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101 Dalmatians – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Debbie Isitt from the book by Dodie Smith Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Although Dodie Smith was already a successful playwright and novelist, it was probably the Disney adaptation of her 1956 children’s novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians that brought her work to the wider public eye. The story of the evil Cruella de Vil stealing Dalmatian ...

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The Whip Hand – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

A man and a woman in a lounge

Writer: Douglas Maxwell Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: John Kennedy See y’man, Dougie? He has a moral imperative to right some historical wrongs and he has his presentation all prepared on PowerPoint but that all goes west - as once did the countless slaves, he announces, their family ancestor, millionaire, Saracen Bell, condemned to the sugar plantations. Jonathan Watson’s, at first amiable, ...

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The Quiet House – Park Theatre,London

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer:Stephen Bates Who would ever want kids? As infants, they fill the house with noise and then they grow to become uncontrollable delinquents. Gareth Farr begins his play, first seen at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, with these propositions and then tells us how the couple around which it centres want nothing more in the world ...

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The Quiet House – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Michelle Bonnard as Jess in The Quiet House

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Mattie Bagnall The Quiet House is not so quiet after all. This bold, dramatic piece of new writing by Gareth Farr is brought to life in a compelling and gripping way by director Tessa Walker. Upon entering The DOOR the audience is greeted by a stylish, contemporary studio flat; but fear not, you ...

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Folk – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Patrick Bridgman_Stephen, Connie Walker_Winnie, Chloe Harris_Kayleigh in Folk

Writer: Tom Wells Director:Tessa Walker Reviewer: Mattie Bagnall Tom Wells is at it again. His ability to write socially relevant plays such as Jumpers for Goalposts and Me, As A Penguin has earned him the reputation of being a leading figure in theatre’s new writing. His latest play Folk premieres at the Birmingham REP and is co-produced with Hull Truck ...

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Birmingham Rep

Writer: C S Lewis, dramatised by Adrian Mitchell Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: James Garrington Christmas is coming – and what do you do if you want to take children to the theatre but don’t fancy a panto? As is now traditional at The REP, you can find an adaptation of a classic book dramatised for the stage – and this ...

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Back Down – The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Steven Camden aka Polarbear Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Karen Bussell A gentle Inbetweeners meets Rambo unfolds in Birmingham Rep’s Back Down as Brummie teenage trio Zia, Luke and Tommy head for the dizzy heights ofSnowdonfora boys’ weekend away. Lovelorn Luke (convincingly played by Our Girl’s Dangleberries and Casualty’s Matt, Lawrence Walker) is off toLeedsto study film and his posse ...

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Back Down – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Steve Camden Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Luke and his improbably named girlfriend Leia are off to university in Leeds, a long way from their homes in Birmingham, and leaving their old lives behind - as Luke often says, ‘A new chapter…’. Luke’s best friends from school, Zia and Tommy, decide to give him memorable send-off – they ...

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