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Ok, Bye  – The Vaults, London

Writer and Director: Vicki Baron Reviewer: Richard Maguire One of the recurring themes of this year’s Vault Festival seems to be about how we deal with the death of a parent. Creating new rituals in their wake, The Dead Show and Be Prepared focussed on the death of a father, while Sparks and Words, Words, Words reflected on the sense ...

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Chip Shop Chips – Market Hall, Scarborough

Writer: Becky Prestwich Director: Adam Quayle Designer: Katie Scott Reviewer: Ron Simpson When Richard Wagner came up with the idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk, the total all-embracing work of art, he probably didn’t anticipate mixing in fish suppers, a trivia quiz and a silly-hat competition with a touching little comedy/drama of first love, lost love and the impermanence of youth. Adam ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Devised by: Theatre Re Conceived and Directed by: Guillaume Pige Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Every Third Minute festival continues as the theatre presents work dealing with dementia and collaborating with those living affected by the condition. Theatre Re’s physical piece premiered at The Edinburgh International Arts Festival last year and is now on tour. It is an extraordinary, high-energy ...

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Curtains – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Stephen Bill Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Stephen Bates A 2012 survey revealed that there is a much higher probability that people over 60 will die on their own birthdays than on any other day of the year. In Stephen Bill’s play, things are not looking good for Ida, whose family are gathering round to celebrate her 86th, bearing greetings ...

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Hairspray – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Music/ Lyrics: Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Since its release in 2003, Hairspray the Musical has toured extensively, both in the UK and in the US. Set in 1962’s Baltimore, racial segregation is rife, but Tracy Turnblad can’t understand why integration is so detested. It’s the sixties after ...

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Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy  – The Vaults, London

Writer: Matthew Greenhough Director: Jonny Kelly Reviewer: Richard Maguire ‘Bismillah! No, we will not let you go  – let him go.  Bismillah! We will not let you go – let him go’ are the instantly recognisable lyrics from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and this song haunts Matthew Greenhough’s powerful play about a British soldier captured by ISIS in Iraq. As the ...

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Mamma Mia! – Lyceum, Sheffield

Director: Phyllida Lloyd Resident Director: Nikki Davis Jones Musical Director: Richard Weeden Production Designer: Mark Thompson Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Mamma Mia! is fast approaching its twentieth birthday but that doesn't seem to be slowing them down. The success has endured since 1999 and continues to draw audiences in for their first time or their tenth. With a successful film adaptation ...

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Das Fest  – Vault Festival, London

Writer: Philipp Oberlohr Director: Margot Newkirk Grambow Reviewer: Richard Maguire There’s something for everybody at this year’s Vault Festival taking place under the arches at Waterloo: theatre, comedy, cabaret, music and dance.  Unfortunately, Das Fest, a mindreading show from Austria doesn’t seem to be for anybody.  Das Fest translates as The Party, but it’s not a party you’d want to ...

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