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McLuckie’s Line – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Martin Travers and Martin Docherty Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Lawrence McLuckie isn’t exactly living up to his name; the down on his luck actor frantically fills the silence as he awaits the call from his agent to determine if he’s up for the dream role, the lead in a big budget Netflix movie. Whilst waiting on the call, he also ...

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Cathy – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Adrian Jackson Writer: Ali Taylor Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald To commemorate 50 years since the release of Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home and on their 25th anniversary, Cardboard Citizens theatre company revive Ali Taylor’s Cathy. After an unexpected visit from her new landlord, Cathy quickly finds herself possessing only the clothes she has stuffed in the bag carried by her ...

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The Match Box – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Richard Baron Writer: Frank McGuinness  Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Frank McGuinness is oft-cited as one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists. In his 90-minute, one-act, one-woman monologue The Match Box, McGuinness offers a running commentary in the headspace of a woman on the verge. The barren set is a metaphor for McGuinness’ protagonist. Sal has little joy in her world. Her story ...

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Syd & Sylvia – The Bikeshed, Exeter

Writer: Claudia Jefferies Reviewer: Gareth Roberts Claudia Jeffries' one-woman show Syd & Sylvia attempts to utilise the sleazy and misogynistic world of an ‘eighties working men's club as an entry point from which to explore broader themes of sexism. Performed with extraordinary timing and conviction and a style that is in equal parts brooding, manic and sinister, Jeffries’ brings to ...

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Private Lives – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Helen Tope It is a story we could finish for ourselves. Two sets of newlyweds meet whilst honeymooning in the French Riviera. Elyot Chase – married to Sibyl – is horrified when he discovers his previous wife, Amanda, and her new husband, rooming next door. Words are exchanged, looks; sparks fly. We think we know how this should end, but ...

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People, Places & Things – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Duncan Macmillan Director: Jeremy Herrin and Holly Race Roughan Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The biggest dangers to a recovering addict are the People, Places & Things. This is according to writer Duncan Macmillan’s play. Our friends, family, environment and circumstances can have a massive impact on someone struggling with their inner-demons and set them on a course of action they ...

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Trolley Girls – The King’s Arms, Salford.

Writer/Director: Jessica Forest and Olivia Nicholson. Reviewer: Sam Lowe What an eye catching name for a theatre company. Sugar Butties Theatre are a young company, who have developed Trolley Girls for a while, taking it to various theatre festivals around the country. Tonight, this two-hander performance is presented as part of The Greater Manchester Fringe, and it slots right in ...

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Rose – Home Theatre, Manchester.

Janet Suzman as Rose sits on a white stool

Writer: Martin Sherman. Director: Richard Beecham. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. Martin Sherman's play first premiered at the National Theatre in 1999, and today it is still relevant and poignant. Rose is a one person show about an eighty-year-old woman called Rose who lives in Miami, Florida. Rose takes the audience on a journey through her long life, this is an epic ...

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