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The Undefinable – Camden People’s Theatre, London

Writers/Directors: Shamira Turner and Eugénie Pastor Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The way in which romantic relationships are pigeon-holed is the focus of this anarchic performance by She Goat, aka performers Shamira Turner and Eugénie Pastor. The duo perform as hosts of a garage radio station – basically a podcast with phone-in callers – who discuss the undefinable nature of relationships, both ...

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical – The Lowry, Salford

Book and Lyrics: Timothy Mason Music: Mel Marvin Additional Music and Lyrics: Albert Hague & Dr Seuss UK Director: Matt August Reviewer: Matthew Forrest Christmas at The Lowry is usually a little bit special; they always go for something fresh and a little different: usually shunning the traditional pantomime for a family favourite, it has not always been festive, but ...

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Goldilocks & The Three Bears – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Allan Stewart & Alan McHugh Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Dominic Corr How on earth have we arrived at Panto season again? Nary a month ago it felt as though Beauty & The Beast was playing at The King’s Theatre in Edinburgh, and now with tremendously happy crowds, our favourite trio returns to the stage once more. Yes, folks, not ...

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One Million Tiny Plays About Britain – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Craig Taylor Director: Laura Keefe Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Craig Taylor’s short vignettes of modern life first appeared as a column in The Guardian, and were later collected into a book. In 2016, director Laura Keefe selected several of the published sketches and created an evening of entertainment for the Watermill Theatre in Newbury. Reviving that same work at the ...

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The Tragical History of Dr Faustus – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Adaptor: Kerry Frampton & Ben Hales Director: Kerry Frampton Splendid Productions have a mission; to entertain and educate, and on the basis of tonight’s performance and judging by the reaction of the mainly teenage audience, they did both. Taking the near 450-year-old play The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, ...

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Murder Ballads – Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester

Writer: Gerry Smyth Director: Ellie Hurt Adapted from the Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Reviewer: Matt Forrest According to one internet source the body count on the 1996 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Murder Ballads is 76. A high body count for even the bloodiest of horror films, let alone a near hour long ...

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Clybourne Park – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Bruce Norris Director: Michael Emans Reviewer: Dominic Corr The world never really changes, does it? The balance of offence, acceptance and hate simply shifts – given time, it will no doubt shift back. In a turbulent time, opinions which lay dormant are now unearthing themselves. Shifting from a culture in which the first black man was sitting in the ...

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What’s in a Name? – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writers: Matthieu Delaporte & Alexandre de la Patellière’s Adapter, Translator & Director: Jeremy Sams Designer: Francis O’Connor Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière’s 2010 play Le Prénom was a hit of such magnitude it spawned not only a big screen French version in 2012 but a German film incarnation in 2018. Jeremy Sam’s translation, What’s in ...

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