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The Gambit – Greater Manchester Fringe Festival: The Swan, Dobcross

Writer: Mark Reid Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Iain Sykes The game of chess is a complex one. A multi-layered battle of cerebral tactics, each move and its implications and ramifications thought out to the nth degree, it’s fascinating to watch the game unfold even if the casual observer at times doesn’t have the first clue as to what’s going on. ...

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The Glass Protege – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Dylan Costello Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Classic black-and-white films are being screened as the audience enters the theatre for this emotional drama, serving as a reminder of the “golden age” of Hollywood. It was an era in which movie stars were treated as merely products by studios that, being concerned only with image, were prepared to ...

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Hello, Norma Jeane – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Dylan Costello Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Ann Bawtree   Giant Cherry Productions is a company set up with the express purpose, as the play’s programme says, “to bring a wave of new Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual productions to the global film, theatre and television scene”. It certainly fulfils it ambition in Hello Norma Jeane, although the homosexuality of one ...

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Austen – theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh

Writers: Bernie C. Byrnes and Rob Winlow Director: Matthew Gould Musical Director: James Cleeve Reviewer: Danielle Shields Dear Reader, It has come to my attention that an arts festival has beenutilisingmy prose as well as my life story to sell as entertainment. Although I do not endorse any such mimicry, it was at the request of my beloved friend Walter ...

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San Domino – Arcola Theatre, London

Music, Book and Lyrics: Tim Anfilogoff and Alan Whittaker Director: Matthew Gould Musical Director: James Cleeve Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhard   ‘Grimeborn’ – the Arcola’s very own Opera festival to rival the more well-known Glyndebourne, is launched this year with the premiere of San Domino; a musical that focuses on the plight of homosexual men under Mussolini’s rule in war-time ...

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Anorak – Hope Theatre, London

Writer: Adam Kelly Morton Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Fran Beaton In 1989, Marc Lepine went into the University of Montreal and gunned down 14 women. Their crime? The rise of feminism and the audacity of females to want it all. High school and university massacres are far too frequent and always tragic. Typically, they are conducted by a socially inept, ...

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ShellShock – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Writer: Tim Thomas (music, book and lyrics) Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The issue of combat "shell shock" - in a modern context, diagnosed as "combat stress reaction" or post-traumatic stress disorder - seems to be an odd subject for a musical. That's a reaction that's only compounded by Waterloo East's new production, Shell Shock. Set in 1975, the ...

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The Anorak – Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Adam Kelly Morton Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4] On 6 December 1989, Marc Lepine walked into a Montreal University, killed 14 women and then killed himself. This 90-minute monologue from Chewed Up Theatre attempts to get inside the mind of a mass murderer and explain what might seem to be inexplicable. The audience is seated men on ...

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