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In Limbo – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writers: SevenArc Productions  Director: Georgie Staight  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It's always something of a surprise to see Frank Capra’s It's a Wonderful Life hover near the top of any list of all-time great Christmas movies. While the closing scenes of James Stewart running through the streets of Bedford Falls towards his family is indeed a heartening one, for the most part ...

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A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Jon Brittain Composer: Matthew Floyd Jones Director: Alex Mitchell Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) burst on the scene to enthusiastic reviews and an award or two at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. Now the Hull-based theatre company, Silent Uproar, is taking it on an extensive national tour of mostly one- and two-nighters. Wakefield ...

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Original Death Rabbit – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Rose Heiney  Director: Hannah Joss  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman At several points in Rose Heiney’s blackly funny Original Death Rabbit, the typical trying-to-be-sympathetic view of mental health issues is punctured. The concerned expression, eyes to the floor, acknowledging how seriously we need to take other people’s mental health, tied with the unspoken belief that such things only deserve to befall other ...

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The Distance You Have Come – Cockpit Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Scott Alan Director: Scott Alan Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Scott Alan’s songwriting has a definite cachet among musical theatre cabaret performers. His pensive, yearning ballads provide a great opportunity for a singer to emote and demonstrate emotional depth as part of their set. A whole evening of such numbers, though, can risk monotony. There’s an earnestness to ...

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The Room At The Top Of The House – HOME, Manchester

Director: Michael Woodhall and Alice Dale Reviewer: Jo Beggs Lincoln-based theatre company Stand By bring their 2017 Edinburgh Fringe show to Manchester as part of HOME’s Incoming Festival, a programme of work by emerging theatre companies from across the UK. The Room At The Top Of The House is a short piece of physical theatre that explores how a family ...

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Late Company – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Jordan Tannahill Director: Michael Yale Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If you were a couple whose teenage son had died, perhaps the last thing you would do is to invite one of the classmates that had bullied him to suicide and his parents for a conciliatory meal. Perhaps they do restorative justice differently in Canada. Jordan Tannahill’s taut and moving play, ...

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Debris – Derby Theatre

Deviser: Louise White Reviewer:  Hannah Powell At first glance,  Debris appears to be a comedic interpretation of someone’s journey through depression, but as the show progresses it becomes much more than just that. It attacks the root of depressions through the first-hand experiences of the creator, Louise White. One might suspect that it might make a mockery of mental illness without ...

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