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The Fishermen – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Chigozie Obioma Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Maryam Philpott As the cream of this year’s Edinburgh shows begin the transfer process to London, a 2018 favourite makes its West End debut. Chigozie Obioma’s 2015 novel The Fishermen made the Booker Prize shortlist and was adapted for the stage three years later by Gbolahan Obisesan premiering in Manchester before a month-long stint ...

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The Fishermen – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Chigozie Obioma Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A show that transfers from the Edinburgh Festival can look very different in the harsh London glare, but there are some that remain a bit special. In 2015 Chigozie Obioma published his debut novel about prophecy and family catastrophe, and director Jack McNamara immediately saw its potential, recruiting Gbolahan Obiesan to ...

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Darkness Darkness – Nottingham Playhouse

Jonathan Woolf and Simone Saunders. in Darkness Darkness

Writer: John Harvey Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Phil Lowe In a first time co-production between Nottingham Playhouse and New Perspectives, crime writer John Harvey takes his popular Detective Inspector Resnick from his novel Darkness Darkness and places him fair and square on the Nottingham Playhouse main stage in a dark, gripping and moody adaptation. This is the second play in ...

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The Tiger’s Bones and Other Stories – Polka Theatre, London

Writer: Ted Hughes Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Ted Hughes’ poetry – dark, brooding, carnal, often brutal – is some of the most adult stuff in the British canon. But he was a children’s author too, most famously writing the widely loved and troubling The Iron Man. Now London’s favourite children’s theatre the Polka is staging a triplet of ...

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Hood – the legend continues – Nottingham Theatre Royal

Writers: Andy Barrett, Tim Elgood, James Graham, Laura Lomas, Mufaro Makubika, Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Phil Lowe As part of the Nottingham Theatre Royal’s celebration of 150 years existence seven local theatre writers – experienced playwrights plus other exciting new and proven talents – have been commissioned to bring about Hood – the legend continues, ...

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Playland – Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Athol Fugard Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: David Tickner Playland is one of Athol Fugard’s most personal yet least performed plays, and New Perspectives is to be commended in taking it on tour around our region. The action takes place late on New Year’s Eve, 1989, in a shabby corner of a travelling amusement park. The atmosphere is immediately conveyed ...

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Theatre On A Long Thin Wire – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Marina Spark Summerhall is hosting the intriguing showTheatre On A Long Thin Wireby Future Ruins.It uses no actors, no set and no tech. It is simply the audience and a telephone placed on a chair in a room. The room chosen by Future Ruins is a relatively soulless, small loft space. Inevitably the phone on the ...

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The Boss of it All – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Lars von Trier Adaptor/Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Being the boss can be great; everyone likes to be in charge – you can delegate all your work, tell people what to do and secretly enjoy it when your team are a little bit scared of you. And when you decide to be generous and send them home early ...

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