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Larkin with Women – Esk Valley Theatre, Glaisdale

Writer: Ben Brown Director: Mark Stratton Producer: Sheila Carter Set/Lighting: Graham Kirk Costumes: Christine Wall Reviewer: Ron Simpson As well as being (according to at least one poll) the most popular English poet of his generation, Philip Larkin was an enigmatic and somewhat controversial figure. His poetry suggested that his was a withdrawn existence, sexually deprived, terrified of death. After ...

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INTERVIEW: What Luke Wright learned from Johnny Bevan

Luke Wright

For half of his life, stand-up poet Luke Wright has been tying audiences up in knots with his punchy, often controversial, monologues in verse while, at the same time, mentoring other up-and-coming poets. He's one of a new generation of angry young men (and women) who intend using words as a mirror to reflect humanity's flaws and comic foibles. Now, ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Ruth Lovett This uplifting yet tragic tale is set against the outbreak of World War One and its eventual effect on a small Lancashire mill town; steeped in tradition where the locals work hard but also know how to celebrate when the opportunity arises. Membership of the local Morris Men side is almost ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First Word War; fittingly, 2014 is also the 50th anniversary of the publication of Philip Larkin’s famously stirring poem MCMXIV, in which lines of volunteers queuing up to enlist are said to be "Grinning as if it were all / An ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Suasion – Liberty Hall, Dublin.

Presented by: Anu Productions Reviewed by: Ciara Murphy [Rating:3.5] It is hard to grasp what the impact of saying ‘No’ can have. In the basement depths of Dublin’s Liberty Hall, history is repeating itself as Suasion illustrates to its audience the importance of saying no. Rosie Hackett, Big Jim Larkin, P.T. Daly and other revolutionary citizens take their audience on ...

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