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Yvette – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

Writer/Performer: Urielle Klein-Mekongo Director: Gbolahan Obisesan Reviewer: Sam Lowe We are witnessing a future star in the arts industry, her name is Urielle Klein-Mekongo. China Plate present Yvette, a one-woman show with new music about societal pressures young girls face, a stolen childhood, and living with a perturbing secret. This is based on a true story. The central character Evie ...

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Random – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: Debbie Tucker Green Director:  Gbolahan Obisesan Reviewer: Rich Jevons Debbie Tucker Green's Random benefits from a script that combines the everyday with the sensational without giving up its gritty realism and compulsive drama. Yes, there is much tragedy here, but always complemented with the West Indians' nuclear family's sense of normality. Max Johns' set is made up of stacked-up ...

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Hansel and Gretel – The Place, London

Writer: Gbolahan Obisesan Choreographer: Vicki Igbokwe Reviewer: Maryam Philpott This Christmas seems to be a popular time to update and rework the Brothers Grimm. A fashion-forward take on Rumpelstiltskinopening at the Southbank earlier this week is now joined by Vicki Igbokwe’s African dance update of Hansel and Gretel at The Place in which the entire story is not just relocated but stretched ...

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The Fishermen – Derby Theatre

Writer: Gbolahan Obisesan from the book by Chigozie Obioma Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: James Garrington Near a small town in Nigeria, there is a river. It’s so polluted that the children are forbidden to fish there; by the river, there lives a madman who tells prophecies. Despite the ban, some children go fishing anyway – and when the madman predicts ...

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Yvette – Southbank Centre, London

Writer: Urielle Klein-Mekongo Director: Gbolahan Obiesan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A few days after International Women’s Day, the Women of the World Festival celebrates the strong and talented contribution of women around the world. One such women is Urielle Klein-Mekongo, performing her semi-autobiographical show Yvette which she began as part of her training East 15 Acting School. Now embarking on a ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Young Vic & Royal Court – Cuttin’ It

Adelayo Adedayo - Image: David Sandison

Writer: Charlene James Director: Gbolahan Obisesan Venue: The Little House Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   Cuttin’ It won the Alfred Fagon award for best new play and the George Devine award for most promising playwright for its author, Charlene James. Seeing it at a one-off performance in Latitude Festival’s The Little House, it is obvious why. Cuttin’ It, which tackles the ...

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Cuttin’ It – Young Vic, London

Adelayo Adedayo - Image: David Sandison

Writer: Charlene James Director: Gbolahan Obisesan Reviewer: Stephen Bates Migration across continents, whether forced or voluntary, may bring together very different cultures, but sometimes the contrasts are so stark that we have to question whether we can just stand by and accept customs that we see as alien. “Who are we to judge other countries, other faiths, other traditions?” we ...

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We Are Proud to Present… – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Jackie Sibblies Drury Director: Gbolahan Obisesan Reviewer: Stephen Bates Jackie Sibblies Drury has said that she had so little confidence that her play would ever be produced that she could not be bothered to find a short, snappy title for it. To explain, the full title is: We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, ...

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