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Read All About It – Coventry Evening Telegraph Building, Coventry

Writer: Jennifer Farmer (City Final),   Directors: Leon Phillips, Naomi Wood, Paul O’Donnell, Reena Jaisiah, Claire Proctor, Natalie Russo (City Final), Oliver Scott (Retold) Choreographer: Olver Scott (Retold) Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The 1950s was a big decade in Coventry’s history. Much of the city, including its historic St Michael’s Cathedral, most of its industrial capacity and over 4000 homes, was flattened in ...

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Treasure Island – Croxteth Hall, Liverpool

Writer: Robert Louis Stephenson Adaptor: Phil Wilmott Director: Gaynor La Rocca Reviewer: John Roberts Mate Productions have been running community programmes in Liverpool and Knowsley for many years and one of their biggest projects each year is their annual outdoor Shakespeare, however this year breaking from the norm, they have produced a fresh, lively and at times outright bonkers production ...

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The Three Musketeers – Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Hattie Naylor Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer: May Mellstrom The sun will certainly be shining on Williamson Park this summer; not only is it the perfect place to enjoy the rare heatwave but The Dukes' production of The Three Musketeers burns almost as brightly in what must surely be their most joyful park show yet.   Playwright Hattie Naylor adapts ...

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Nocturne – The Albany, Deptford

Directors: Krista Burane & Andy Field Reviewer: Lucy Lambert Sat on a small circle of chairs in Deptford Library, my group leader tells us that a nocturne is a song of the night. He then calmly and slowly makes eye contact with each group member, before delivering what is perhaps best described as a sonic collage; making the cries, clicks ...

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The Belly of the Whale – Greenwich Festival, London

Director: Tina Koch Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Running away to the circus isn’t quite what it used to be, gone are the lion tamers and garishly painted clowns, these days circus performance is all about acrobatic skill. Ockham’s Razor have brought the tightrope walker and trapeze artist almost down to earth with their new show The Belly of the Whale, created ...

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LIFT 2018: Fly By Night – Crossness Pumping Station, London

Deviser: Duke Riley Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As the audience takes their seats in the open air beneath a near-cloudless summer sunset, several of the cast emerge to give a preview of the show ahead. Normally, this can be a fraught time: the threat of interaction, of enforced jollity, can ruin rather than enhance the show to come. Not in this case. ...

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Everything Must Go – Birmingham Wholesale Markets

Directors: Friction Arts Reviewer: John Kennedy Friction Arts, melding fusion and immersive conceptual installations weaves a non-linear narrative of a day in the life of the once myriad market trades-people. For three consecutive days (three years in the realisation), the abandoned Wholesale Markets become their nucleus. This unique setting allows for micro and macro events focusing on the triangular concrete ‘island’ ...

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Land of the Three Towers Vol. II – Maxilla Hall Social Club, London

Writer/Director: Emer Mary Morris and Nina Scott Reviewer: Lucy Lambert Theatre company ‘You Should See the Other Guy’ celebrates the idea that theatre has the power to bring about social change, and creates DIY performance in response to contemporary political struggles. Their series ‘Land of the Three Towers’ was born out of their involvement in the occupation of four empty ...

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