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The Secret Keeper – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Angela Clerkin Director: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J Skilbeck Reviewer: James Garrington Confession, they say, is good for the soul. What happens, though, to those who hear the secrets confessed; and may there be consequences? This is the basic premise of Angela Clerkin’s The Secret Keeper. The Doll’s House Maker has been unhappy for nine years, ever since his ...

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The Secret Keeper – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer:  Angela Clerkin Directors: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J Skillbeck Reviewer: Joan Phillips The Secret Keeper is marketed is a political fairy tale for adults with a gothic heart, which all sounds very promising. But this is the first misleading disappointment in this bizarre play. The ‘secret keeper’ in this story is the daughter of the village doll’s house maker. She ...

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The Secret Keeper – Ovalhouse, Kennington

 cWriter: Angela Clerkin Director: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J. Skilbeck Reviewer: David Guest In the week that the news media is filled with celebrities claiming everyone knew about film producer Harvey Weinstein’s secrets but was afraid to say anything, the new play by Angela Clerkin couldn’t be more timely. The Secret Keeper is a grim fairy tale for modern times with ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – Curve, Leicester

Edward Franklin, Cathy Tyson, Darren Bennett, Martha Mackintosh and Fela Lufadeju in The Importance of Being Earnest

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman The Importance of Being Earnestopened in London in 1895 to immense critical acclaim, and has rarely been absent from British stages since. This new production from Curve Leicester injects the frothy storyline with fizzing life, and features strong performances throughout the ensemble cast. Opening in a London bachelor pad, the ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Edward Franklin, Cathy Tyson, Darren Bennett, Martha Mackintosh and Fela Lufadeju in The Importance of Being Earnest

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Does Wilde’s witty masterpiece have anything new left to say to 21stCentury theatregoers having been regularly performed and revived in the years since its first performances at the tail end of the 19th? In this Birmingham REP and Curve, Leicester co-production, director Nikolai Foster and designer Isla Shaw certainly think so ...

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Monkey Bars – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Chris Goode Director: Chris Goode Reviewer: May Mellstrom [Rating:4] “What is up with our generation?” asks a character in Chris Goode’s innovative play Monkey Bars. You may ordinarily expect the question to come from a disaffected adult but Monkey Bars is no ordinary play. Instead the query is that of a schoolboy and this is just one of many ...

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Monkey Bars – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Chris Goode (dialogues originated by Karl James) Director: Chris Goode Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby [Rating: 4.5] The opening image of Monkey Bars is of a man sat on a luminous white box singing to a plate of green jelly. Not long after another man walks on stage dressed in his underpants wearing a balaclava and blows up a red ...

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The Bear – Ovalhouse, London

Writer: Angela Clerkin Director: Lee Simpson Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] If you go down the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. And if you go down to the Ovalhouse Theatre in South London, you may not get a picnic but you’re sure of a curiously fascinating piece of theatre. The Bear comes from the intriguing mind of Angela ...

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