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Dial M for Murder – Liverpool Playhouse

Author: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: David Noble When confronted by swelling saxophone licks and the slow rumble of percussion, you immediately think: noir – and this is exactly the mood Lucy Bailey is trying to create in her production of ‘Dial M for Murder’. It’s all there: an intensely red set straight out of the David Lynch catalogue, ...

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Refugee Boy – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Benjamin Zephaniah Adaptor: Lemn Sissay Director: Gail McIntyre Reviewer: Glen Pearce A stranger in a strange land – for young Alem a place to call home is difficult to define. The 14 year old Ethiopian – Eritrean has fled his native land, an outcast in either nation. Arriving in the UK he needs to find his way through the ...

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Only Men Aloud: Spring Tour 2014 – Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

Director: Melvin Whitfield Artistic Director: Tim Rhys-Evans MBE Reviewer: Steph Rowe Five years after winning the TV talent show Last Choir Standing, Only Men Aloud have continued to wow audiences throughout the country. Although they have trimmed down to a svelte eight members (Wyn Davies, David Fortey, David Mahoney, Paul Rothwell, Craig Yates, Niall Allen, Stephen Hamnett, and Huw Euron) ...

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Kindertransport – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Diane Samuels Director: Andrew Hall Reviewer: Steve Turner Diane Samuel’s moving drama tells the story of Eva, a young German Jewish girl, whom we meet the night before she is due to leave her parents on the Kindertransport of the title. These were trains used to evacuate Jewish children from Germany in the last few months before the outbreak ...

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Pygmalion – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Jack Trott To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Bernard Shaw’s, Pygmalion, Theatre Royal Bath Productions have revived this enduring classic with a star-studded and talented cast and taken it on a national tour of the UK. Using established and well-known actors is, perhaps, needed to attract audiences as ...

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The Hard Man – The Finborough Theatre, London

Writers: Tom McGrath and Jimmy Boyle Director: Mark Dominy Reviewer: Rahul Rose When The Hard Man was first performed in 1977 the play’s co-writer, Jimmy Boyle, was serving life for murder. Popularly known as ‘the animal’, Boyle had stabbed and cut his way through the criminal underworld of Glasgow, and he was famous for it. The tabloid press cried foul ...

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The Dishwashers – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Morris Panych Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: James Higgins In the basement of a high class restaurant lie a small band of manual plate scrubbers that themselves seem to exist on the fringes of society. Not for The Dishwashers the creak of machine and clunk of the automatic cleaning systems. Every single plate, bowl, ramekin, tumbler, fork, spoon and knife ...

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Each of Us – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Ben Moor Director: Erica Whyman Reviewer: Harry Stern Ben Moor revels in language. Writing it. Performing it. Making it up. Getting his tongue and his brain around what he has created. It’s marvellous stuff. Uplifting, moving and provocative. Whether what he has created here is nihilistic or an exercise in ultimate optimism must be the audience’s privilege to determine. ...

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