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Trying It On – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: David Edgar Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Selwyn Knight David Edgar is 70 this year. Simple subtraction shows that he was 20 in 1968, the year known for student unrest and demonstrations across the world. And while Edgar didn’t take part in demonstrations, he was nevertheless beating the socialist drum as chair of the Socialist Society (or “SocSoc”) at Manchester ...

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Pyar Actually – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Sukh Ojla Director: Pravesh Kumar  Reviewer: James Garrington Polly has a good life, all things considered. She has a good husband, a good job, children. It’s not the life she used to dream of, but who gets to do that? Then out of the blue, she is contacted by an old flame, Bali. He is a successful businessman now living in ...

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Napoleon Disrobed – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Told By An Idiot, based on the book by Simon Leys Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: John Kennedy Told by an Idiot theatre company invites its audience to enter into a conspiratorial ‘Just what if?’ hypothetical premise where historical givens are given a severely anachronistic anarchical shaking up. What if Bonaparte was not alone in his part of an elaborate escape hoax? Escape from St ...

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Elephant – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti Director: Lucy Morrison Reviewer: John Kennedy The PR for this première performance quotes from the text promising a family of ‘Real flesh and blood, not out of a catalogue or an Oxo advert.’ As if a further contextual reality-check is needed, one of the family comments that it’s ok to be gay because ‘they’ve got one in Eastenders.’ The Royal ...

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Penguins – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Three dancers dressed as penguins step out

Choreographer: Carlos Pons Guerra Director: Paul Bosco McEneany Reviewer: John Kennedy Penguins is based on the true story of two male Chinstrap penguins at Central Park Zoo, New York, who, for gender confusions too complicated to contemplate, attempt to hatch a chick from a lump of rock. Good luck to the infant school teachers explaining that one to their delightful ...

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The Death Show, The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writers: Antonia Beck and Lucy Nichols Director: Bernadette Russell Reviewer: John Kennedy Time for the Grim Reaper to have a Grin Reaper make-over. A show that aims to explore humanity’s slipping on its own banana-skin of solipsism. It carries well with self-parody in the earlier part of the show - a hers & hearse cortège through the scythe-severing ages of humanity’s inevitable ...

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Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Stories to Tell In The Middle Of The Night

Writer: Francesca Millican-Slater Reviewer:  John Kennedy Having garnered Edinburgh Fringe rave reviews, spook-central for getting gripped in the crypt, Millican-Slater’s self-penned observations of the banal to the bizarre, the mundane to the macabre, ensure that things are certain going to go strangely bump tonight. A debut Rep production supported by The Barry Jackson Trust, tonight’s elegiac lyrical love letter to ...

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Shakespeare, His Wife And The Dog – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Sally Edwards and Philip Whitchurch as Anne Hathaway and William Shakespeare in Shakespeare, His Wife and the Dog

Writer: Philip Whitchurch Director: Julia St John Reviewer: Selwyn Knight William Shakespeare is an enigma. An uneducated man from the midlands, married to Anne, a woman eight years his senior, he suddenly appears in London and becomes the best playwright of his generation (and the rest of time). They have three children, Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith, although Hamnet dies aged ...

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