, thereby making this different from any normal visit to the theatre before even leaving the foyer. But Javaad Alipoor’s hour-long show/presentation/lecture is anything but a normal visit to the theatre. Alipoor’s topic is radicalisation. Heard and ...

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Dietrich: Natural Duty – The Vaults, London

Writer: Peter Groom and Oliver Gully Director: Oliver Gully Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty This is not, by any measure, an exhaustive account of Marlene Dietrich’s life, or even her war experience. But Peter Groom’s portrayal and biographical presentation gives so much emotional depth and insight into the woman, and the character, that in one short hour we feel we know her ...

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Oranges & Elephants the Musical – Hoxton Hall, London

Writer Lil Warren Director: Susie McKenna Reviewer: Sophia Moss “Can you smell the gin-soaked walls?” cries the chair (Susannah van der Berg) in her red tailcoat and top hat. You can’t literally smell gin, but Hoxton Hall reeks of history. Dating back to 1866, the theatre is suitably old-fashioned in its three-tiered layout with the red draw curtains and a ...

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There or Here – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Jennifer Maisel Director: Vik Sivalingham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Maybe Donald Trump’s America frowns upon outsourcing of work to developing countries, but, back in 2006, the practice was widespread. Expanding on this theme, Los Angeles based writer Jennifer Maisel’s play comes up with the idea that it could have been easier and cheaper for would-be parents to find surrogate mothers ...

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Mother –  The Barbican, London

Creator: Peeping Tom Director: Gabriela Carrizo Reviewer: Richard Maguire Nightmares have never looked so beautiful than in Mother, the new show by Peeping Tom, the cult dance company from Belgium. On the wide stage of the Barbican, dancers are staccato lightning-bolts electrified by grief and unrequited love; they come together to produce wondrous and shocking tableaux of loss. In the ...

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John – National Theatre, London

Writer: Annie Baker Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Stephen Bates Annie Baker is a writer who does not like to hurry. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick, staged at the National’s Dorfman Theatre in the Spring of 2016, found time for long silences and spells when the stage was left empty, but, in over three inaction-packed hours, she created characters and ...

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Beginning – Ambassadors Theatre, London

Writer: David Eldridge Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is gone 3am, and Danny is the sole remaining party guest at Laura’s housewarming. They have been making eyes at each other all night, but now is the moment of truth – should he stay, or go? So begins the National Theatre transfer of David Eldridge’s awkwardly believable romantic comedy, ...

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The War Has Not Yet Started – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Mikhail Durnenkov Translator: Noah Birksted-Breen Director: Gordon Anderson Reviewer: Stephen Bates Russian writer Mikhail Durnenkov’s play is set on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It begins with three characters languishing “in the zone”, helped by drink or immersion in a video game, and then proceeds to demonstrate the hazards away from their domestic cosiness - warfare, human frictions, ...

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