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Tumulus – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Christopher Adams  Director: Matt Steinberg  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The chemsex party scene – combinations of drug-taking and sex, which can go on for days at a time – is a growing problem among some sections of London’s gay male subculture. As a result, a number of fringe plays have set themselves in and around such a scene. For the ...

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Love and Information – Crucible Studio, Sheffield

Writer: Caryll Churchill Director: Caroline Steinbeis Designer: Max Jones Reviewer: Sheila Stratford The regional premiere of Love and Information, at the Crucible Studio, has a cast of six actors to perform over 100 characters. It was first performed at the Royal Court in 2012 with a cast of 16 actors. British playwright Caryll Churchill’s play is experimental and challenging. Sheffield ...

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Disco Pigs – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Cathal Cleary Reviewer: David Jobson Enda Walsh, a prolific Irish playwright, is well known for helping to adapt the film Once into a musical. His plays, though, verge towards absurdist comedy, and it is no different with this revival of one of his earliest works, Disco Pigs. Still, it’s a play worth reviving to explore today’s ...

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The Brink – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Brad Birch Director: Mel Hillyard Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Nick is not sleeping well. Every night he is woken by the same nightmare that the school at which he teaches is blown to smithereens and he himself is splattered into a million little pieces. The dreams lead him to the brink of extreme anxiety and then the discovery that ...

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So Here We Are – HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh

Writer: Luke Norris Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Southend and the Thames Estuary are proving to be fertile hunting grounds for HighTide. A couple of years ago Vickie Donoghue’s Mudlarks explored the desire of Essex youth to escape the confines of the estuary and now Luke Norris’ So Here We Are also looks at a trapped generation. For ...

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AHandfulofStars – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Billy Roche Director: Paul Robinson Reviewer:Andy Moseley Another day, another production with publicity material that places undue emphasis on the presence of a former soap operastarin its cast. In this case thestarin question is also a member of Boyzone making his West End debut, but all the same it shouldn’t be the main talking point, and it’s unfortunate that ...

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A Handful of Stars – Theatre503, London

Writer: Billy Roche Director: Paul Robinson Reviewer: Nichola Daunton A revival of Billy Roche’s 1988 play, A Handful of Stars at Theatre503 provides the launch pad for ex-Boyzone member Keith Duffy’s stage career. Roche, an Irish playwright who has set the majority of his plays in the town of Wexford where he was born and still lives to this day, ...

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Our Country’s Good – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Max Stafford- Clark Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating: 5] “We left our country for our country’s good” In 1988 director Max Stafford- Clark read Thomas Keneally’s novel The Playmaker and decided to adapt it into a play. Based on real-life events, the book, set in 1871, charts the production of Australia’s first stage play, The Recruiting Officer. ...

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