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The Coming Storm- Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writer: Tim Etchells and The Company Director: Tim Etchells Reviewer: Lizzie Kirkwood [rating:2] The Coming Storm, the latest offering from theatre company Forced Entertainment, is a study in distraction and bathos. The piece deconstructs ideas on conventional narrative by outlining what it is that makes a good story and then deliberately failing to obey any of the rules it identifies. ...

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I Stand Corrected – Ovalhouse, London

Creators: Mojisola Adebayo and Mamela Nyamza Script: Mojisola Adebayo Choreography: Mamela Nyamza Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] Exquisite, emotive and energetic in all the right places, I Stand Corrected is a sometimes stark look at the challenges facing lesbian couples in both South Africa and the UK. Most will be familiar with the concept of hate crime, but what is less ...

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Quietly – The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Owen McCafferty Director: Jimmy Fay Reviewer: Dan Sheehan [rating:4] “Maybe it’s just about talking- Yeah? -and listening…” Quietly- Northern Irish playwright Owen McCafferty’s powerful Abbey Theatre debut- wears its title ambiguously: A description perhaps of the silences that fall between men in the wake of sudden, torrential roaring; the kind that cannot be held back any longer. The kind ...

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Xenophobadelica – Contact, Manchester

Writer: DawN Crandell Director: Rachel Brogan Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating: 3.5] DawN Crandell’s autobiographical show takes us from her idyllic childhood, roaming the woods with her hippy mum, through her teenage years as she realises her difference and starts to discover herself as an artist, and on to her recent life as a wife and mother in Manchester. “Not black ...

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L.O.V.E – The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Davies Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:3.5] Based on the Sonnets by William Shakespeare, L.O.V.E was originally produced in 1992, winning the 1993 Timeout Theatre Award. Restaged by Paul Davies, Volcano Theatre Company have revived this piece of dramatic art for their current 2012 tour. Initially the stage is bare, save three items covered with dust sheets. ...

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Blue/Orange – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Joe Penhall Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4] Mental illness seems to be a bit of a theme in some of Joe Penhall’s work. His first play, ‘Some Voices’ focuses on a young man trying to adapt back into society after a spell in a psychiatric hospital, and one of his latest plays, ‘Haunted Child’, includes an absent ...

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Long Live The Mad Parade – Ashcroft Theatre, London

Writer: David Spicer Director: John Schwab Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:4] If Joe Orton had written Yes Prime Minister the end result would probably have looked something like Long Live The Mad Parade, the new play by David Spicer premiering at Croydon’s Ashcroft Theatre. After 60 years on the throne the Queen has had enough. It’s easy to see why when ...

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