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Great Expectations – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Adapter: Ken Bentley Director: Sophie Boyce Couzens Designer: James Turner Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts After their success with Travels with my Aunt and Our Man in Havana, Tilted Wig Productions and Malvern Theatres Present return with Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic, Great Expectations. The last stop on their five-month tour, Ken Bentley’s adaptation is at Exeter Northcott for five days. Adapting Dickens’ ...

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The Croydon Avengers  – Ovalhouse, London

Writer:  Oladipo Agboluaje Director:  Suzanne Gorman Reviewer:  Richard Maguire In The Croydon Avengers, aimed at 8-14year olds – though the consistent toilet humour seems more targeted to younger audiences – three asylum seekers decide to become crime-fighters in an effort to be accepted by the British. It’s a well-intentioned play, but ultimately it is too confusing. With crime rising in ...

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Beirut – The Park Theatre, London

Writer:  Alan Bowne Director:  Robin Lefevre Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The poster for this play is deliberately provocative; in shadowy velvet tones suggesting, initially, it’s an advert for red wine, a woman’s tongue seems poised to lick a man’s buttock. But look closer, and on his skin is the tattooed letter P. It stands for Blood Positive in this dark and ...

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GUY   – Venue:  The Bunker, London

Book and Lyrics:  Leoe Mercer Music:  Stephen Hyde Director: Sam Ward Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Of all the shows playing at the Breaking Out season at the Bunker Theatre, GUY, a new musical, feels the most complete. In its current state, it may lack some sophistication when it comes to production values, but the acting is first class, the singing is ...

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Kiss Chase   – The Bunker, London

Writer and Director: Hannah Samuels Reviewer:  Richard Maguire It’s difficult to review Kiss Chase for two reasons. First, it would be unfair to reveal too much of its structure and spoil the surprise, and second, there’s very little theatre here. Playing as part of The Bunker Theatre’s Breaking Out season, a series of short plays by new and emerging theatre companies, ...

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Libby’s Eyes   –  The Bunker, London

Writer:  Amy Bethan Evans Director:  Spencer Charles Noll Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Opening The Bunker’s Breaking Out season, a series of new plays by emerging and exciting theatre companies, Libby’s Eyes is a successful and funny satire, which looks at how the government treats people with disabilities. Like the bureaucracy this play lampoons, Libby’s Eyes ticks all the right boxes. Set in a ...

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Nine Foot Nine  – The Bunker, London

Writer:  Alex Wood Director:  Helena Jackson Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Set in the not-so-distant future, this play, showing at The Bunker’s Breaking Out season, imagines a world where women have grown to over nine feet tall. These women overshadow the men and begin to rebuild the world in ways that better suit them. This inverted patriarchy works well as a metaphor, ...

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I am of Ireland – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer:  Seamus Finnegan Director:  Ken McClymont Reviewer:  Richard Maguire I am of Ireland is an ambitious state-of-the-nation play, boldly involving both the South and Northern Ireland, both Catholics and Protestants. It attempts to trace the history of Ireland over the last hundred years or so, and think about its future, and according to this play, it’s a bleak one. The Good ...

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