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The Season – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Book and Lyrics: Kit Buchan Music: Jim Barne Director: Tim Jackson Reviewer: James Garrington It may still be November but already the Christmas-themed productions are starting to appear. This one is from the pens of Jim Barne and Kit Buchan, winners of the 2018 Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award – and it’s a delight. The Season is a new musical, ...

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The Funeral Director – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Iman Qureshi Director: Hannah Hauer-King Reviewer: Dominic Corr Death. Each faith, nation and individual have their own thoughts, prayers and customs surrounding the event. The Funeral Director, winner of Papatango’s 10th annual new writing prize tackles the Islamic faith’s relationship with same-sex relationships and the concealed secrets associated with it. Being a funeral director is far from the most ...

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The Funeral Director  – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Iman Qureshi Director:  Hannah Hauer-King Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The Funeral Director is this year’s winner of the 2018 Papatango New Writing Prize, an award that guarantees the winner a full production of their play, and a £6,000 commission for another one. The setting, a Muslim funeral home, is definitely a novel location for London theatre, but Iman Qureshi’s story is, ...

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Jellyfish – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Ben Weatherill Director: Tim Hoare Reviewer: Stephen Bates How do perceived misfits find their place in our society? Ben Weatherill’s gentle comedy looks bravely into sensitive issues by challenging preconceptions and prejudices, while serving up a fair number of good laughs in the process. Sarah Gordy gives a remarkably confident and mature performance as Kelly, a 27-year-old woman who ...

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Our Blue Heaven – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer/Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Molly Richardson  Our Blue Heaven is a new musical written and directed by Peter Rowe focusing on Ipswich Town Football Clubs historic FA Cup victory on 6 May 1978.  At first glance, the world of theatre and sport colliding may sound a bizarre and niche match, but in fact you’ll find it’s rather brilliant. The story focuses on ...

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Not Talking  – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: James Hillier Reviewer: Richard Maguire Although Mike Bartlett is responsible for some of the best plays of the last ten years (Earthquakes in London, Cock, and King Charles III), it was the TV’s Doctor Foster that turned his name into a household one. Taking advantage of this fame, the Arcola, along with Defibrillator Theatre, have dusted down ...

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Kate Wasserberg Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Cartwrights iconic, Olivier Award-winning musical comedy has brought its audience to a rousing standing ovation at Theatr Clwyd. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice premiered in 1992 and is nostalgic not only for its early 90s setting but for its principle characters fascination with the classic records of Hollywood and ...

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A Sunny Disposition -The Other Room, Porter’s, Cardiff

Writer &Director: Nicola Reynolds Reviewer: Jacqui Onions A Sunny Disposition is a powerful and emotional story of one man’s battle with addiction. Meet Charlie (played by Neal McWilliams). He is a person that you will know. His background, his personality, the reasons he does the things he does are very easy to relate to and you will know someone just ...

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