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Airswimming – Rondo Theatre, Bath

Writer: Charlotte Jones Directors: Andy Cork and Emma Firman Reviewer: Claire Hayes  Here’s a shocking premise for a play; that women who don’t conform to convention should be shut away in an institution and left to decay. And yet, in early 20th Century Britain, this was too often their fate; from unmarried mothers to those who simply didn’t fit in, ...

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Airswimming – The Vaults, London

Writer: Charlotte Jones Director: Anthony Skuse Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty There’s a rotten history in the British Isles of squaring away the shameful family secrets. The moral imbeciles, the inverts, the unmarried mothers. In Ireland they had the catholic institutions doing the dirty work, hiding unmarried mothers and their children from right-thinking society for the vast majority of the 20th Century. ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Airswimming – Sweet Waterfront

Weird Sisters

Writer: Charlotte Jones Director: Stephanie Goodfellow Reviewer: Ruby Isla Cera Marle Airswimming is the tale of two best friends Dora and Persephone who refer to each other affectionally as Dorph and Porph who find themselves in St. Dymphna’s Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Spanning over fifty years, the pair meet to undertake their daily duty of polishing the stairs and ...

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Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis

Writer: Charlottte Jones Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis is the story of a Bolton dominatrix turning 50 and reviewing her life. As that might imply, it is a comedy. It took some minutes for the comic chemistry to connect between stage and audience, but once it did, it built steadily throughout the ...

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Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis – Hull Truck Theatre

Anna Wheatley and Isabel Ford in Martha Josie and the Chinese Elvis at Hull Truck Theatre. Photo: Andrew Billington

Writer: Charlotte Jones Director: Mark Babych Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson The standing ovation from a large part of the audience reflected the efforts of a talented, committed and wonderfully energetic cast in Mark Babych’s inventive production, but Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis remains a problematic, if entertaining, play. Originally staged in 1999 at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, ...

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