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549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writers: Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon Director: Jack Nurse Reviewer: Dominic Corr We’ve all been down the pub with this motley crew; 'the weeman', 'the radge', a 'non-voter' and of course, 'the Tory'. For these pals, this is a usual evening in the seaside town of Prestonpans. They do what all friends do; drink, banter, swear and snipe at one ...

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Alice In Wonderland – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Original author: Lewis Carroll Director: Niall Henry Dramaturg: Jocelyn Clarke Reviewer: Dominic Corr How do you re-tell Alice in Wonderland in a way which has not been done before? The truth is, many can’t. Blue Raincoat, however, take an explored aspect, of an older Alice revisiting her time in Wonderland. How they go about this, cobbled together with string and ...

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WildCard: Stefan Jovanović – Constellations – Saddler’s Wells, London

Choreographer: Stefan Jovanovic Reviewer: Sophia Moss “Would you like to dance?” asks a short woman with curly black hair, white face paint and a loose-fitting white shirt. Constellations begins with dancing, singing and audience participation. A male performer, with a white painted face and matching dress, sings a melody made up entirely of “heeeey” cries, while the other performers circulate, asking ...

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Garry – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Sophie Treadwell Director: Graham Watts Reviewer: Stephen Bates Sophie Treadwell’s most famous play, Machinal, is widely held in high esteem and was revived in London only last year at the Almeida Theatre. Therefore, it is surprising that one of her later works would have to wait 65 years to receive its World Premiere here. Or is it? Garry is ...

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education education education – Trafalgar Studios, London

Creators: The Wardrobe Ensemble Directors: Jesse Jones and Helen Middleton Reviewer: Stephen Bates Before Afghanistan, Iraq, the banking crisis, austerity and Brexit, there existed hope for a brighter new Millennium for our country. Wardrobe Ensemble’s raucous show is set in a comprehensive school in May 1997, when the Spice Girls, Take That and Oasis filled the airwaves, the United Kingdom ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Harold Brighouse Adaptor: Tanika Gupta Director: Atri Banerjee Reviewer: May Mellstrom Harold Brighouse's 1916 classic comedy Hobson's Choice, set in a Salford cobbler's shop in 1880, last graced the stage of the Royal Exchange in 2003, mere months before playwright Tanika Gupta's adaptation, featuring a present-day family of Ugandan Asian tailor's, premiered at the Young Vic Theatre in London.  ...

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Achy Breaky Bride – St Helens Theatre Royal

Writer: Emma Culshaw & David Paul Director: Sylvie Gatrill Reviewer: John Roberts Take one bridal shop in St Helens, add a heavy dose of Country and Western music and soak it with plenty of scouse humour and you have the ingredients for the Theatre Royal’s latest home-grown comedy.  It might not be the most sophisticated of productions, its most certainly ...

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Cotton Fingers – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Rachel Trezise Director: Julia Thomas Reviewer: Luke Seidel-Haas All around the world, the pro-life/pro-choice pendulum is swinging wildly from side to side. In a referendum in May 2018 The Republic of Ireland voted in a landslide result to “repeal the 8th”, allowing the Government to legislate for Abortion. Across the Atlantic, several southern states of the USA have recently ...

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