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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Drip Feed – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Karen Cogan Director: Oonagh Murphy Reviewer: David Keane Brenda has made a few dubious choices. These often involve alcohol and Olivia. Olivia is Brenda’s ex-girlfriend, though Brenda struggles to accept the ‘ex’ prefix, even if it has been years. Rifling through someone else’s recyclable rubbish was never part of the plan, yet here she is. Comforted through the toughest ...

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Gypsy Queen – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Rob Ward Director: Adam Zane Reviewer:  Katherine Kirwin Two fighters command the stage in separate spotlights and rush forth a spoken word style monologue; one is ‘Gorgeous George’ a scrappy Northern Catholic bare-knuckle fighter and the other is Dean ‘The Pain’ Clayton who is part of a boxing dynasty with greatness lying before him. When there are doubts about ...

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The Boys in the Band – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Matt Crowley Director:  Adam Penford Reviewer:  Stephen M Hornby The auditorium is pumped full of a medley of the divas of yesteryear; black and white portraits of the women are hung in perfect composition on the rear wall of a flat straight out of Mad Men;  a sudden burst of sound and swirling lights signals a move back in ...

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Jumpers for Goalposts – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Toms Wells Director: Chris Lawson Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Tom Wells’ hugely engaging Jumpers for Goalposts blasts its way into the Oldham Coliseum with flair and grace and a story that cannot fail to resonate. The squad of Barely Athletic invite us in to the world of post-match team talks about football, love, loss, relationships, hopes and dreams and most ...

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Kenny Morgan – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Mike Poulton Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Since the centenary celebrations of Terence Rattigan’s birth in 2011 his plays have enjoyed something of a resurgence in London. Next week the latest of these opens at The National Theatre, The Deep Blue Sea, starring Helen McCrory, but Rattigan’s fiction was based on real life events, and in a perfectly timed opening ...

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I Am Not Myself These Days – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Tom Stuart in drag as Aqua Disiac

Adaptor: Tom Stuart Writer: Josh Kilmer-Purcell Director: Nick Bagnall Choreographer: Ann Yee Reviewer: Lucy Corley   Why are not more people making theatre like this? I Am Not Myself These Days is difficult to describe – like its leading lady, the show doesn’t conform to any standards of ‘normal’, so words do not really do it justice. Adapted by actor ...

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Four Play – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Jake Brunger Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Stephen Bates   To be faithful or not to be faithful? This is the question that has troubled characters created by many writers over the years. Does monogamy come naturally to the human race? Is it possible to maintain a loving relationship while, at the same time, having dalliances with others? Jake Brunger’s ...

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INTERVIEW: Nina Hajiyianni living Happily Ever After

From decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK in 1967, through queer-bashing in the 1970s, the enactment of Section 28 in the 1980s, to the sanction of same-sex marriage in 2014, the portrayal of LGBTQ people has had a turbulent history. Paul Couch spoke to Action Transport Theatre’s Artistic Director, Nina Hajiyianni, about her new show for primary school-age children in ...

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