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London Film Festival – Us Among The Stones

Writer and Director: Dictynna Hood Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A dysfunctional family gather for a birthday party to finally reveal all the dark secrets that for reasons no one can fathom have never been revealed before at any number of parties the family have previously attended together. So goes the oh so standard narrative treatment which Dictynna Hood applies to her ...

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Love – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Janet Etuk as Emma in LOVE

Writer and Director: Alexander Zeldin Reviewer:  George Atwell Gerhards Alexander Zeldin’s Love, which pitches its tent in Birmingham after a critically acclaimed short run in London, is about many things. It’s about temporary accommodation and the housing crisis. It’s about adjusting to the small things when you have the roof over your head taken away from you. But most significantly, ...

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Love – National Theatre, London

Writer and director: Alexander Zeldin Reviewer: Stephen Bates As Tina Turner once asked “what’s love got to do with it?”, and it takes a long time for it to dawn why Alexander Zeldin chose to give the title Love to his play about a loveless society. When we hear of homelessness at Christmas, we may think of people sleeping rough who we risk falling ...

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Pastoral – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Steve Marmion Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   “England’s green and pleasant land”, an image that conjures up images of idyllic rural settings and peaceful countryside pursuits. For Thomas Eccleshare’s Pastoral, winner of the 2011 Verity Bargate Award, however, the idyll is something much darker and threatening. In the city, green shoots breaking through shop fronts hint ...

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In the Republic of Happiness – Royal Court, London

Writer: Martin Crimp Director: Dominic Cooke Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:3] Could this be Christmas yet to come? Six family members sit round the festive board, grimly sporting paper hats. Wine flows, but gloom descends before they decide to break open the box of light bulbs and screw them in. Silence, significantly, at first, then some brutal home truths. Though we ...

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