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Reasons to Stay Alive –  Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Matt Haig Adaptor: April De Angelis Director: Jonathan Watkins Reviewer: Alice Hiley  Skillfully adapted by April De Angelis from the Matt Haig memoir of the same name, Reasons to Stay Alive tells the story of an author’s battle with anxiety and depression. In a nod to the book, the play is framed as a conversation between two actors playing ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – And Then We Danced

Writer and Director: Levan Akin Reviewer: Richard Maguire And Then We Danced has been touted as this year’s Call Me by My Name, but this is an unfair comparison. Set in Georgia, this tale of same-sex desire feels raw and real, not romanticised like in the sun-drenched nostalgia of Call Me by My Name. Often filmed in secret, and with ...

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On Your Feet! – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Alexander Dinelaris Featuring Music by Emilio & Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine Director: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Dominic Corr Well, this was a surprise… There is no short supply of reasons to celebrate the life and achievements of Gloria Estefan, or indeed, husband Emilio. Above and beyond being ‘catchy’, Estefan’s contribution, not only to the structure of genre music ...

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An Inspector Calls, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: J. B. Priestly Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Much beloved by anyone setting the syllabus for English exams, An Inspector Calls is one of those rare things, a play that works as a piece of entertainment but also delivers a telling social commentary with convincing characters and believable situations. That it remains a regular feature in theatres, rather than ...

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Prism – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer and Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: John Kennedy The only hair-in-the-gate blemish on this otherwise exquisite, elegantly framed, semi-biographical exposé on the life of cinematic craftsman, Jack Cardiff, is that Writer/Director, Terry Johnson calls it a wrap so perfectly soon – maybe it’s the light – he’s used it all up. Fiat Lux – Let there be Light. For Jack, it’s ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Calm With Horses

Writer: Joe Murtagh Director: Nick Rowland Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It has been a really interesting Festival for Irish film with several dotted throughout the various themed areas including Rialto in the Journey strand and three in prize-nominated categories with Rose Meets Julie and The Other Lamb in the Official Competition and now Joe Murtagh’s excellent Calm with Horses in The ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Bad Education

Writer: Mike Makowsky Director: Cory Finley Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Thinking about your teachers as real people and considering what they really got up to at school is a strange concept so vested are they with institutional and educative authority. Having wives, husbands and hobbies is one thing, but imagine them committing major misdeeds right under your nose. Cory Finley’s new ...

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Shukshin’s Stories – Barbican Theatre, London

Writer: Vasiliy Shukshin  Director: Alvis Hermanis Reviewer: Gus Mitchell Russia is not a country primarily known for its humour. Even its most famous ‘comic’ playwright (Chekhov) wrote primarily of wasted and frustrated lives, lost, lonely individuals, and the universal pity of our self-delusions. It was with great interest and a slight wariness, then, that I sat down for Shukshin’s Stories, ...

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