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Out of Love – Summerhall, Edinburgh

two women one man standing

Writer: Elinor Cook Director: James Grieve Reviewer: John Kennedy Elinor Cook's life-affirming, celebratory love-letter to childhood innocence, inseparable friendship, parental break-ups, adolescent angst and amazement, not least, teenage clumsy fag and bike-shed fumbling are the stepping-stones of Lorna and Grace's lives. The play's title has teasing ambiguities. Out of their love, any later nuance of gay affection, seems almost trivial, ...

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Box Clever – Summerhall, Edinburgh

two women one with clown nose on

Writer: Monsay Whitney Director: Stef O'Driscoll Reviewer: John Kennedy Writer/protagonist, Monsay Whitney, is Marnie. In tandem with Avi Simmons as multi-flexible-role, foil punch-bag facilitator, she catalogues her descent in to the, “Chaos that follows us everywhere”. Her catastrophic narrative is a monologue of mayhem punctuated with eviscerating emotional shrapnel. It’s a given that the toxic fallout of her appalling choice ...

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Scorch – Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Stacey Gregg Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: John Kennedy Gathering more stars than a greedy telescope, Scorch bristles and blisters from the flaming lips of protagonist, Kes, and she has a story to tell from Hell. In streams and screams of lyrical consciousness liberally scattered with social media patois her purgative confessional account of her journey through self-identity is a ...

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Broken Biscuits – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Tom Well Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Kris Hallett For Ben, Holly and Megan, their GCSE exams are behind them and a long summer of preparing to enter the 'cool' world of college awaits. It's an opportunity to blow away past convention, to raise their social standings from geeky outsider to the hip in-crowd. Megan has a plan, to form ...

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Love, Lies and Taxidermy – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Alan Harris Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Jaclyn Martin In a town where “all roads lead to Tesco”, it’s inevitable that this is the setting for Valentine and Vicky’s first date and the starting point for this story. A quirky spin on the classic boy-meets-girl tale – boy meets girl and tries to convince her not to film a porno… ...

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Love, Lies and Taxidermy – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Alan Harris Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Emma Boswell  Theatr Clwyd, Paines Plough and Sherman Theatre join forces to bring Alan Harris’ off-beat comedy Love, Lies and Taxidermy to life on stage. The show tells the tale of the earnest and lovable young Valentine, the well-meaning son of a Polish taxidermist meeting Ashley, the forthright and no-nonsense daughter of Mr ...

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Broken Biscuits  – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Tom Wells Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts In recent years Tom Wells has become a young playwright to watch, creating heartfelt narratives and quirky characters. Broken Biscuits sees this formula brought to life within the setting of a beautifully designed garden shed. It's the summer holidays. The most important summer holidays; the one between school and college and Meg (Faye Christall) isn't about to let Holly (Grace Hogg-Robbinson) and Ben (Andrew Reed) waste ...

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Broken Biscuits – Live Theatre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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Writer: Tom Wells Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Three school friends meet in Megan’s (Faye Christall) shed over the summer to try and change their lives. We’re nobodies… I’m all fat and gobby, you’re brainy, weird and brainy and quiet and Ben’s like, you know. So says Megan, who endeavors to change their existence before they start college. The ...

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