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Abigail’s Party, The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Pete Benson At the opening of Abigail's Party, we are outside a 1970s suburban house looking in through the window creating the feeling that we are voyeurs. The window flies out, the house opens up, revealing a sitting room with a blond wood and faux leather furniture décor. The larger than life Beverly is ...

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Undetectable – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Tom Wright Director: Rikki Beadle Blair Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Hot on the heels of their collaboration on Park Theatre’s My Dad’s Gap Year, writer Tom Wright and director Rikki Beadle-Blair once again work together on Undetectable, at the King’s Head. Freddie Hogan and Lewis Brown play Lex and Bradley, a gay couple in their late twenties who, after three months of ...

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Tmesis Theatre: Beyond Belief – The Lowry, Salford

Text: Chris Fittock Artistic Director: Elinor Randle Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Award-winning Tmesis Theatre are one of the UK’s leading physical theatre companies, creating vibrant and questioning touring theatre productions, workshops as well as delivering an annual festival - Physical Fest- all from their base in Liverpool. Their style is playful and curious, combining text, music, strong physical movement and dance, ...

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Into The Light – The Lowry, Salford.

Writers: Hijinx, Frantic Assembly, and Teatro La Ribalta Directors: Scott Graham and Krista Vuori Reviewer: Sam Lowe Light catches our eyes. The set is made up of neon lights shaped into two doors. A portal between two worlds: on and off stage - as constructed by Tarn Aitken. It looks like something from the movie, Tron. This is an autobiographical, ...

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Much Ado about Nothing – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Conrad Nelson Designer: Lis Evans Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson If you’re going to update Shakespeare, then it needs thinking through – costumes and hair-styles are not enough – and Northern Broadsides’ transference of Much Ado about Nothing to somewhere in England at the end of World War Two is a complete and highly ...

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Such Filthy F*cks – The Vaults, London

Writer and Director: Oli Forsyth Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty There’s a sweet appeal in this short, sexless play about porn addiction and the digital world. The relationship between the two main characters is almost ideal - supportive, passionate, tender - and the writing is firey and relevant without preaching. Two actors (Alice McCarthy, Luke Murphy) play about six characters between them. ...

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Blood Knot – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Athol Fugard Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Stephen Bates London is seeing a resurgence of interest in Athol Fugard. A week after a revival of the South African writer’s politically-charged play A Lesson from Aloes opened at the Finborough Theatre, here comes Blood Knot, a play originally performed in 1961, seen in a 1987 revised version. Apartheid forms the backdrop ...

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Princess and the Hustler – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Chinonyerem Odimba Director: Dawn Walton Designer: Simon Kenny Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mention the phrase “bus boycott” and the mind turns immediately to Montgomery, Alabama. The Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963 is a largely forgotten milestone in race relations in this country. The cause of the boycott was a refusal by Bristol’s bus company to employ black or Asian bus ...

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