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Woke – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writer and performer: Apphia Campbell Reviewer: David Guest “Black Lives Matter” is a movement that has become a rallying cry over decades. Yet unchecked atrocities in the ongoing civil rights struggle in America and indeed around the world mean it is in serious danger of becoming little more than a clichéd hashtag. However watered down it has become, it remains ...

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CitySong – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Dylan Coburn Gray Director: Caitriona McLaughlin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Capturing the tone of a city and its people, distilling hundreds of thousands of lives into a single narrative structure seems like a near impossible task, yet for many writers, the creation of these pen portraits become a cathartic exercise, a love letter to the place they call home. Dylan ...

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The Psychic Project – The Vaults, London

Performer: David Narayan Reviewer: Richard Maguire Billed as a mind-reading show, The Psychic Project initially ran for just an hour. In its newest iteration at The Vaults in London it probably still lasts an hour, but with a 20-minute delay to proceedings and then an interval coming in after only 30 minutes, the show extends over two hours. Perhaps it ...

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Reparation Island – The Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Kevin Fegan Director: Christopher Elmer-Gorry Reviewer: Katie Burchett Reparation Island: a place to share, to think, to repair, to rebuild. Kevin Fegan’s one-act play is performed by the ex-service men and women who make up Bravo 22 Company and is based on first-hand experiences from within the Armed Forces community in the Midlands. As the lights come up, eleven ...

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The Future – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Show title: The Future - Venue: Battersea Arts Centre, London Writer: Little Bulb Theatre Director: Alexander Scott Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Future is a quirky exploration of Artificial Intelligence and lies somewhere between a TED Talk and a rock gig. However, its focus on zany and nerdy humour means that it fails to ask any new questions about AI that ...

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The Pope – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Anthony McCarten Director: James Dacre Reviewer: James Garrington A world-premiere, The Pope is the latest production to come out of the Made in Northampton stable – and like many of its predecessors it is a spellbinding piece of theatre. It is based on a true story, the story of two men and what is arguably the most powerful job in ...

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Rotterdam – The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Jon Brittain Director: Donnacadh O'Briain Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Although Rotterdam has only recently started to tour, Jon Britain wrote the play some years ago. It would be great to report that the need to be tolerant of the wishes of other people- one of the themesof the play- has now been absorbed into our culture. Unfortunately, the homophobic attack suffered ...

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