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Pepper & Honey – Derby Theatre

Writer: Kristina Gavran Director: Tilly Branson Reviewer: Hannah Powell What does home mean for those whose lives are left precariously in the balance by looming post-Brexit Britain? Notnow Collective present the premiere of their new one-woman show Pepper & Honey on the day after the UK was planned to leave the European Union. Twelve Years, Seven rented apartments, Five jobs, and three different ...

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Noughts and Crosses – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Malorie Blackman Adaptor: Sabrina Mahfouz Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Michael Gray This ambitious new adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Malorie Blackman’s seminal Young Adult dystopian masterpiece has a tough job on its hands; It has to make the story accessible and immediate to those who’ve read the books and those who haven’t. A whole alternative society, divided, we quickly ...

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Rain Man – Derby Theatre

Writer: Dan Gordon Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Andrew Houghton Beloved 80’s classic Rain Man is thrilling audiences on its current theatrical tour and while the production provides an entertaining introduction to those unfamiliar with the tale, it is clear that fans of the original film starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman are the true target audience of this piece. Instantly recognisable ...

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The Fishermen – Derby Theatre

Writer: Gbolahan Obisesan from the book by Chigozie Obioma Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: James Garrington Near a small town in Nigeria, there is a river. It’s so polluted that the children are forbidden to fish there; by the river, there lives a madman who tells prophecies. Despite the ban, some children go fishing anyway – and when the madman predicts ...

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Birdsong – Derby Theatre

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff from the book by Sebastian Faulks Directors: Alistair Whatley and Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Dave Smith Sebastian Faulks’ 1993 novel is something of a modern classic and this stage adaptation, originally seen at the Comedy Theatre in 2010, is now being brought to a wider audience via a major national tour timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ...

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Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok – Derby Theatre

Writer: In-Sook Chappell Director: Jennifer Tang Reviewer: James Garrington There is a Chinese story about a man who decided to build a road even though there were two mountains in his way. When people pointed out that he would be unable to level the mountains in his lifetime, replied that he can’t, but after him there’ll be his children, and his children’s ...

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Reasons to Be Cheerful – Derby Theatre

Book: Paul Sirett Music & Lyrics: Ian Dury and the Blockheads Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Dave Smith Like many UK acts that emerged in the late 1970s that were different to the family-friendly pop or bland disco that had previously dominated the charts, Ian Dury and the Blockheads were labelled as punk or new wave. Yet Ian Dury had been a ...

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Wonder Woman: The Naked Truth – Derby Theatre Studio

Devised by The Notnow Collective Director: Hannah Silva Reviewer:  Hannah Powell In a comedic and honest representation of the challenges of motherhood, from public shaming to those moments where you are forced to choose between your child and your career. The Notnow Collective open the audience’s eyes to 21st-century parenthood. all centred around a question: Can we soothe our babies and ...

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