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Famla – The MAC, Belfast

Writer: John McCann Director: Patrick J O’Reilly Reviewer: Colm G Doran ‘Any idea what this one’s about?’ ‘Haven’t a clue.’ ‘Famla…Famm-lah…Doesn’t give much away does it?!’ A couple queuing up to see Tinderbox’s latest piece show some confusion over what they are about to witness. As we enter the space and take in Ciaran Bagnall’s impressive towering structures of rotted ...

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Dave at Large – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer: Brian McAvera Director:  Joe Devlin Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Based on the life and times of ground breaking, and occasionally controversial, Irish comedian Dave Allen, Dave at Large is a cuttingly funny piece of theatre. Famously remembered for being banned from RTÉ for his ‘close to the bone’ jokes about the Catholic Church, Dave Allen’s life is dramatised for ...

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Oyster Boy – Kings Arms, Salford

  Company: Haste Theatre Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Oyster Boy is a dark comedy, adapted from a Tim Burton short story, telling the story of a couple who fall in love and give birth to a son with an oyster-shaped head. The story is a tale of love and acceptance, of conformity and expectations, it is dark and blackly funny. Haste ...

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Lolling and Rolling – HOME, Manchester

Reviewer: Andrea Allen Attempting a social, political and linguistic history of the Westernisation of South Korean culture is no mean feat, trying to communicate the entire thing in a second language that you’re not entirely confident in should make it impossible, not for Jaha Koo. Lolling and Rolling is a condensed, well-informed narrative revealed in part through the fictional story ...

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History History History – Exeter Phoenix

Director: Deborah Pearson Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts History is a complex thing, and whether familiar or unknown family history is something everyones thought about. Canadian born theatre maker Deborah Pearson brings us History History History, a poignant look at her own history and the history of a country that was once home to her Grandparents. Resembling something more of a lecture ...

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Camille O’Sullivan: The Carny Dream – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Amidst a stage of fairy lights, a lit-up paper gingerbread house, a glowing paper bunny, and dressed mannequins topped with animal masks, enters a chilled-out male trio on keys, drums and bass before the dramatic entrance of Camille O’Sullivan in a sequined red-cape. This is not a fairytale, this is not real life, this is the nether ...

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Jonny and the Baptists: Eat the Poor – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervase

Director: Will Young Writer: Jonny Donahoe & Paddy Gervers Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Jonny and the Baptists return to the road straight from their hugely popular Edinburgh Fringe run of Eat the Poor. The musical satire duo have brought a show to The Bike Shed Theatre every year for the past five years. Going from playing in the bar, to one ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – The Grand, Leeds

Writer:  Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Stephen Brennan The floor and walls of the stage at The Grand in Leeds are covered in gridlines straight from a maths textbook. The effect is to create a claustrophobic and oppressive cage filled with, among other things, a number of white crates, seemingly miscellaneous items ...

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