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Rotterdam – The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Jon Brittain Director: Donnacadh O'Briain Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Although Rotterdam has only recently started to tour, Jon Britain wrote the play some years ago. It would be great to report that the need to be tolerant of the wishes of other people- one of the themesof the play- has now been absorbed into our culture. Unfortunately, the homophobic attack suffered ...

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Rotterdam – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: Jon Brittain Director: Donnacadh O’Briain Reviewer: James Garrington New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has decided that it’s finally time to tell her parents that she’s gay. She drafts and redrafts – not an easy email to write, she’s been in this relationship for seven years without telling her parents back home, who she feels sure will disapprove. But ...

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Rotterdam – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Jon Brittain Director: Donnacadh O’Briain Reviewer: Selwyn Knight For most of us, where we live is a positive choice; for the characters in Rotterdam, however, their choice to live there has been one of a perceived necessity. They’re living there because there’s nowhere else they can see to go. As one character says, Rotterdam is a port, everything is ...

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Rotterdam – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Jon Brittain Director: Donnacadh O’Briain Designer: Ellan Parry Reviewer: Ron Simpson Rotterdam, winner of the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, is a strange mix of sitcom, genuinely moving scenes and serious consideration of issues of gender. It’s a tribute to both Jon Brittain and Donnacadh O’Briain that, for the most part, all these fit ...

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Rotterdam – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Jon Brittain Director:Donnacadh O’Briain Reviewer: Stephen Bates “Rotterdam is anywhere. Anywhere alone…” goes the Beautiful South song. To the three British expats in Jon Brittain’s play, first seen at Theatre 503 in 2015, the Dutch port city is a place where things are moved in and out and now they are all looking for the exit. Alice came to ...

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The Easter Rising And Thereafter – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

The Cast of Easter Rising at Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Christopher Bland Director: Donnacadh O’Briain Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   Amid the bunting and pageantry that has marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the Queen’s 90th birthday, another landmark has gone somewhat unnoticed in the public consciousness. Exactly a century ago last weekend, on Easter Monday 1916, around 1200 armed members of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish ...

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The Tempest – Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Donnacadh O'Briain Reviewer: Kris Hallett   Two of the Bard Of Avon’s works have opened in quick succession this week in Bristol. They are as different as chalk and cheese, Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory’s Hamlet is clear, crystalline and a little staid in its safety, Bristol Old Vic’s Theatre School is playful, sometimes enchanting, sometimes ...

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