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Misty – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Arinzé Kene Director: Omar Elerian Reviewer: Stephen Bates Arinzé Kene’s 2017 play good dog established the writer as an astute commentator on modern urban tensions, with his narrator positioned on a balcony above a busy street, observing the comings and goings beneath him. Here, the writer gets down and dirty, rummaging around working-class London as if to search for ...

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An Adventure – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Vinay Patel Director: Madani Younis Reviewer: Joanna Trainor “So pick me Jyoti and I swear I will make us the greatest adventure you ever have.” Jyoti has to decide who’s joining her for the adventure of her life before she’s old enough to even decide what she wants to do with it. She is sassy as all hell though. Big ...

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Jellyfish – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Ben Weatherill Director: Tim Hoare Reviewer: Stephen Bates How do perceived misfits find their place in our society? Ben Weatherill’s gentle comedy looks bravely into sensitive issues by challenging preconceptions and prejudices, while serving up a fair number of good laughs in the process. Sarah Gordy gives a remarkably confident and mature performance as Kelly, a 27-year-old woman who ...

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Leave Taking – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Winsome Pinnock Director: Madani Younis Reviewer: Richard Maguire Leave Taking was first produced in 1987, and yet parts of it are eerily contemporary. In this play about first and second generation immigrants from Jamaica, one character exclaims he is worried that he may be deported as his papers may not be in order despite the fact that he is a ...

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The B*easts  – The Bush, London

Writer: Monica Dolan Director: John Hoggarth Reviewer: Richard Maguire It may take a while to understand the point of the asterisk in the title of this show, but once you’ve figured it out, it gives you a clear clue to what this play is about. Even in 2018, the word is still considered by some to be a dirty word, ...

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The Believers Are But Brothers – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Javaad Alipoor Directors: Kirsty Housley & Javaad Alipoor Reviewer: Stephen Bates “Keep your mobile ‘phones ON and keep them on LOUD” we are instructed, thereby making this different from any normal visit to the theatre before even leaving the foyer. But Javaad Alipoor’s hour-long show/presentation/lecture is anything but a normal visit to the theatre. Alipoor’s topic is radicalisation. Heard and ...

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Parliament Square – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: James Fritz Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the political whirlwind of the last two years, the value of individual protest seems to be even more pertinent than when James Fritz won the Bruntwood Award for Playwriting in 2015. Whether it’s one victim being the first to speak publicly about enduring sexual misconduct that inspires other complainants, or ...

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Parliament Square – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: James Fritz Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Jay Nuttall With Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre on the verge of announcing its shortlist for the 2017 Bruntwood Playwrighting Prize, it has taken two years for the fruits of one of the winners from 2015 to grace the main stage. James Fritz’s Parliament Square was, admittedly from the writer himself, hastily written before ...

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