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They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Dario Fo Adapter: Deborah McAndrew Based on a translation by: Jon Laskin and Michael Aquilante Director: Conrad Nelson Designer: Jessica Worrall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Farce, in more than one sense, is a funny business. The 19th and 20th Century English and French farce tradition depended most often on outwardly respectable, probably middle-class characters embroiled in a situation that became incrementally ...

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INTERVIEW: Deborah McAndrew talks female writers, Corrie and They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!

A new adaptation of Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, a co-production between Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal, opens at York Theatre Royal in October. The Reviews Hub's Richard Hall caught up with writer Deborah McAndrew to talk about her experience of adapting this popular play and also her career as one of Britain’s most successful female playwrights. Finding fame ...

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Abducting Diana – Hens and Chickens Theatre, London

Writer: Dario Fo Director: Michael Ward Reviewer: Maryam Philpott With political theatre returning to the mainstream in the past year, it was only a matter of time before Dario Fo’s work was revived. With a particular focus on the failures of capitalism that ensures the poor are exploited to protect the rich, Fo’s extensive work over 60 years remains distinctiveness. ...

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Writer: Dario Fo Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Jo Beggs You could say that this is a timely revival. But, sad to say, there’s never been a time in over forty years of this play’s life that it hasn’t been topical. Written in response to the bungled interrogation of a bombing suspect in Milan, Dario Fo’s 1970 satire ...

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The Public Reviews 2014 Preview: Part III

And as we come to our final part of our 2014 preview of shows in and around the UK and Ireland we ask our regional editors in the North West, London, and along the South Coast what productions are getting them excited over the course of the year. Do you agree? What are you most looking forward to? Share your ...

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Peace Mom – Calder Bookshop + Theatre, London

Writer: Dario Fo and Franca Rame Director: Sergio Amigo Reviewer: David Ralf [rating:1.5] Peace Mom is a rare thing – a play with more writers than characters. It has three of the former, as it is based on the writings of Cindy Sheehan, whose widely reported protests articulated and coalesced anti-war and anti-Bush feeling in 2005. These writings, particularly in ...

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Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Dario Fo Adapted by: Bill Colvil And Robert Walker Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5] On a day when the news is full of reports about consumers facing spiralling food costs due to crop shortages, Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! seems suddenly topical. Fo’s 1974 farce may have originally poked fun at the Italian establishment but Bill ...

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