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The Funeral Director – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Iman Qureshi Director: Hannah Hauer-King Reviewer: Jim Gillespie  The Funeral Director reaches the final stage of a month-long regional tour and plays to a packed auditorium at HOME’s Theatre 2. Iman Qureshi’s play has been garlanded with praise in its early incarnations, and arrives in Manchester with expectations high. Stated baldly, the premise for the drama could easily describe ...

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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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The Tempest – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Emma Boswell The Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre returns this summer, converted into a magical island in its staging of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Directed by the very talented artistic director of Storyhouse (and Cestrian) Alex Clifton, The Tempest explores the story of Prospero; the usurped Duke (or Duchess, in this production) of Milan, ...

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Swallows and Amazons – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Arthur Ransome Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Katie Posner Reviewer: Jo Beggs Just over a year after opening, Chester’s Storyhouse delivers its second fast-paced version of a classic children’s novel. Last Christmas saw Enid Blyton’sThe Secret Sevendeftly brought to the stage by Storyhouse Director Alex Clifton, and we get another helping of good clean fun in this perfectly pitched summer ...

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Glasgow Girls – Liverpool Playhouse

2017 UK Tour of The Glasgow Girls

Director/Composer: Cora Bissett Reviewer: John Roberts “Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie, O, what a panic’s in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi’ bickering brattle! I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee, Wi’ murd’ring pattle! In a post-Brexit state, the plight of the Glasgow Girls seems just as timely now as it was over a ...

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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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