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INTERVIEW: Luke Adamson has One Last Waltz

  Dementia is known as “the silent killer”. There are currently more than 520,000 people in the UK with Alzheimer’s disease and it’s estimated that, by 2015, that figure will almost double. Spurred on by personal contact with the condition, writer Luke Adamson is taking his play One Last Waltz on the road. He spoke to Paul Couch. So tell ...

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Trainspotting – Kings Head Theatre, London

Writer: Irvine Welsh Adapted for stage by: Harry Gibson Directors: Greg Esplin, Adam Spreadbury-Maher Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty   Glow sticks? Yes please. Not that there’s really a choice here. Walking into a room already filled with dry-ice, heavy bass and pilled-out ravers is the kind of thing that makes you really want a glow stick anyway. After the performance has ...

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Our Town – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: Thornton Wilder Composer: Jonathan Mastro Director: David Cromer Reviewer: Joanna Trainor   Life, love and death in the ordinary Grover’s Corners, David Cromer’s production of Our Town illustrates how much beauty there is in the simplicity of life. Miming, little scenery, ordinary clothes; everything about the piece is dressed down, and leaves you with a greater appreciation of being ...

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Free Fall – Pleasance Theatre, Islington

Writer: Vinay Patel Director: Bethany Pitts Reviewer: Joanna Trainor   Andrea is stood at the top of Dartford Bridge working up the courage to throw herself off, while toll booth worker Roland is just looking for someone to talk to. Suicide is an issue that has to be dealt with near perfectly for a performance about it to work, and ...

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Hello, Norma Jeane – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Dylan Costello Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Ann Bawtree   Giant Cherry Productions is a company set up with the express purpose, as the play’s programme says, “to bring a wave of new Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual productions to the global film, theatre and television scene”. It certainly fulfils it ambition in Hello Norma Jeane, although the homosexuality of one ...

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Lady Windermere’s Fan – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Linnie Reedman Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty   Conveniently for all concerned, this feels like a terribly modern play. Clearly this Oscar Wilde fellow had some talent, creating a piece of work that provides as incisive a look at contemporary society today as it did over 120 years ago when it was first performed. Adultery and jealousy are ...

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The House of Bernarda Alba – King’s Head Theatre,London

Writer: Federico Garcia Lorca (adapted by David Hare) Director: Scott Hurran Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Five daughters return from their father’s funeral in rural Spain to be told by their overbearing mother, Bernarda, that they will endure eight years of mourning. A tradition in her family, she states that the girls will not be permitted to leave and nothing will be ...

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Romeoand Juliet -Pleasance Theatre,London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Anna Simpson Reviewer: Ann Bawtree The Blue Crate Theatre company was formed by graduates of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2012 and was named after the only props they had for their first production. True to their origins this production is a prime example of how little a play has to depend upon its ...

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