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It’s True, It’s True, It’s True – York Theatre Royal Studio

Devised by Breach Theatre Director: Billy Barrett Dramaturg: Dorothy Allen-Pickard Set Designer: Luke W. Robson Costume Designer: Kitty Hawkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson After two award-filled years at the Edinburgh Fringe, It’s True, It’s True, It’s True has embarked on a seven-week UK tour of mostly one-nighters. Devised by the members of the cast, using verbatim material from 1612, and written finally by ...

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Some Like It Hip-Hop – Peacock Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Kate Prince Music: DJ Walde, Josh Cohen Director: Kate Prince Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If there’s one thing that marks out the work of choreographer/director Kate Prince and her ZooNation and their narrative hip-hop dance shows, it is the application of different dance styles to illuminate character differences. Nowhere is this more apparent than with Some It Like ...

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Barber Shop Chronicles – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Inua Ellams Director: Bijan Sheibani Reviewer: Dominic Corr We incessantly talk to three people; the barman, perhaps a priest, but always your barber. From the outset, there’s catalytic energy bouncing around, flinging us from Africa to the barbers of Catford, Lewisham or Brixton in a showcase of sensational world-building. Poetic in construct, Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles is the height of ...

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Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation – The Triad Theatre, New York City

Writer: Gerard Alessandrini Director: Gerard Alessandrini Reviewer: Alithea Howes Forbidden Broadway is as delightfully brutal as it’s always been. For the uninitiated: Forbidden Broadway is a theatrical roast, which rewrites hit songs to lovingly lampoon the current shows on Broadway. It was created in 1982 and has been updated countless times since then. One might expect that premise to wear thin after ...

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Circus 1903 – Birmingham Hippodrome

Director: Neil Dorward Reviewer: John Kennedy Circus 1903 celebrates an intoxicatingly dexterous, fin de siecle, imaginarium of itinerant acrobatic eccentrica; a through-the-looking-glass shimmering construct of eye-popping impossibilities conjuring reminiscences of Ray Bradbury’s American mid-west novellas. For most certainly tonight something deliciously well wicked this way comes. Relishing in exotic, alliterative narratives, Ringmaster Willy Whipsnade (David Williamson), part Emcee, part side-show ...

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The Monstrous Heart – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer:  Oliver Emanuel Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Dominic Corr Choking, claustrophobic, Mag’s cabin exists in an idyllic retreat many would desire, but others would suffocate within its freedom. Where the subject of nature vs. nurture arises, the concept of a monstrous mother is by no means recent. Oliver Emanuel’s The Monstrous Heart entwines nature so integrally with the narrative, as ...

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Posh – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Laura Wade Director: Lucy Hughes Reviewer: Abbie Rippon First staged during the 2010 General Election, Laura Wade’s Posh is a parody or maybe even a reflection of Oxford University’s Bullingdon Club (whose known members have included David Cameron, George Osborne and current PM Boris Johnson). An elite dining club of ten members, bright young men from the higher echelons ...

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Ages of the Moon – The Vaults, London

Writer: Sam Shepard Director: Alexander Lass Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty A night with an old friend, filled with talk powered by Woodford Reserve, will produce conversation filled with truths, half-truths, joy, sadness and anger. Sam Shepard took that experience common to many and created a character-driven 70 minutes, putting shape to tough themes such as alcohol abuse, domestic strife and the ...

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