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Who Cares – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Matt Woodhead Director: Matt Woodhead Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Hot on the heels of Lung’s ground-breaking Trojan Horse comes Who Cares - a searing indictment of the impact of austerity on support services for young carers. Based on real-life testimonies, this slickly staged and superbly performed piece cuts right to the heart of a failing system. The action centres on ...

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Warheads – Park Theatre, London

Writers: Taz Skylar and Ross Berkeley Simpson Director: Toby Clarke Reviewer: David Guest The mental and physical anguish endured by young soldiers returning from active duty during war is the focus of Taz Skylar’s hard-hitting and emotionally draining drama Warheads, currently playing at the Park Theatre after brief outings in Tottenham and Peckham last year. It’s the sort of shocking ...

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Twelfth Night – The Scoop, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rae Mcken Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is a sign of how much cruft there can be in a Shakespeare play that cutting Twelfth Night down to just an hour and fifteen minutes, as director and adapter Rae Mcken has done for the Scoop’s sixteenth annual season of free open-air theatre, retains all the touchpoints of the comedy. ...

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Legend Trippers – The Other Palace, London

Writers/Composers: Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie Director: Kate Golledge Reviewer: David Guest Somewhere in the West End grown people are weeping over casting calls, production notes and new musical scripts. For members of the National Youth Music Theatre have smashed it again with a brand new musical with a message written especially for young people which jealous adults just can’t ...

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The Sea Queen – The Scoop, London

Writer: Daniel Winder Director: Rae Mcken Reviewer: Maryam Philpott For centuries writers have been obsessed with a meeting between two sixteenth-century Queens that never happened. From Friedrich Schiller to Josie Rourke, the reign of Elizabeth I is defined by her compatriot cousin Mary Queen of Scots, but the pair were never face to face. However, Elizabeth did meet another female ...

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Jerry Springer The Opera – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Composer, Lyricist, Book: Richard Thomas Additional Lyrics & Book: Stewart Lee Director: James Baker Reviewer: Matt Forrest Talk about making a statement and putting yourself on the map! That’s precisely what Northern Ricochet have gone and done with their inaugural production. Choosing to stage Jerry Springer The Opera as your first production takes some balls: it’s a risky strategy, but it’s ...

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Tales of the Turntable – Southbank Centre, London

Choreographer and Director: Carrie-Anne Ingrouille Reviewer: Richard Maguire Slickly choreographed and featuring a host of talented youngsters, Tales of the Turntable hip hops its way to the Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, but perhaps a little too slickly for its own good. Set pieces are immaculately performed but often the precision of the moves is clinical. Eric lives with his grandfather, ...

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Square Go – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair Director: Finn Den Hertog Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Square Go is a play that proves that theatre doesn’t have to be high-brow or earnest to make a point. You can do it just as well by having grown adults playing squabbling children and looking like wrestlers from 70s TV shows. Gavin John Wright and Daniel ...

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