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We Anchor in Hope – The Bunker Theatre, London

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Chris Sonnex Reviewer: David Guest Leading 18th century writer, Samuel Johnson, once said, “There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.” Whether you’re popping down to the local for a swift half, settling down for G&T and chat, joining the tribe to ...

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Mother Courage and Her Children- The Royal Exchange, Manchester 

Writer: Bertolt Brecht  Composer: Jim Fortune Adptor/Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Many people argue Mother Courage and Her Children is the best play of the 20thCentury but that doesn’t mean it is easy to watch. Author Bertolt Brecht regarded theatre as a means by which he could communicate his political views and treated niceties like set design, characterisation and even ...

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NEWS: 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting launches at London’s Young Vic

“To write a play is an act of bravery” Kwame Kwei-Armah announced at the official launch of the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting held at the Young Vic Theatre where he is the Artistic Director and Chair of this year’s judging panel. Bruntwood has launched the career of several of theatre’s rising stars including in the same year winners Anna ...

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The Unreturning – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Neil Bettles Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Scarborough, 1918. And 2013. And – soon. Three men are coming home. George and Frankie are soldiers, George a shell-shocked survivor of the trenches, Frankie a disgraced Afghanistan veteran. Nat is a refugee from a war-ravaged UK a few years hence which feels uncomfortably plausible, returning to look for his missing ...

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The Unreturning – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Neil Bettle Reviewer: James Eves War takes its toll on everyone it touches, no matter who you are or when you fight. It doesn’t discriminate and it does not hold back, and this is exactly what Anna Jordan’s production, The Unreturning very much succeeds in highlighting. We follow the stories of George, Frankie and brothers Nat ...

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Pop Music – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Have you ever heard a few bars of a song and been immediately transported back in time to your younger self, with all your youthful aspirations, emotions and insecurities to boot? G and Kayla have. During an evening at a wedding reception, Kayla and G meet and strike up a friendship ...

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Pop Music – Latitude, Theatre Arena

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Kris Hallett The Paines Plough gig theatre slot has become a little bit of a Latitude tradition. A hot new playwright writing an hour piece to a soundtrack that gets the crowds at Henham Park off their chairs and into the groove. Previously they have presented Sabrina Mahfouz’s With A Little Bit Of Luck ...

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Stay Happy, Keep Smiling – 53Two, Manchester

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Simon Naylor Reviewer: Andrea Allen On an evening where a good number of the smartphone-wielding audience have just received a news alert informing them that MI5 have declared the UK to be on its most critical terror alert to date, Stay Happy, Keep Smiling couldn’t seem closer to home. Bruntwood Prize-winning Anna Jordan’s play takes  the ...

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