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Girls – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Theresa Ikoko Director: Elayce Ismail Reviewer: Deborah Klayman How far would you be willing to go to survive? Theresa Ikoko’s award-winning play Girls places three friends in an increasingly dangerous situation that challenges them individually to answer the question, and stretches their relationships, sometimes to breaking point. As the audience enters, Ruhab (Yvette Boakye), Haleema (Anita-Joy Uwajeh) and Tisana ...

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One Million Tiny Plays About Britain – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Two leads stood facing the audience

Writer: Craig Taylor Director: Laura Keefe Reviewer: David Jobson   Great Britain has been represented by playwrights and authors in a wide variety of ways down the ages. Some have been favourable, some scathing and some with a slight edge of disapproval. But rarely has it been presented based on our everyday verbatim conversations gathered over a few years. One ...

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Zonk FM – Exeter Phoenix

Writer:Angus Brown Director:Tom Adams Reviewer: Lucy Corley   Debbie Tyler (Sally Crooks) is 33 and lives with her adoptive parents in rural Cornwall, devoting her days to broadcasting ‘Noise FM’ – her own blend of records mixed, mashed up and overlaid with raucous or unusual sounds, almost always played at maximum volume. Debbie loves noise, has not a few obsessive ...

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The Man With the Hammer – The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Jonny Holden, Harriet Slater, Tim Chipping

Writer: Phil Porter Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Joan Phillips   We are increasingly encountering groups of cyclists on our roads at weekends. Already a hugely popular sport and pastime on the Continent, the sport is growing in popularity here. Rarely out of the news the sport has attracted our admiration for its heroes like Bradley Wiggins and Chris Frome, and ...

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Merlin – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

The cast of Merlin at Southampton's Nuffield Theatre

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: David Jobson   Who says libraries aren't fun? This production company doesn't think so in the Nuffield's latest offering for the festive season, Merlin. Among the towering walls of bookshelves, the show is staged by a group of bespectacled, tweed-jacket-wearing librarians. An odd choice, but soon the level of imagination in Ella Hickson's ...

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The Believers – The Curve, Leicester

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: James Garrington Just imagine that something life-changing has happened but you’re not sure how. Imagine that the only thing you’re really sure of is that you’re no longer sure about anything. This is the premise of The Believers. When Marianne (Eileen Walsh) and Joff (Christopher Colquhoun) find that their home is flooded, they ...

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The Believers – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Frantic Assembly’s production of The Believers is a thing of rare beauty, a symphony of sound, light and shade. From the moment one enters the auditorium to see a largely black stage with its angular shapes of light and skeletal metal constructions, and hear the rhythmic electronic music one is unsettled; ...

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Beautiful Burnout – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Bryony Lavery Directors: Scott Graham &Steven Hoggett Reviewer: Marina Spark [Rating: 4] Beautiful Burnout, written by Bryony Lavery, is a stunning piece of theatre co-produced by Frantic Assembly and the National Theatre of Scotland. It follows Cameron Burns, a young amateur boxer who turns pro. Along with tracking his journey from novice to “fists of fury” we follow four ...

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