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Running Wild – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adapter: Samuel Adamson Directors: Timothy Sheader and Dale Rooks Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Children’s Touring Partnership is halfway through a four-month tour of the Chichester Festival Theatre/Regent’s Park Theatre production of Running Wild, a wonderfully elaborate production to take on the road. It is advertised as being for six-year-olds upwards, and Michael Morpurgo, Samuel Adamson and the ...

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Babe, The Sheep Pig – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Dick King-Smith Adaptor: David Wood Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Jay Nuttall After performing for an extended period over Christmas and New Year at their home in Wimbledon, Polka Theatre’s heart-warming tale of bravery embarks on a UK tour beginning at The Lowry. Beautiful design and puppetry are at the heart of this superb production about a little pig who ...

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Oyster Boy – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Devised by Haste Theatre Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Tim Burton is well known for his dark eccentric fantasy films, but in 1997 he also produced a book in a similar vein, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories. The title story, written in verse, is the inspiration for Haste Theatre’s Oyster Boy. The story is a simple allegory about ...

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Oyster Boy – Kings Arms, Salford

  Company: Haste Theatre Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Oyster Boy is a dark comedy, adapted from a Tim Burton short story, telling the story of a couple who fall in love and give birth to a son with an oyster-shaped head. The story is a tale of love and acceptance, of conformity and expectations, it is dark and blackly funny. Haste ...

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Calderon’s Two Dreams – La MaMa (Ellen Stewart Theatre), New York

Writer: Pedro Calderón de la Barca Translators: George Drance, Alfredo Galvàn, Magis Theatre Company Directors: George Drance, Kelly Johnston Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Pedro Calderón de la Barca wrote Life is a Dream in 1635, and then, for reasons that are historically challenging to trace, rewrote it in 1677. Moving from the world of courtly kingdoms to the creation of man, ...

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Grandad and the Machine – Venue: Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Jack Dean Director: Polly Agg-Manning Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller Like a great clattering, thundering steam train, Jack Dean’s storytelling sweeps into the theatre and pulls you up on board.  Dean wants to take you to a world that’s strange yet familiar – dystopian, yet home.  But this is storytelling for the YouTube generation, there’s no time for Once Upon ...

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Betty– Home, Manchester

Creator: Louise-Clare Henry Director: Martha Simon Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin This one-woman show from Fly in Your Soup Theatre explores the fractured memories and life of Betty, the creator’s great-grandmother, through puppetry, mime, gesture and mask work. Louise-Clare Henry makes clear transitions between each stage of Betty’s life using the recurring prop of Betty’s glasses to move smoothly from the mask ...

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