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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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BRIGHTON FRINGE: GIANT – The Warren Main House


Artistic Director: Florence O’Mahony Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Rummaging around beneath cardboard boxes, fiddling through full clothes rails and investigating old ancient attics unearths this generational storm: GIANT – a physical, energetic and fast-paced story told by The Human Zoo Theatre Company. The fumbling ensemble of storytellers charm the audience into the world of Tommy, a young boy at a critical ...

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Peter Pan – Exeter Northcott

Writer: J.M Barrie Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest Neverland. The ticking crocodile. Wendy, John and Michael. Tinkerbell. Captain Hook. Peter Pan. The familiarity of these names and phrases to adults and children, even today, over a hundred years since the play first premièred is testament to the magic of J.M. Barrie’s creation. In their first recent solo venture, using ...

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Here I Belong – The Bike Shed, Exeter

Writer: Matt Hartley Director: Elizabeth Freestone Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Though the audience is seated in a cabaret style, Here I Belong is a traditional well-made play rather than immersive theatre (the only real bit of immersion is the slice of birthday cake the audiences is  given). Set in a Yorkshire village hall, Elsie (Beatrice Curnew) encounters various women over the ...

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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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Crushed Shells and Mud – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Ben Musgrave Director: Russell Bolam Reviewer: Stephen Bates Best described as an apocalyptic drama encased inside a coming of age story, Ben Musgrave’s new play is set against the backdrop of the panic that ensues when a mysterious, highly contagious disease strikes south-east England. The disease is referred to only as ”type 37 contamination”, but, as it is transmitted ...

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