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The War of the Worlds – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

A man stands listening to a short wave radio

Writer: Tin Robot Theatre based on the book by H G Wells Director: Adam Carver Reviewer: John Kennedy Given any successful extra-terrestrial alien invasion needs be predicated on said bug-eyed monsters having, in Wells’ words, ‘minds immeasurably superior to ours,’ it begs the question why his tripodal Martians didn’t think to have a flu-jab before trashing up Horsell Common. Wells’ fin-d’siècle apocalypse ...

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5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writers: Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood Director: Karl Steele Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ginny has moved to mid-1950s America from England and feels herself strangely drawn to The Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein, a society for women that proudly claims that arm in arm they are the equal of any man. Every year the society holds a quiche ...

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Shakespeare’s Will – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Vern Thiessen Director: Marianne Gaston Reviewer: John Kennedy Nuanced, elegiac in its embrace, empathic in tone and essential humanity, writer Vern Thiessen describes the conceit of his using Shakespeare’s documented Will, as ‘a springboard for his imagination.’ Rain, brooks and rivers washing down to the sea remain a translucent canvas for revisited imagery and symbolism throughout the performance and he plunges ...

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The Testament of Mary – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Colm Tóibín Director: Tracey Street Reviewer: John Kennedy ‘the mother of all controversies’. This invitation preview showcases The Old Joint Stock Theatre’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s play before moving to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Somewhere within the Judean/Palestinian occupied territories, Mary (Jean Wilde) mother of Jesus, is being held hostage in a grubby cell. Hostage to whom, and why? Intermittently, agitated men ...

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writers: Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield (based on the book by William Shakespeare) Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight The Shakespeare canon is pretty extensive – 37 plays generally accepted as by him, the less generally accepted Shakespeare Apocrypha and, of course, the 154 sonnets. In their 2006/7 season, the Royal Shakespeare Company performed the complete works in a ...

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Di and Viv and Rose – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Amelia Bullmore Director: Ellie Darvill Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Di, Viv and Rose. Three very different girls meeting in halls of residence. They become friends and share a house for two years, sharing in the ups and downs of student life – and there are plenty of both. Can they ‘meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just ...

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Re:Production – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

A woman in a white coat faces us standing in a corridor

Writer: Jenna May Hobbs Director: Suzanna Ward Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Tom and Karen are a thoroughly modern couple, totally comfortable with each other and completely in love. Both professionals, their life story has been perfect so far, from their first awkward meeting and their shared journey through the stages of love as defined by scientists at Rutgers. In case you aren’t familiar ...

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The Silence of Snow – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

A man sits despondent in a chair

Writer: Mark Farrelly Director: Linda Marlowe Reviewer: John Kennedy Hagiography, visceral, warts n’ all dissection, Mark Farrelly’s, soul-gnawing, one man biographical portrait of Patrick Hamilton as literary furnace/self-destructive drinker for England, is a study of crafted intelligence, intimate research and empathic nuance. Even so, it’s a big ask to anticipate evoking anything other than contemptible antipathy for such an adulterous, ...

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