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The Mikvah Project – The Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer:  Josh Azouz Director: Georgia Green Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Of all the directors from St Mary’s University presenting work at the Directors’ Festival at the Orange Tree, Georgia Green’s vision seems brightest, turning the stage into a mikvah, a Jewish bathhouse. Here Jewish people immerse themselves in the water to achieve ritual purity, and here, in Josh Azouz’s play, two ...

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Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography – The Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Declan Greene Director: Gianluca Lello Reviewer: Richard Maguire With such a cracking title, it’s comes as a surprise that Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography feels so familiar. Two lonely people find company in each other, and what follows is half romcom, half thriller. Playing as part of the Directors’ Festival at the Orange Tree Theatre, Gianluca Lello has definitely ...

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Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes – The Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Tiago Rodrigues Director: Wiebke Green Reviewer: Richard Maguire Fans of The Wizard of Oz may want to stay away from this nasty rework of the iconic film. In Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes, a coming-of-age drama from Portugal, Judy Garland reappears as a foul-mouthed teddy bear, and instead of tin men and cowardly lions our heroine ...

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Pilgrims – The Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Elinor Cook Director: Ellie Goodall Reviewer: Richard Maguire Pilgrims is playing as part of the Directors’ Festival where Masters students from St Mary’s University in Twickenham train for a year at the Orange Tree Theatre culminating in an eight-day showcase of four one-hour plays. Ellie Goodall gets to direct Pilgrims, a modern day tale of adventurers and the women ...

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In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises)  – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer:  Nina Segal Director:  Evangeline Cullingworth Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The first few minutes of this show are spent in total darkness as we hear the cries of a newborn baby, only broken by rapid breathing as the baby gathers its strength to continue its deafening onslaught. Is the baby in pain, or is it punishing its parents for bringing it ...

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Precious Little Talent – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Dominique Chapman Reviewer: Richard Maguire If the directors taking part in the Directors’ Festival at The Orange Tree are the future of theatre, then we can expect some exciting times ahead. In the hands of Dominique Chapman, Precious Little Talent, a fast, fast-talking comedy about transatlantic relations, shines as bright as New York’s Chrysler Building.  On a rooftop in the city that never sleeps, 19-year-old Sam meets, improbably, an ...

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Katie Johnstone – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Samson Hawkins Reviewer: Richard Maguire If only all new directors had the energetic vision of Samson Hawkins. He directs Luke Barnes’ new play, Katie Johnstone, as if it were an Olympic sport. His actors are athletes in this precise, tight production. And despite all the mess on stage, it’s as clean as a referee’s whistle.  Katie Johnstone is part of the Directors’ Festival running at the ...

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