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Rotterdam – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Jon Brittain Director: Donnacadh O’Briain Designer: Ellan Parry Reviewer: Ron Simpson Rotterdam, winner of the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, is a strange mix of sitcom, genuinely moving scenes and serious consideration of issues of gender. It’s a tribute to both Jon Brittain and Donnacadh O’Briain that, for the most part, all these fit ...

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SICK – Theatre Deli, Sheffield

Writer: Shey Hargreaves Director: Molly Naylor Reviewer: Brendan James SICK is a true personal account of a young graduate who embarks on their first job out of university. Something to pay the bills but will also engender a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of serving the greater good. Shey Hargreaves enters as a bright-eyed young optimist, intent on giving ...

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Hamlet – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The play is the thing in Amy Leach’s solid production of Hamlet, as Leeds Playhouse’s ensemble season continues in their pop-up space while the theatre continues redevelopment. This radically cut-down, easily digestible version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece places story first and foremost and injects a pace that can very often be the ...

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LGBTQ+ Roundup of Week 6 of The VAULT Festival

Even though it’s week six of the VAULT Festival, currently being held in the cavernous tunnels under Waterloo station, it seems as if London’s biggest fringe festival has never been busier. One of the most exciting features of the festival is the diversity of the shows, and in The Reviews Hub’s occasional roundup of queer slanted plays Richard Maguire talks ...

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LGBTQ+ Preview: Week 5 at the VAULT Festival

We’re just over halfway through the VAULT Festival and already there have been some standout LGBTQ+ plays such as the dark Kompromat, based on the unsolved murder of Gareth Williams, the ‘gay spy’, and Velvet which told the story of a young actor catfished by a casting agent. The Reviews Hub’s Richard Maguire talked to three of the people behind three queer ...

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PREVIEW: LGBTQ+ VAULTS – Yours Sincerely & Little King

The VAULT Festival is one of the most diverse festivals in the country, giving voices to minorities. The programming for LGBTQ+ shows is impressive, and in the first week alone there were at least four shows that discussed LGBTQ+ experiences. As the festival moves into its second week, The Reviews Hub's Richard Maguire talked to two queer performers, Will Jackson ...

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Neptune – Dixon Place, New York

[Neptune] [Dixon Place, NYC] (c)Mark Hayes

Writer: Timothy DuWhite Director: Zhailon Levingston Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Dixon Place is hosting the twenty-seventh year of its Hot! Festival, a celebration of queer culture. Among the repertoire of performances is Timothy DuWhite’s exquisite one-man show, Neptune. Written and performed by DuWhite, the show is just over ninety minutes of poetry in motion. It is a love story, political piece, ...

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