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Lord of the Flies – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Golding Adaptor: Nigel Williams Director: Reuben Johnson Reviewer: Tracey Lowe The Lowry Studio was packed to the rafters this balmy July evening, as the Lowry Young Actors Company tackle William Golding's brutal and controversial 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies. An eleven-strong cast of budding performers portray the gang of children stranded on a remote island following a ...

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Aristocrats – The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Patrick Mason Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Directed by Patrick Mason, Brian Friel’s Aristocrats comes to the Abbey Theatre, bringing with it a rarely seen representation of life in Ireland’s rural Roman Catholic ‘Big House’. Far from functional, the O’Donnell family reunite in Ballybeg to celebrate their youngest sister, Claire’s (Jane McGrath) wedding. Arriving back in O’Donnell Hall ...

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20th Century Boy – Lyric Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Peter Rowe in association with Gary Lloyd Music &Lyrics: Marc Bolan Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Joan Phillips This is an opportunity to bask in the glitz of the fashions and sounds of the 70s glam rock era. 20th Century Boy follows the career of that decade’s icon Marc Bolan through the eyes of his son, Rolan. Rolan never knew ...

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Rock Of Ages – Bristol Hippodrome

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Director: Kristin Hanggi Reviewer: Naomi Stevens It is fair to say that Rock of Ages has landed in town with a bang. The show, a production set in LA in the (in their words) mid to late 1980’s when trousers were skin tight and hair was as big as possible, certainly isn’t lacking in the rock element. ...

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Another Country – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Julian Mitchell Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Michael Hootman What would make a man betray not only his country, but also allow his comrades to go their deaths due to his duplicity? Julian Mitchell'sAnother Countrysuggests that the public school system of 1930s' England, with its unhealthy mix of hypocrisy and sexual repression, was the ideal environment which would help engender ...

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Deeds Of Deceit – Chapel Royal (Dublin Castle) – Dublin

Writer: Matthew Ralli Director: Matthew Ralli Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Set in the cavernous and delightfully gothic Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, Deeds of Deceitpresents to its audience a quirky enquiry into a crime that dates back more than a century. On July 6th 1907 the Irish Crown Jewels were discovered missing, presumed stolen, from their safe in the Bedford Tower. ...

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My Brilliant Divorce – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Geraldine Aron Director: Andrew Murray Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Verdant Productions present My Brilliant Divorce, a comedy about one woman’s journey from divorce to acceptance and all of the things life throws at you in between. Angela, played by Tara Flynn, has just witnessed her marriage come to a grinding halt. Her husband Max (amusingly referred to as “round head” ...

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