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Reasons to Stay Alive –  Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Matt Haig Adaptor: April De Angelis Director: Jonathan Watkins Reviewer: Alice Hiley  Skillfully adapted by April De Angelis from the Matt Haig memoir of the same name, Reasons to Stay Alive tells the story of an author’s battle with anxiety and depression. In a nod to the book, the play is framed as a conversation between two actors playing ...

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Equus – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Alice Fowler Peter Shaffer’s masterpiece begins with a disturbing question: why has 17-year-old Alan Strang blinded six horses with a metal spike? Controversial when first performed in 1973, Equus retains its power to shock. English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East’s highly charged production explores the patient-psychiatrist relationship and asks: exactly what ...

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Equus – The Lowry, Salford

 Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Sam Lowe The late Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller, Equus, is still a notable play. It resonates with a modern audience, even though it was written in 1973. An English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East production, Equus is reinterpreted by award-winning theatre director, Ned Bennett. This is exceedingly visual, physical theatre combined with ...

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Othello – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Richard Twyman Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Othello is a plethora of impassioned emotions; hatred, fear, discrimination, jealousy, manipulation and prejudice, all the ingredients of a great night at the theatre? A Muslim General in a Christian country, Othello (Victor Oshin) marries Senator Brabantio’s (Christopher Bianchi) daughter Desdemona (Kitty Archer) secretly, leading to major repercussions. Othello promotes a ...

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Othello – Harrogate Theatre

Director: Richard Twyman Writer: Shakespeare Company: English Touring Theatre Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Beware, my lord, of jealousy… Othello. Just the name conjures up so many images in the minds of the audience. A savage heathen. A misunderstood sympathetic. A trusting fool turned violent by circumstance. Richard Twyman has chosen to direct his Othello as a secret Muslim, provoked to unleash ...

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The Weir – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Jim Gillespie 20 years since its first performance at the Royal Court Theatre, English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Colchester’s Mercury Theatre bring their own take on Conor McPherson’s drama to The Lowry in Salford. The play is set in rural Ireland, and the Irishness of its cosmology underpins the entire production. ...

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The Weir – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Conor McPherson Director:  Adele Thomas Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest In a tiny local pub, in the depths of rural Ireland, five people come together, drink and tell stories. Brendon, the young owner, stands and listens, while Jack and Jim, a cantankerous old sot and his more mild-mannered associate, trade barbs with Finbar, their wealthy, successful friend and sparring-partner. Completing the ...

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The Weir – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Designer: Madeleine Girling Lighting: Lee Curran Composer/Sound: Richard Hammarton Reviewer: Ron Simpson There’s this Irishman goes into a pub. He can’t find the barman and the draught Guinness is off, so he opens a bottle and goes to put the money in the till, then the barman enters….and, as the evening goes on, two ...

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