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Noughts & Crosses – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Malorie Blackman Adaptor:  Sabrina Mahfouz Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Producers are unanimous in their belief in the dramatic potential of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crossesnovels. There has already been one stage adaptation and later this year there will be a TV version on the BBC. The story is set in an alternative reality where society is strictly ...

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Bullet Hole  – Park Theatre, London

Writer:  Gloria Williams Director:  Lara Genovese Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Bullet Hole may be an odd title for a play about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and throughout the duration of this 90-minute, three-hander,  bullet holes are never referenced. We’re left to decipher the title ourselves, and when the penny drops it’s devastating. Cleo is staying at Eve’s house, recovering from something that ...

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Distance – The Park Theatre, London

Writer: Alex McSweeney Director: Simon Pittman Reviewer: Maryam Philpott ‘Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK’ and writer Alex McSweeney has first-hand experience of the lasting effect that suicide has on an individual’s friends and family when five men he knew took their own lives in as many years. McSweeney channels these experiences into his ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty The Globe’s Summer of Love progresses – verve, wit and colour very much in abundance. Matthew Dunster’s creation takes us from the regular setting of Messina to Mexico in the early 20th Century. The revolución becomes the military backdrop for Don Pedro’s men as they come to Leonato’s house and with ...

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – The Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Alan Sillitoe Adaptor: Roy Williams Director: Marcus Romer Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:4.5] Loneliness is generally regarded as a curse – but for one person it is his one chance to be free.He is the eponymous long distance runner from Alan Sillitoe’s celebrated novel filmed in the early 60s with Tom Courtney as Colin Smith.Here playwright Roy Williams brings the ...

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The Loneliness of The Long Distance Runner

Writer: Roy Williams Director: Marcus Romner Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4] Half a century since that angry young man Alan Sillitoe saw his seminal story filmed. It’s all about class, that curse of British society – the disparity of opportunity, and of aspiration, between rich and poor, haves and have-nots. This is not a problem that has gone away, but society ...

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