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The Trial of Jane Fonda – The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Writer: Terry Jastrow Director: Terry Jastrow Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It was one of the most controversial photographs of the Vietnam War, a laughing Jane Fonda astride an anti-aircraft gun surrounded by North Vietnamese troops, an image which, four decades later still provokes a vehement reaction from US veterans. Screen-writer Terry Jastrow’s new playThe Trial of Jane Fonda, aims to present ...

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On Golden Pond – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Writer: Ernest Thompson Director: Ria Parry Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage [Rating: 4.5]   From the gentle sounds of the welcoming birds to the black flies flitting around in the morning sun, Salisbury Playhouse’s current production of Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond directed by Ria Parry takes the audience on a tender journey into old age. The auditorium is delightfully transformed into ...

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Driving Miss Daisy – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Alfred Uhry Director: David Esbjornson Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:3.5] Follow 25 years of American civil rights progress and 25 years of a deep, mutual, friendship developing in Driving Miss Daisy at Theatre Royal, Plymouth. This charming and thoughtful play starts in 1948. This is the year in which the American government first acknowledged calls to ban discrimination in the ...

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Driving Miss Daisy – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Writer: Alfred Uhry Director: David Esbjornson Reviewer: Nicole Evans [Rating:5] The year is 1948. Daisy Werthan has had yet another minor car accident and her son, Boolie, is insisting on hiring her a chauffeur. Reluctantly she agrees, but while trying to convince herself she is not prejudiced, she still refuses to hire “a coloured”. Taking place over nearly three decades, ...

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Driving Miss Daisy – The Derby Theatre

Writer: Alfred Uhry Director: David Esbjornson Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:5] Many people will be aware of, and have probably seen, the 1989 Oscar-winning film of Driving Miss Daisy, and may be wondering how it will translate to the stage. In fact, this is a semi-autobiographical play written by Alfred Uhry in 1987 that was translated to the cinema. Set in ...

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Driving Miss Daisy – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Alfred Uhry Director: David Esbjornson Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] Set in Atlanta in the 1950s and 60s, Driving Miss Daisy is a cleverly written and heartfelt piece about the relationship between two seemingly opposite characters thrown together by circumstance. Daisy Werthan, an affluent Jewish woman, is battling to maintain her independence as she grows older and is no longer ...

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Of Mice and Men – The Watermill, Newbury

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Carol Evans [rating:4]   In Of Mice and Men, the Watermill has delivered a gritty drama that gives a powerful insight into the lonely and hopeless existence of common workpeople trying to eke out a living during the Great Depression. Set in 1930s America, its main focus is the unlikely but deep friendship ...

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