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The Other Place – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Sharr White Director: Claire van Kampen Reviewer: Stephen Bates In American writer Sharr White’s 80-minute one-act play, the other place is a weekend retreat. It is also a dark area of the mind in which memories hide, delusions lurk and old mysteries resolve themselves without recourse to reason. Juliana is 61, a medical practitioner who is now working in ...

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Alan Fielden with JAMS: Marathon – The Barbican, London

Creators: Alan Fielden, Sophie Grodin, Malachy Orozco, Jemima Yong Director: Alan Fielden Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The race that we call the marathon is inspired by the tale of Pheidippides, who is said to have run from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greeks’ victory over the Persians. JAMS, a four-person experimental theatre company, are putting on a play about a ...

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Eyam – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: Matt Hartley Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Sophia Moss Picture this: you live in a small village surrounded by moors, woods and streams. A deadly, contagious illness is spreading through your community, but you can’t tell if you have caught it until a few days after infection. Do you stay in your village to avoid spreading the illness to neighbouring ...

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The Burning Tower -Kensal House Community Rooms,  London

Creator: Helena Thompson Reviewer: Nina Reece SPID is not an ordinary theatre company. Born out of council estates and community spaces the company and registered charity makes and tours participatory theatre with young people. The Burning Tower; an emotive telling of last year’s fire at Grenfell Tower and a moving history of social housing is one such example, now showing ...

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Arabian Nights – Hoxton Hall, London

Writer: Nessah Muthy Director: Daniel Winder Reviewer: Stephen Bates A smell of burning incense fills the air and a faint haze lingers. Hoxton Hall, with its dark walls and ornate decorations, was once a Victorian Music Hall and it is certainly not short on atmosphere for Iris Theatre’s family-friendly telling of fables of the fabulous and fearsome, drawn from a ...

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The Outsider  – The Print Room at the Coronet, London

Writer:  Albert Camus Adaptor: Ben Okri Director:  Abbey Wright Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Hot on the heels of Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of The Plague at the Arcola, Booker Prize winner Ben Okri now adapts Albert Camus’ other great work, The Outsider (L’ Étranger). Playing at the atmospheric Print Room, existentialism has never looked so good. In surely what will be a break-out role ...

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Play Something – Drayton Arms Theatre, London

Writer/director: Paul T Davies Reviewer: Scott Matthewman For Proust, it was smell; the aroma of madeleines enough to evoke long-forgotten memories. For most of us, the effect is more noticeable in music, with songs able to remind us of pivotal, or not so pivotal, points in life. Such a phenomenon is the inspiration for Play Something, a play about two ...

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The End of Eddy – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Edouard Louis Adaptor: Pamela Carter Director: Stewart Laing Reviewer: Nina Reece In The End of Eddy, Edouard Louis grows up queer and poor in Hallencourt, France. At times, Eddy Belleguele’s hometown seems so backwards it feels more fifties than nineties, with its homophobia, toxic masculinity and adherence to gender norms. Still, it is the narrative voice of Eddy, continually ...

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