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Birdsong – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adapation: Rachel Wagstaff                       Directors: Alistair Whatley/Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Birdsong first opened in London’s West End in 2010 to much acclaim and subsequently, went on a UK tour from 2013-15.  Birdsong is currently embarking on another tour during 2018 and is stopping at many venues including York’s Theatre Royal. Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong (1993) is adapted for ...

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Birdsong – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff (adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks) Directors: Alastair Whatley and Charlotte Peters Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting: Alex Wardle Sound: Dominic Bilkey Reviewer: Janet Jepson Any mention of the First World War, otherwise known as the Great War, evokes in most people a sense of waste. All those young, often underage, innocent lives lost needlessly; swathes of ...

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The Wipers Times – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

Writers : Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Steve Turner Familiar to many from his television appearances and his editorship of Private Eye, it should come as no surprise that, Ian Hislop's The Wipers Times is shot through with satire, digs at authority and also a couple of more contemporary jabs at some familiar targets. Written together ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Fall Of Duty – Sweet Waterfront 2

Fall Of Duty

Writer: Alison Child Director: Rosie Wakley Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Behind The Lines Theatre presents Fall Of Duty, one of WINDOW 2017s ten shows selected for the Brighton Fringe’s arts industry showcase. Fall Of Duty follows Sue (Alison Child) and her 20-year-old son Jack (Harry Child) through the process of researching and making a show about actor Basil Hallam and entertainer ...

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Resurrecting the Shakespeare Hut – LSHTM, London

Writers: Garry Merry and Penelope Dimond Director: Gary Merry Reviewer: Maryam Philpott 2016 marks two important anniversaries, 400 years since the death of Shakespeare and 100 years since the Battle of the Somme; ways to mark both simultaneously are few and far between. On 11 August 1916, exactly a century ago, The Shakespeare Hut was opened on the site of ...

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Stony Broke in No Man’s Land – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer &Director: John Burrows Reviewer: Edie Ranvier “I can’t get the old job, can’t get the new/Can’t carry on as I used to do./I look around me and daily I see/Thousands and thousands of fellows/A lot worse off than me.” Duetted by David Brett and Gareth Williams on banjo and violin, the chorus from the popular 1921 (post-) war song ...

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Regeneration – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Pat Barker Adaptation: Nicholas Wright Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Gareth Davies A century of distance separates us from the outbreak of World War One, and this lens of retrospect allows us clarity to see not only the differences but also the startling similarities between Britain then and Britain now. It is apposite that this adaptation of Pat Barker's Regeneration ...

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Doctor Scroggy’s War – Shakespeare’s Globe

Writer: Howard Brenton Director: John Dove Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Innovation was a key part of the First World War and developments in machinery and battle techniques subjected men to more varied forms of human destruction. From poison gas to submarines, fighter aircraft to artillery shells, this raft of new weapons meant that death or injury could come at any time ...

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