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Not About Heroes – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Stephen MacDonald. Director: Caroline Clegg Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Not About Heroes is one of the best performed lectures I have attended – but it isn't the finest theatre. Stephen MacDonald's story of the meeting and developing friendship of two of our best-loved war poets is crammed full of fascinating detail interlaced with the poignant words of Siegfried Sassoon and ...

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Not About Heroes – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Stephen MacDonald Director: Caroline Clegg Reviewer: Laura Maley Two young men meet in Craiglockhart War Hospital for Nervous Disorders in 1917, sent from the front line of The Great War. One, Wilfred Owen, is suffering from shell shock. The other an officer, Siegfried Sassoon, is there as punishment for publishing an anti-war declaration (having been honoured with the Military ...

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The Comedy of Errors – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Director: Edward Hall Writer: William Shakespeare Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards Propeller’s approach to Shakespeare is refreshingly unique. Watching one of their productions is, I can only imagine, like watching Shakespeare on drugs. The pace is incredibly fast, the colours and sounds striking and unexpected and the performances are imbued with a sense of playfulness and electricity. This style naturally suits ...

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The Comedy of Errors – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Edie Ranvier The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s Plautian farce about twins and mistaken identity, has been neatly twinned by all-male theatre company Propeller in a matched pair with A Midsummer Night’s Dream in this, their current tour. But these twin shows, unlike the Dromios and Antipholuses who confuse the action of the play, ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Edie Ranvier All-male Shakespeare company Propeller has come to Edinburgh with a brace of the Bard’s earliest comedies: the less-performed Comedy of Errors, and the well-known and well-loved A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a story of love, fairies and chaos. You may know the Dream, but you probably won’t have seen it quite like ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Lu Greer A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s two truly original plays, is a story full of magic and whimsy as it tells the stories of four sets of characters and is interwoven predominantly by love. With this being the focus of the play, and it revolving around three sets of male/female ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace According to the programme "Propeller is an all-male Shakespeare company that mixes a rigorous approach to the text with a modern physical aesthetic", a philosophy that is abundantly evident in this pitch perfect production of the Bard's playful and magical Midsummer Night's Dream. A web of competitive love stories and featuring ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Jim Gillespie A Midsummer Night’s Dream is probably one of Shakespeare’s best-known dramas. It was therefore intriguing to see what the all male Propeller company could bring to such a well-loved but well-worn piece. The plot is intricate, as four distinct groups of characters - the court, the lovers, the artisans, and the ...

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