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Wonderland – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Beth Steel Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Chris Collett The 1984 to 1985 miner’s strike was one of the UK’s most bitterly fought industrial disputes. Pit communities were torn apart as some miners joined the picket lines, while others continued to work, becoming social pariahs. Beth Steel’s Wonderland tells the story of the strike from both the perspective of the ...

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Alcatraz – VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Nathan Lucky Wood Director:  Emily Collins Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The first ten minutes of Alcatrazare terrific. An 11-year-old girl leaves home in search of the most famous prison in the world, and she thinks she’s found it when she spies a secure building just off the city’s canal. She’s seen the film with Clint Eastwood often enough. Meanwhile, in ...

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Tesseract – Barbican Theatre, London

Director: Charles Atlas Choreographers: Rashoun Mitchell and Silas Riener Reviewer: Scott Matthewman While 3D movie going is these days primarily confined to superhero movies and CGI animations, its usage often feels as if it’s more of an attempt to dissuade would-be pirates from recording the screen than contributing to artistic endeavour. I have long thought, however, that dance movies benefit from ...

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My Father The Tantric Masseur  – VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Roann McCloskey Director:  Lolo Brow and Joel Samuels Reviewer:  Richard Maguire It’s a provocative title, and writer/performer Roann McCloskey takes no prisoners, warning the audience from the start that her show will be explicit, and that people could leave if they wanted. Although My Father The Tantric Masseur occasionally tackles sensitive material, it’s mainly made up of consensual sexual anecdotes, ...

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Without That Certain Thing – VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Rory Platt Director:  Chloe Christian Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Without that Certain Thing is a smart, fast-talking comedy thriller that ticks all the right boxes. A parody of American film noirs, writer Rory Platt has seamlessly transported the world of weary private investigators and elusive femme fatal's to present-day London. And it works very well. Madeleine has come to the big ...

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Crowd – Liverpool Playhouse

Devisers: The Young Everyman Team and their mentors Directors: Nicole Behan, Matt Rutter and Chris Tomlinson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) team is well-known for its large-scale productions, so,devising a piece which, by its very title Crowd, requires plenty of people is a good choice. The show was devised by the team and developed with the actors ...

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A Skull In Connemara – Oldham Coliseum

Writer:  Martin McDonagh Director:  Chris Lawson Martin McDonagh was already an established playwright and writer of several Indie screen classics when his award-winning film, Three Billboards OutsideEbbing, Missouri, brought him overnight fame and World-wide attention in 2017. As a young writer in his mid-twenties, McDonagh emerged as an enfant terrible of the British theatre scene with his highly acclaimed Leenane ...

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Wood  – VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Adam Foster Director:  Grace Duggan Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Of all the shows playing at The Vault Festival this year, the most compelling beginning must belong to Wood, a play about a play about a film about a film. Straightaway the audience is witness to a film crew filming a scene for their porno. Everything is in place: the actress, ...

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