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On the Outskirts of a Large Event – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Joe W Director: Malaika Cunningham Reviewer: Andrea Allen Lucien wakes on a small island with a gaping head wound and no recollection of who he is. Accompanied by an anonymous ‘fan’, he slowly pieces his life together, and it becomes increasingly clear that his head trauma may well be not all that it seems. Captivating visuals and a sparse ...

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Cirque Berserk – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Martin Burton Creative Director: Julius Green Set Designer: Sean Cavanagh Lighting Designer: Mike Robertson Sound Designer: Matthew Bugg Costume Designer: Dianne Kelly Reviewer: S.E. Webster If you’ve ever wanted to learn the art of contortion, aerial ballet or foot juggling then step away from the gymnasium and into your local theatre. Currently touring the UK, Cirque Berserk offers all ...

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Stud  – Vault Festival, London

Writer and Director: Paloma Oakenfold Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Vault Festival has now reached its halfway point, and, so far, has proved to be the place to see exciting new writing. The Festival is also hosting some courageous shows concerned with gay men in sport. Two weeks ago we had Gypsy Queen, which explored the relationship between two gay boxers, ...

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The Almighty Sometimes – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Kendall Feaver Director: Katy Rudd Reviewer: Matt Forrest Kendall Feaver’s debut certainly pulls no punches, as a mother and daughter are at odds with one another over how best to treat a mental health illness. At seven years old, Anna (Norah Lopez Holden) writes a last will and testament leaving her toys to all her friends. She then throws ...

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The B*easts  – The Bush, London

Writer: Monica Dolan Director: John Hoggarth Reviewer: Richard Maguire It may take a while to understand the point of the asterisk in the title of this show, but once you’ve figured it out, it gives you a clear clue to what this play is about. Even in 2018, the word is still considered by some to be a dirty word, ...

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Find Your Way Home – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer: John Hopkins Director: Stuart Clarke Reviewer: Richard Maguire Don’t be fooled by the poster for Find Your Way Home. The photographs of a man’s six-packed torso and a woman’s sensuous lipsticked mouth suggest that this show will be steamy and sexy. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. John Hopkins’ play written in 1970 was once praised for its ...

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All or Nothing: The Mod Musical  – Arts Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Carol Harrison Reviewer: Richard Maguire Some definitions may come in useful for this musical based on the story of 60s band, The Small Faces: a ‘bird’ is a young woman, a ‘sort’ is a good-looking woman, ‘Hayley Mills’ are pills, amphetamines to be precise, while a ‘face’ is one of the Mod elite. After seeing All or Nothing, you’ll ...

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Look Back in Anger – Gate Theatre, Dublin

Writer: John Osborne  Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy It is always a risk to tackle one of the great, and well-worn classics, but this is something that the Gate Theatre is renowned for. However, Selina Cartmell’s inaugural season is illustrating that she is willing to take the necessary steps to bring the Gate into the twenty-first century. Previously ...

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