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Luca Rutherford’s Political Party –  Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Devisers and Writers: Luca Rutherford and Alex Swift Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Meeting your audience in the bar and cheerily handing out crisps is a novel way to start a show. But then this is party-time not showtime. Luca Rutherford’s confusion over what politics is and what we should do about it is the theme in this neatly ...

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I Told You This Would Happen – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Writer: Kathryn Beaumont Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Beverley Haigh In her first venture as a solo writer and performer, Kathryn Beaumont succeeds in telling a story we are all familiar with and have heard countless times before in I Told You This Would Happen but finds a new and innovative way of telling it. ‘Less Rom Com, and more Rom-Con’ ...

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Pulse Festival: Fat Man – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Martin Bonger Director: Alex Swift   Beware the wrath of the gods. Should we annoy them we may end up doing a never-ending stand-up, recounting our worst nightmares in a vicious loop. In Martin Bonger’s monologue Fat Man that is the awful fate that has befallen Orpheus. In front of Zeus and the pantheon of gods, Orpheus ...

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Fat Man – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Written by: Martin Bonger Directed by: Alex Swift Reviewer: Joan Phillips Meet Orpheus the greatest musician that ever lived. But that was before the tragic loss of his wife, Eurydice. The pain and regret of losing his great love has turned Orpheus from a man whose gift could divert the course of rivers, move rocks and charm birds into a ...

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Mess – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Caroline Horton Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] Mess is a unapologetically about anorexia nervosa. This might make one feel uneasy about watching, after all, it can have tragic consequences. That writer and actor Caroline Horton has used her own experiences in Mess might make it even more uncomfortable. But no. There are unnerving sequences, yes, but the ...

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Mess – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Caroline Horton Music: Seiriol Davies Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:4.0] There’s plenty of performance work around in which artists expose their anxieties, their struggles with the real world, and their fragile state. It’s often self indulgent, sometimes harrowing, occasionally worthy. Caroline Horton has made a play about her own experience of illness and recovery from anorexia that’s ...

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Mess – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writer: Caroline Horton Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Lettie Mckie [rating:4] There are some topics which it is almost impossible to address in theatre without falling into a trap. Drug addiction, homelessness and domestic abuse are all tricky, but one of the hardest issues to tackle with sensitivity, avoiding tired clichés or platitudes, is eating disorders. The success of Mess, devised ...

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Mess – Studio, Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Caroline Horton Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:4] Caroline Horton and her company have produced a highly engaging, thought provoking, creative and very funny investigation into anorexia. Not an obvious choice for comedy, but don’t be put off. Hats off to Horton and her team for balancing such serious subject matter with humour while never allowing comedy at ...

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