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Chiaroscuro – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Jackie Kay Director: Lynette Linton Reviewer: Miriam Sallon The final play in the Bush Theatre’s ‘Passing the Baton’ initiative, and the first for Lynette Linton as artistic director, Chiaroscurobrings four women of various origin stories together to battle through the ever-daunting question of identity; of self-discovery or, indeed, self-invention. Through a combination of song and spoken word, each character ...

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Jellyfish – Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, London

Writer: Ben Weatherill Director: Tim Hoare Reviewer: Scott Matthewman While the Dorfman Theatre is much the smallest of the National’s three stages, it can still be a struggle to make it seem as intimate as some of London’s smaller theatres. For a story of deeply personal relationships as Ben Weatherill’s Jellyfish, it means the cast – and the rest of ...

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Rust – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Kenny Emson Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: Richard Maguire A play about a couple having an affair may not promise the most exciting evening at the theatre, and unfortunately Rust, a new two-hander at the Bush, only proves this. Despite some stellar acting, Rust has very little to report on the state of extramarital affairs. In what may be the ...

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Strange Fruit – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Caryl Phillips Director: Nancy Medina Reviewer: Stephen Bates With news of immigration injustices still fresh in the mind and with the National Theatre’s current adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel, Small Island, having thrown fresh light on them, there is a timely feel to Caryl Phillips’ intense drama. Set in the 1980s, the play examines how the Marshall family, a ...

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Class – Bush Theatre, London

Writers and Directors: Iseult Golden and David Horan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the years since the introduction of the National Curriculum teaching has become less focused on imparting knowledge and inspiring learning, and instead is entirely about boundaries. Balancing the complex relationships with parents, social workers and others is now just as important as engaging with pupils which means the ...

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Going Through  – The Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Estelle Savasta Director:  Omar Elerian Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The Bush is one of the most socially conscious theatres in London, always tackling contemporary issues, and is never afraid of asking difficult questions. It, therefore, comes as a surprise that Going Through, a play about deafness and migration doesn’t quite hit the mark. Nour lives with a woman she wishes ...

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The Trick – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Eve Leigh  Director: Roy Alexander Weise  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As we get older, the loss of loved ones becomes a tragic inevitability. And yet at the same time, we’re never quite as prepared as we could be. There are points in Eve Leigh’s new play The Trick where it looks as if such events might take a well-worn theatrical ...

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And the Rest of Me Floats – Bush Theatre, London

Devisors: Outbox Theatre Director: Ben Buratta Reviewer: Stephen Bates One by one, seven people each brimming over with attitude, make their way from all corners of the theatre to a seat on the stage. They face the audience, staring with curiosity, as the audience stares back with at least equal curiosity. So begins And the Rest of Me Floats, Outbox ...

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