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Dark and Lovely – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Selina Thompson Director: Emma Beverley Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Inspired by the cultural, the social debate surrounding black hair and the contribution it makes to our understanding of black identity, Selina Thompson explores what it means to be Black, British and female in the 21st Century. She invites the audience into her life, from inside a cosy, warm and strangely ...

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John – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Artistic Director: Lloyd Newson Choreographer: Lloyd Newson with the performers Reviewer: Beverley Haigh   Conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson, John is the latest masterpiece by DV8, based on verbatim testimonies to create a new thought provoking and dramatic piece of physical dance theatre exploring the theme of life and love. After interviewing more than 50 men while researching his ...

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Spill – Bristol Old Vic Studio, Bristol

Devised by: Propolis Theatre Reviewer: Kris Hallett Bristol Old Vic’s Made In Bristol scheme is a terrific outreach project that sees a group of 18-25 year olds come together every year to train and form a company under the guidance of the theatre, culminating in a valedictory show that springs the company out fully formed into the world. It has ...

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Drink with a Chimp – Carriageworks, Leeds

Lead Writer: Daniel Ingram-Brown Director: Simon Brewis Reviewer: David Gann Drink with a Chimp is a remarkable piece of theatre. It is well written, acted and directed, but most of all it will touch deep places in all who see it. This is because it comes out of the fragility of our lives. Real lives. The work emerges as a ...

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FEATURE: Common Wealth share theatre making process

Forming part of the Bradford Literature Festival, Ruth Jepsonattends Working with Verbatim-a theatre writing masterclass. The event is run by Evie Manning and Aisha Zia, respectively Artistic Director and Writer for Common Wealth - an immersive installation theatre company who use interviews as the starting point for their creations. Before the event starts,I take the chance to chat with some ...

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The 56 – The Civic, Barnsley

Director: Matthew Stevens-Woodhead Co-Creators: Matthew Stevens-Woodhead &Gemma Wilson Reviewer: Rob Atkinson With media focus very much once more on the 1989 Hillsborough disaster as the inquests re-open, re-visiting all of those mistakes and examples of covered-up incompetence - here, on the stark and minimalist stage of the Civic in Barnsley, was an almost unbearably vivid reminder of another football tragedy ...

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