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I Can Go Anywhere – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Douglas Maxwell Director: Eve Nichol Reviewer: Dominic Corr Reversing the traditional appeal of crafting a story, asylum seeker Jimmy refuses to be defined by circumstances of his upbringing. Fresh-faced in Glasgow, Jimmy chooses the mantle of the mid-60s subculture, the Mod. Douglas Maxwell’s I Can Go Anywhere coaxes us to re-evaluate ourselves, and more vitally to re-examine who others ...

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Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Charlotte Jones Director: Robert Wolstenholme Reviewer: Richard Maguire Written in 1998, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis makes its London debut in the Park Theatre, but a lot has happened since 1998, and now Charlotte Jones’s Bolton comedy seems a little worse for wear. Jokes about OCD, sex work and men dressing up in women’s clothes make for uncomfortable ...

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Pippi Longstocking – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Original Music: Stu Barker Writer: Mike Akers from the books by Astrid Lindgren Directors: Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton Reviewer: James Garrington In the town of Little Town, deep in the middle of nowhere special, everything is ordinary. The people thrive on being absolutely average, it all works like clockwork and everyone is content – except perhaps young Tommy and ...

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A Little Princess – Drayton Arms, London

Adaptor and Director: Rachael Bellis Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Being a princess is a state of mind and, according to Frances Hodgson Burnett, very little to do with riches and breeding. In fact, as Rachael Bellis’ new adaptation at the Drayton Arms suggests, being a princess is about dignity, graciousness and kind-heartedness whatever life brings. Bellis’ adaption emphasises Sara’s essential goodness ...

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To the Moon and Back – Barbican, London

Director: Paula Manning Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The 50th anniversary of the moon landing earlier this year inspired very little response from the theatre community, and in fact, plays about or set in space are few and far between, primarily a genre for television and film with an extensive visual effects budget. But M-SET theatre company is an inspiration to us ...

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The Undefinable – Camden People’s Theatre, London

Writers/Directors: Shamira Turner and Eugénie Pastor Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The way in which romantic relationships are pigeon-holed is the focus of this anarchic performance by She Goat, aka performers Shamira Turner and Eugénie Pastor. The duo perform as hosts of a garage radio station – basically a podcast with phone-in callers – who discuss the undefinable nature of relationships, both ...

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Club 2B – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Director: Corey Campbell Reviewer: Nicole Craft The more traditional Belgrade Theatre ‘anti-panto’ offerings have been somewhat hit and miss over the last few years. Alcohol seemed a must to find the continuous streams of puns even remotely funny and it was never clear whether acting or direction was truly at fault for the failings of what remained. With, new to ...

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One Under – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Winsome Pinnock Director: Amit Sharma Reviewer: Maryam Philpott An unexpected death in mysterious or shocking circumstances can be very difficult for family and friends to come to terms with, convincing themselves that something more meaningful than an accident or mere chance is to blame. Winsome Pinnock’s 2004 play One Under presented now at the Arcola Theatre explores the impact ...

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