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The Wheel – Milton Court Theatre, London

Writer: Zinnie Harris Director: Caroline Byrne Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The notion that there are cycles to human life is not a new one; the seven ages of man, four seasons, the phases of the moon, are all ways to measure and mark the passing of time. In Zinnie Harris’ 2011 play The Wheel, revived by final year students at the ...

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It’ll Be Alt-Right on the Night – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Matthew Greenhough Director: Jonny Kelly Reviewer: Deborah Klayman An important play about the subtleties of far-right radicalisation, Matthew Greenhough’s timely new play examines the experience of disenfranchised working-class men on opposite sides of the political divide. A solo show, underscored by a live trumpeter playing jazz renditions of punk songs, It’ll Be Alt-Right on the Night has a lot ...

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Nigel Slater’s Toast – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Henry Filloux-Bennett Director and choreographer: Jonnie Riordan Reviewer: Stephen Bates Back in the days when Michelin stars were a thing of the future for the UK and Fanny Craddock was teaching the nation to cook, a 12-year-old Nigel Slater was learning his craft by helping his Mum to make jam tarts and mince pies in her Wolverhampton kitchen. Now ...

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Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year & Stiles and Drewe Prize 2018 – Savoy Theatre, London

Director: Chris Hocking Musical Director: Mark Etherington Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When first approached to see if he would give his permission to a student competition that used his songs, Stephen Sondheim insisted that any such event also include new writing. When asked why he’d given such a proviso, he replied, “Why wouldn’t I?” And indeed, based on the tremendous success ...

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The Crucible – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Siobhán Cannon-Brownlie Reviewer: David Robinson Arthur Miller’s ground-breaking and formative work is still seen by many as a seminal piece on the seventeenth-century witch trials in and around Salem Massachusetts. The setting may well be the USA in 1692 but Miller’s influence was the McCarthy trials of the 1950’s. This co-production between The Curve and De ...

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Cats – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director/Choreographer: Chrissie Cartwright Reviewer: Alice Fowler The moon hangs over a junkyard set and luminous green eyes glint from all sides. We can only be at Cats: back and brought to exuberant new life by the Guildford School of Acting. This is a high calibre production, performed by graduating musical theatre students who would give any ...

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Morgan Stern – C Primo, Edinburgh

man in top hat with two fish

Writer: Gina Schien Director: Goldele Rayment Reviewer: Tom Ralphs A man known as The Gent returns from the Georgian era to help Morgan Stern, an Australian schizophrenic. Morgan is never seen. His voice, and the voices he hears, are replayed by The Gent. As The Gent’s own background emerges, you start to wonder whether the play is really set 221 ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Stroop Effect – The Warren Studio 3

The Stroop Effect

Devised by the Company Reviewer: Sophie Huggins The Stroop Effect, by definition, is when the reaction time of a task is proven to be interfered with and, in this show, performed by third year acting students from the University Centre Colchester, there is a supposed connection between this famous experiment and their devised show. Beginning with a continuous ticking clock ...

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