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Spring Reign – Studio Theatre, Harrogate

Arabic man next to wreckage of tank

Writer: Rob Johnston Producer/Director: Benedict Power Composer/Musician: Chris Davies Designer: Meriel Pym Reviewer: Ron Simpson Benedict Power’s concept is a bold one, with great artistic potential to go with an important moral and political message – and all in support of a relief effort desperately in need. He unites a fictional story of domestic life in the war-torn city of ...

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Spring Reign – The Lowry, Salford

Arabic man next to wreckage of tank

Writer: Rob Johnston Director: Benedict Power Reviewer: Andrea Allen If someone asked you to conjure up a picture of Aleppo, it’s likely you’d picture a smoldering wreck, plunged into desolation, a place more akin to a building site that a bustling metropolis. Summoning an image of the decadent architecture, green spaces, busy marketplaces and clean streets millions once called home ...

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War Stories – King’s Arms, Salford

Writers: Emma Gibson and Rob Johnston Director: Benedict Power Reviewer: Jo Beggs Theatre spaces like the King’s Arms were made for intense little dramas like War Stories, an affecting two-hander that translates a vast and terrible story into an intimate conversation. Played on a simple set with a paired back, but beautifully lit, set by Meriel Pym, this first world ...

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Re:Play Festival 2015: War Stories – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Emma Gibson and Rob Johnston Director: Benedict Power Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin In this, the centenary year since the outbreak of WW1 it was an apt starting point for a theatrical collaboration between You Are Here Festival (Canberra, Australia) represented by writer Emma Gibson (Australian) and 24/7 Theatre Festival (Manchester, UK) represented by writer Rob Johnston (UK). War Stories is ...

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An Extraordinary Light – Taurus Bar, Manchester

Writer/Director: Rob Johnston Reviewer: Jo Beggs In 1962 Francis Crick, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize. Nine years earlier in cramped laboratories in London and Cambridge they had discovered the double helix of DNA, a discovery that was to fundamentally change human understanding of life. Crick, Watson and Wilkins had, of course, been working towards this ...

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Re:Play : Kafkaesque – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Peter Farrar &Rob Johnston Director: Rob Johnston Reviewer: Laura Maley [rating:3] Inspired by the writing of Franz Kafka, author of The Trial and Metamorphosis, Kafkaesque is four dark and comic tales exploring what it means to be human. Two actors, Adam Urey and Katherine Godfrey, play eight unforgettable characters in the pieces which last about 20 minutes each. Impressive ...

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Greater Manchester Fringe: Einstein’s Daughter – Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester

Writer: Rob Johnston Director: Hugo Chandor Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4.5] The great thing about Fringe festivals is that you never know when you are going to uncover an unexpected gem. This was definitely the case with Freerange Theatre Company’s productions of Einstein’s Daughter, where a small but appreciative audience were on the edge of their seats as a dark and ...

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