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Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok – Derby Theatre

Writer: In-Sook Chappell Director: Jennifer Tang Reviewer: James Garrington There is a Chinese story about a man who decided to build a road even though there were two mountains in his way. When people pointed out that he would be unable to level the mountains in his lifetime, replied that he can’t, but after him there’ll be his children, and his children’s ...

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The Patriotic Traitor – Park Theatre, London

Laurence Fox and Tom Conti in The Patriotic Traitor at The Park Theatre

Writer / Director: Jonathan Lynn Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz On 15 August 1945, Marshal Philippe Pétain was sentenced to exile on the Île d'Yeu. From across the English Channel, the erstwhile president of Vichy France appeared – as he does to this day – a cartoonish figure of unscrupulous cowardice and vanity, the man who had opened the gates of the ...

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The Dead Monkey, Park Theatre, London

Writer: Nick Darke Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Anything that starts with a dead monkey on the table clearly isn’t going to be a standard comedy drama; in fact the tones of Sunset Boulevard that this opener evokes are a neat indication of the surreal and dark story to come. The Park Theatre’s production of The Dead Monkey ...

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A Game Of Golf – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4]   Like A One Man Protest back in April, this set of variations revolves around Miles, the beautifully observed character whose friendship with Toby is at the heart of this play. He is Chair of Governors at Toby's school. Married to promiscuous Rowena, but secretly in love with Celia, Toby's ...

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A Pageant – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4]   Colchester gets a name-check in this third episode of Ayckbourn's Intimate Exchanges; or Camulodunum, as Boudicca might have called it. She's the subject of the pageant, and the two women in Headmaster Toby Teasdale's life are both in the frame to take the part. Just the four main characters ...

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A One Man Protest – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4.5]   Here we are, into the second of the four linked plays chosen to feature across the Made in Colchester season. If you missed Events on a Hotel Terrace, you'll not know that all 16 possible combinations start with How It Began and the butterfly-effect decision: to smoke or not ...

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Events On A Hotel Terrace – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   The smallest of choices can have immense impact on our lives. Each day we make a series of seemingly inconsequential decisions that ultimately lead us down a particular route. Alan Ayckbourn has always been fascinated by consequence and fate and his epic cycle Intimate Exchanges explores this to the ...

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