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Rite Of Spring– Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

Director / Choreographer: Seeta Patel Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh Stravinsky's ballet is here reimagined by award-winning choreographer Seeta Patel. In a nod to her own heritage, this abridged piece encompasses Bharatanatyam; traditional Indian dance. As the title suggests it explores the advent of Spring; the hope that it carries but at what cost? The dance is colourful and uplifting, conveying the ...

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Miss Julie – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: August Strindberg Adaptor: Howard Brenton Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Tense and precariously combustible from the start, the work is a captivating 90 minutes of domestic trouble and class antagonism that leaves one a little breathless. The version here, a freshly written by Howard Brenton which is directed by his long-time Strindberg collaborator Tom Littler, brings out the claustrophobic ...

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The Girl on the Train – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Paula Hawkins Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys British writer Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel The Girl on the Train became a runaway best-seller around the globe, with a Hollywood movie adaptation following on its heels quickly a year later, albeit with a re-setting to New York instead of London. Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan ...

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Call Me Vicky – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writers: Nicola Bland, Stacey Bland Director: Victoria Gimby Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty With the point clearly flagged up by Vicky’s mother in the opening minutes, the 1980’s in London was a potentially dangerous place for men and women stepping outside gender and sexuality norms. And Vicky isn’t stepping so much as leaping vibrantly into an unpredictable future, complete with leopard-print heels, ...

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Ulster American – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Ireland Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Dominic Corr Recently, the act of being offended has become blasé. People are offended by movie remakes, television programmes – hell quite often a social media post about cake toppings can cause riots. The term ‘offended’ however, has a place in Ulster American which returns to the Traverse after a sell-out run during ...

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Theatres at Risk Register 2019

The theatres appearing on the 2019 register are as follows: Brighton Hippodrome Theatre Royal Margate Victoria Pavilion/Winter Gardens, Morecambe Dudley Hippodrome Victoria Theatre, Salford Spilsby Theatre Streatham Hill Theatre, London Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech NEW Winter Gardens Pavilion, Blackpool Burnley Empire Plymouth Palace Hulme Hippodrome     Century Theatre, Coalville Walthamstow Granada, London Leith Theatre King’s Theatre, Dundee The Broadway, Peterborough ...

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Justin Moorhouse: Northern Joker – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Starting his new tour on his own patch certainly pays off for Justin Moorhouse. With this lovingly celebratory show about being a Northerner, he’s delivering his freshly crafted material to a room full of people who know exactly what he’s talking about. To audiences farther afield there might be a touch of the charmingly exotic, to us ...

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Hamilton (Lewis) – Kings Head Theatre, London

Book: Fiona English Music and Lyrics: David Eaton Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty “Do it, then ask for permission later.” It can come across aggressive, but really it just means having the confidence of your convictions. When you’re on a stage, it’s important to present to the audience an attitude of “this is our best work, we’re confident in ...

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