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The Witches – Liverpool Everyman

The cast of The Witches at Curve Leicester

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: David Wood Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin   Roald Dahl, the master of children’s storytelling, has constructed a fantastic story revolving around a sect of children-hating evil witches who have blended in with normal society and are found out by our story’s hero, Boy. David Wood’s adaptation is faithful to the book, most obviously that ...

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The Great Gatsby – Greenwich Theatre, London

Writer: F. Scott Fitzgerald Adaptor: Stephen Sharkey Director:Eliot Giuralarocca Reviewer:Dan Humphrey   The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest novels ever written, with beautifully complex characters speaking beautifully flawless prose. Thankfully Stephen Sharkey’s adaptation for Blackeyed Theatre at least keeps the flawless prose. In the novel, Nick’s narration frames his position as an outsider; he may live in West ...

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The Sun and the Moon: Shakespeare’s Lovers – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Melissa Barrett Music: David Johnson Director: Sun &Moon Theatre Reviewer: Lucy Corley Armed with only a rail of costumes, a guitar and a single chair, two-person company Sun &Moon Theatre have set themselves the challenge of performing iconic scenes from nine Shakespeare plays in an hour-long tour through the various shades and forms in which the ...

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Sunset Song – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Lewis Grassic Gibbons Adaptation: Alistair Cording Director: Julie Ellen Reviewer: Katie Mitchell Commemorating the beginning of the Great War, 2014 has been subject to an abundance of WW1 themed performances both on stage and screen from the BBC’s The Crimson Fieldtothe ever popular Lewis Grassic Gibbons’ classic,Sunset Song. Gibbons’ work has been adapted for the stage for this three ...

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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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The Time Machine: An Invention – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: H.G. Wells Adaptor: Robert Lloyd Parry Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:4] Nunkie Theatre have taken a break from their usual spooky M.R. James plays, and have decided to adapt H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi ‘The Time Machine’. However, they have applied techniques used in their more nerve-wracking plays to create a very atmospheric piece. A mysterious man emerges from a strange ...

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One Hand Clapping – International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

Writer: Anthony Burgess Adaptor and Director: Lucia Cox Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:4] ‘One Hand Clapping’ is an adaptation of the 1961 Anthony Burgess novel of the same name. Janet Shirley lives with her husband Howard, and both lead quite an unspectacular working class existence in the North of England. However, Howard possesses a special talent – a photographic memory. He ...

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Exam – The Three Minute Theate, Manchester

Writer: Stuart Hazeldine Adaptors: Craig Hepworth, Richard Allen and Stuart Reeve Director: Craig Hepworth and Richard Allen Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4] Exam is based on a criminally underrated British film from 2009. It tells the story of eight candidates sitting an exam for a high-profile job in a company that is developing a cure for a deadly virus that is ...

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