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Really Want to Hurt Me – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer & Director: Ben SantaMaria Performer: Ryan Price Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Written and directed by Ben SantaMaria, this is the premiere of the full-length version of Really Want to Hurt Me, with an earlier scratch version longlisted for the national Heretic Voices monologue prize at the Arcola Theatre. Performed by Ryan Price, the show follows a young man as he ...

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Woman Before a Glass – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Lanie Robertson Director: Austin Pendleton Reviewer: Scott Matthewman For a woman born at the tail end of the 19th century, Peggy Guggenheim strikes a very modern, liberated chord in Woman Before a Glass, a one-act play by Lanie Robertson. Far more sexually and socially liberated than her peers, Guggenheim collected husbands (not necessarily her own) with as much vigour ...

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Quarter Life Crisis – Underbelly Delhi Belly, Edinburgh

woman yoland mercy in a party hat

Writer: Yolanda Mercy Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The last few years have seen an upsurge in shows from Millennials pondering the meaning of life, and this year’s Fringe is positively awash with 20-somethings decrying their lack of a future and the problems of ‘adulting’. Yolanda Mercy, through her semi-autobiographical character Alicia in Quarter Life Crisis, brings, in her own words; “some ...

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Taha – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Amer Hlehel  Translator/Director Amir Nizar Zuabi Director: Amir Nizar Zuabi Reviewer: Jo Beggs Growing up in Palestine in the 1940s, Taha Muhammed Ali was already proving himself a shrewd businessman and intellectual in his mid-teens. Full of determination and with an intense thirst for learning, Taha takes it upon himself to drag his family out of poverty and delights ...

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Shirley Valentine – The Lowry, Salford

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Jo Beggs By 1986, when he wrote Shirley Valentine, Willy Russell had already established himself as one of the country’s most acclaimed comic playwrights. Educating Rita had already, and fairly swiftly, made its way from the stage to the screen and Russell had proven that eighties man could speak with a powerful feminist ...

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The Preston Bill – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter 

Writer &Performer: Andy Smith  Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts    Spanning eight decades, several wars and countless political movements, The Preston Bill follows a place called Preston and a man called Bill.     Andy Smith takes us on a journey through the life of Bill and the town he calls home. Born before the beginning of the Second World War Bill grows up in Preston as Preston ...

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Wanting the Moon – Bread and Roses Theatre, London

Writer and performer: Rose Collis Director: Keith Drinkel Reviewer: Scott Matthewman By all accounts, Clemence Dane was a fascinating person. Born Winifred Ashton in 1888, she gained her greatest fame after assuming a pseudonym based on the church of St Clement Danes on the Strand. An actor, artist, novelist and playwright, after moving into screenplay writing she won an Oscar, ...

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Kissing Frogs – Landor Theatre, London

Writer: Sophie Osborne Director: John Garfield-Roberts Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Jess is approaching 30, and single. Very single. And although she’s not been unsuccessful in having drunken, one-night encounters, now she’s on the lookout for a boyfriend. So begins Sophie Osborne’s self-penned monologue about modern life as a single girl. And so we have the speed dating scene, the disgust with ...

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