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A History of Water in the Middle East – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Sabrina Mahfouz Director: Stef O’Driscoll Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty A heavy message lies underneath a confused, winding 70 minutes of poetry, stories and music. We are told at the start this is a lecture (“highly edited, highly condensed), but in a new style, as a gig. It’s neither. It’s a polemic against the legacy impact of the British Empire in ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Designer: Jean Chan Director: Elizabeth Freestone Reviewer: Julia Beasley Truth, lies and love are the eternal themes of Shakespeare’s witty comedy. How far can people be manipulated by misinformation? Can anyone ever be taken at their word? When can you trust someone enough to fall in love with them? Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s take on this ...

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H.M.S. Pinafore – Cast, Doncaster

Writer: William Schwenk Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director: Jeff Clarke Musical Director: Michael Waldron Designer (Set): Graham Wynne Designer (Costume): Nigel Howard Reviewer: Ron Simpson In its 25 year history Opera della Luna has become celebrated for versions of comic operas and operettas, notably Gilbert and Sullivan, which reflect the originality and (sometimes) eccentricity of director Jeff Clarke. They are ...

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Build-A-Rocket – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Christopher York Director: Paul Robinson Reviewer: Dominic Corr We’ve all been there, falling for the D.J, or at least mismanaging our time when we should be studying. Taken in by the appeal of the dancefloor, those choice beats and a posh postcode, Yasmin strikes up a relationship of sorts with Danny. It all seems to be going rather well, ...

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for all the women who thought they were Mad – Stoke Newington Town Hall

Writer: Zawe Ashton Director: Jo McInnes Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Hackney Showroom is on the move and is presenting its new play in the swish interior of the Art Deco Stoke Newington Town Hall. Zawe Ashton’s powerful new play charts the life of an African woman coping with the pressures of English life. It makes for a stirring evening. Joy ...

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The Night Watch – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Sarah Waters Adapted for the stage by: Hattie Naylor Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Tom Ralphs The desire to turn every successful book by every successful author into a film, TV series or stage play is arguably as much about milking a franchise than it is about bringing the writer or the writing to a new audience. While it can ...

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Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Isobel McArthur from the book by Jane Austen Director: Paul Brotherston Reviewer: Katie Burchett It is a truth universally acknowledged, that every Jane Austen novel adapted for the stage must include karaoke. Or if it wasn’t before, it should be now, thanks to Tron Theatre Company’s all-female co-production of Pride and Prejudice*(*sort of).  Raucous and vibrant, Isobel McArthur’s adaptation ...

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All My Fathers– La MaMa E.T.C., New York City

Writer: Paul David Young Director: Evan Yionoulis Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Watching a parent age is difficult, especially if their memories are unreliable. Add a contentious past to the mix and it’s hard not to let frustration boil over into anger. An aging mother unloading a decades-old secret that challenges all that her adult son knows to be true about ...

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