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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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The Wipers Times – The Curve, Leicester

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: James Garrington “Ask yourself the following questions. Do you suffer from cheerfulness? Do you think the war will end in the next twelve months? Do you have faith in our commanders to bring the war to a successful conclusion? Optimism! Two days at our establishment will eradicate all traces of ...

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Quest – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Breaking Tradition Director: Damien Barber Reviewer: Sam Lowe You are about to enter the virtual land of Quest.It is inside a computer game where folk dance, hip hop, martial arts, and "nostalgic" gaming music can be encountered. This is an intriguing premise. Unfortunately, it's one of those scenarios where it maybe looks amazing in your imagination, but fails to ...

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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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A Thing Mislaid – Déda Theatre, Derby

Writers: Bethany Sheldon and Kathryn Lowe, devised with Teele Uustani, Raquel Pereira, Elena Casotto Directors: Bethany Sheldon and Kathryn Lowe Reviewer: Dave Smith If home is no longer home, then where do we belong? This is the question posed by Maison Foo in their new show about migration, A Thing Mislaid, a hugely engaging, imaginative and skilful performance combining visual storytelling, ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: For Saoirse – Axis, Dublin

Writer: Colm Keegan Director: Mark O’Brien Reviewer: Saoirse Anton For Saoirse takes place over just one eventful night. Craner’s ex, Emily, is having their baby, and Craner can do nothing right. Pulled to and fro between the admonishments of Emily’s disapproving grandmother, the ire of the unpredictable Bocker and the mysterious appearance of James Connolly,  Craner is doing his best ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Owing to the Failure of – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

Writer: Zoë Comyns Director: Catríona McLaughlin Reviewer: Saoirse Anton 19038UVABY In the small Vintage Room of Workman’s, an audience listens to sounds, sounds that tell a story. As ZoëComyns reminds us, none of us can ever experience true silence, there is always sound. But what effects can those sounds have? Set up like a live podcast, Owing to the Failure ...

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