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Not the Worst Place – Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

Writer: Sam Burns Director: George Perrin Reviewer: John Roberts Paines Plough hasa strong reputation of finding the best new writers and plays to produce and, in partnership with Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Sherman Theatre, these three producing powerhouses present the latest play from female playwright Sam Burns as part of the annual Celtic Festival celebrating the best of Irish, Welsh ...

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Uncle Vanya – Wyndhams Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director: Andrei Konchalovsky Reviewer: Chris Rogers Pine cones, carefully thrown into the remains of the dying embers. They offer new fuel to the fading fire in the samovar. An old boot used as a pair of bellows to keep the embers glowing. Details of the everyday scattered among the casual demise of the family surrounding Alexander Vladimirovich ...

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Hetty Feather – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Jacqueline Wilson, adapted by Emma Reeves Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Teddy Lamb The foyer at the Rose Theatre is fizzing with energy, children are running around excitedly talking of easter and arguing over who has read more books by Jacqueline Wilson, it is good friday and the noise is near deafening. It is testament to the production then, that ...

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Martine – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Jean-Jacques Bernard Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Stephen Bates Returning from war in Syria to stay with his grandmother in rural France, Julien walks down a country road and catches sight of the lovely Martine, who has found shade from the mid-day sun under a tree. The attraction between them is instant and mutual, but social conventions intervene and unhappiness ...

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On Tidy Endings / Safe Sex -Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Harvey Fierstein Director: Dan Phillips Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When talking of his 1987 trio of one-act plays looking at life in thetime of Aids, author Harvey Fierstein told the New York Times, "Look,if I'm gonna bum ya out, I'm gonna make sure ya have a couple a laughstoo." As the Tristan Bates Theatre hosts two plays of the trilogy,Safe ...

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Factor 9 – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Hamish MacDonald Director: Ben Harrison Reviewer: Lesley J. Russell   Mishap or medical manipulation? Hamish MacDonald, writer for Dogstar Theatre, packs a powerful punch in this world premiere piece. Factor 9 is a political play thatcentres on a Scottish scandal and tells the tale of the suffering of the forgotten haemophiliac victims of the Factor 8 and Factor 9 ...

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Smashed – Udderbelly Festival, London

Director: Sean Gandini Reviewer: Katherine Burr With a title like Smashed, Gandini Juggling’s performance promises to be somewhat riotous, so the opening stage, set with neat rows of apples surrounded by dainty china tea sets, creates an immediate sense of apprehension about what exactly is getting smashed. As the orderly chorus line file in to a wartime song, their formal ...

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Translations – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Brian Friel Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Alice Frances Brian Friel wrote his classic play in 1980, during the period of the troubles in Northern Ireland. Strangely, Friel denied that it was a play about politics, stating that it was about 'language and only language'. Indeed it is a delightful dramatisation of the illegal hedge schools existing in Ireland throughout ...

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