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Clean Slate – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer: Catherine Chabot Adapted by: Vanessa Labrie and Kathleen Glynn Director: Deborah Kearne Reviewer: Maryam Philpott For many living in big cities, friends are the most important people in our lives; partners come and go, many Londoners can only see family a few times a year, but the people we surround ourselves with every day are the people we turn ...

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18-22, Attractive, Insecure – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writers: Bethan Leyshon and Elaine O’Dwyer Directors: Gráinne Byrne and Emily Cameron Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is a website called Casting Call Woe that catalogues all the ridiculous casting breakdowns for acting roles looking for young women. Such roles are usually underwritten, with any characterisation junked as quickly as the creators want their actresses to shed their clothes. Such indignities ...

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The Unlikely Life of Leonard Langley – The Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer: Teresa Zoers-Taylor Director: Ramiro Silveira Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Leonard Langley is a bit of a bad boy. Up in court for a charge of drink driving, the sentencing judge is so weary of seeing him, so tired of hearing “I couldn’t help it”, that she commits him to an experimental prison ship. Only, we know that Leonard really couldn’t ...

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Steel Tumbleweed – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Dan Dawes Reviewer: Heather Deacon New playwrights have been given an absolute wealth of new subjects (however familiar) to write about nowadays given all the tragedy, political chaos and despair of recent times. Dan Dawes’Steel Tumbleweed grasps this by using the Bridgend suicides of 2009 as a catalyst to address the desperation of the young today, as ...

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Bare – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writers: Kat Ronson, Steffanie Freedoff, Madeleine Dunne Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Our sense of self is constantly under attack. The pressure to look a certain way, fit in with the crowd and bend to external expectations is something a lot of women, and increasing numbers of men, struggle with. In a society seemingly obsessed with surface engagement, expressing anything deeper can ...

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The Damned United – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

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Writer: David Peace Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Rich Jevons Red Ladder’s take on David Peace’s seminal The Damned United, already made into a successful film, is less biopic than the movie, but rather explores the mindset of Brian Clough during his 44-day reign at Leeds United. Director Rod Dixon sees Clough as become a Greek or Shakespearean hero replete with ...

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Anna Karenina – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Jo Clifford, adapted from the novel by Leo Tolstoy Director:Ellen McDougall Lighting Design:Lizzie Powell Sound Design:Tom Gibbons Movement:Wilkie Branson Reviewer: Sue Collier Leo Tolstoy’s magnificent novel Anna Karenina has been presented more than twenty times on film. Now director Ellen McDougall presents a Royal Exchange Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production of Anna Karenina for the stage in a ...

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Little Sure Shot – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer/Composer: Lucy Rivers Director: Amy Leach Designer: Hayley Grindle Reviewer: Ron Simpson Annie Get Your Gun it ain’t, but Little Sure Shot is terrific fun – and a much more accurate account of the life of 19th century sharpshooter Annie Oakley than the great Irving Berlin musical. Lucy Rivers’ text takes us (with justifiable simplification) through her dirt-poor childhood, the ...

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