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Kes – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: Barry Hines. Adapted for the stage by Robert Alan Edwards Director: Martin Leonard Reviewer: Sue Collier This 70-minute, one-act play is an adaptation of the powerful 1968 Barry Hines novel A Kestrel for a Knave. The story of 15-year-old Billy Casper is set in South Yorkshire. Billy’s life is lonely and bleak. He lives with his mother and adult ...

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Democracy – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Michael Emans Reviewer: Dominic Corr The Bundesadler; a Federal Eagle drapes the stage, a constant reminder of Europe's all too recent history. Just as the overbearing black eagle serves to remind the audience of this past, Michael Frayn's piece as a whole recapitulates a time many have omitted on these isles; post-war Germany. Adeptly constructed, if ...

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Democracy – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Michael Emans Reviewer: Harriet Brace A subtle, creeping thriller about the thin line between foes and allies, Democracy is several cleverly-crafted plays in one. From award-winning writer Michael Frayn, best known for his 1982 comedy Noises Off, the play follows the political rise and fall of Chancellor Willy Brandt and his cabinet colleagues as they attempt ...

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JB Shorts: 15 – Joshua Brooks, Manchester

A scene from JB Shorts 15

Writers: Diane Whitley, Lisa Holdsworth, Peter Kerry, Paul Coats, Trevor Suthers, Paul Mason &James Quinn Directors: Alice Bartlett, Rebecca Taylor, Chris Honer, Jack Lord, Sue Jenkins, James Quinn Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent JB Shorts are back with six new 15minute pieces from TV writers and local directors 15minutes proves to be the perfect amount of time to tell a short story ...

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Kiss Me Quickstep – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle Under Lyme

Production photo of Kiss Me Quick Step

Writer: Amanda Whittington Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Who knows what really goes on in a marriage?” Blackpool. The home of traditional British holidays and now the British Ballroom Championships. This new play by Amanda Whittington (well known for Be My Baby among others) isn’t about dancing at all. Directed by Theresa Heskins in a co-production with Oldham Coliseum, ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin This is a tale of two halves. In the first, King Leontes gets the vaguest hint that his pregnant wife, Queen Hermione, has cuckolded him and is carrying his best friend King Polixenes’ child. It festers into deep suspicion and eventually spirals into an obsession. An obsession that destroys the happiness ...

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The Winters Tale – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Conrad Nelson Designer: Dawn Allsopp Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Winter’s Tale is not an obvious choice for Northern Broadsides’ traditional style of bold and direct story-telling, being a play that gives up its secrets in the most indirect way, but Broadsides can be more subtle than most people think and have become ...

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The Mist in the Mirror – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Susan Hill Adaptor: Ian Kershaw Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Nicole Evans Billed as a gothic fireside thriller, Ian Kershaw’s theatrical take on Susan Hill’s book, The Mist in the Mirror, aims to unnerve its audience through innovative imagery and off-stage effects. Telling and reciting the story of James Monmouth, who was sent from England to Africa as a boy ...

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