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Losing Venice – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Jo Clifford Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Stephen Bates Marrying the styles of restoration comedy and 1950s absurdism, Paul Miller’s revival of Jo Clifford’s Losing Venice is a curious venture that feels out of place and out of time. The play premiered at the 1985 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where, perhaps, it passed as frivolous fun, but, put under harsher scrutiny ...

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War in America – New Parliament House, Edinburgh

man standing in courrtroom war in america edinburgh

Writer: Jo Clifford Director: Susan Worsfold Reviewer: Emily Hall Director Susan Worsfield has brought War in America  to life for the first time, over twenty years after it was written. Though the play was deemed “too offensive” for production in 1996, it is a striking anecdote to 2017, touching on issues of government corruption, political naiveté and chaotic leader transitions ...

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The House of Bernarda Alba – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Kathryn Hunter in House of Bernado Alba

Writer: Frederico Garcia Lorca Translator/Adaptor: Jo Clifford Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Lorca’s final play is brought to the Royal Exchange in a co-production with the disabled-led company Graeae in a stirring all-female production spearheaded by Kathryn Hunter. Hunter commanders the circular stage as the matriarch Bernarda who demands obedience from her household as she imposes an eight-year period ...

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The Gospel According To Jesus, Queen Of Heaven – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Jo Clifford Director: Susan Worsfold Reviewer: David Doyle The Gospel According To Jesus, Queen Of Heaven, written and performed by Jo Clifford, is a queer reimagining of Jesus Christ and his story and legacy. Taking the form of a sort of church service, the piece comprises of sermons, retellings of parables, as well as some communal rituals. It’s a ...

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Anna Karenina – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Jo Clifford, adapted from the novel by Leo Tolstoy Director:Ellen McDougall Lighting Design:Lizzie Powell Sound Design:Tom Gibbons Movement:Wilkie Branson Reviewer: Sue Collier Leo Tolstoy’s magnificent novel Anna Karenina has been presented more than twenty times on film. Now director Ellen McDougall presents a Royal Exchange Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production of Anna Karenina for the stage in a ...

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Anna Karenina – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Leo Tolstoy Adaptor: Jo Clifford Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Julia Taylor Leo Tolstoy’s novel, Anna Karenina,contains 848 pages- off-putting to any would-be reader. However, in presenting the stage version of this epic novel, translated and adaptedby Jo Clifford and featuring modern dress, the Royal Exchange Theatre have come up with a solution. In just two and a half hours ...

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Great Expectations- Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapter: Jo Clifford Director: Graham McLaren Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:5] Can this two-hour version of Great Expectations capture the feel and narrative thread of this great epic in so little time? Is it possible to put together a stage version that does not feel like a shallow imitation of the book? Here the answer is a resounding ...

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Great Expectations – Darlington Civic Theatre

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapter:Jo Clifford Music: Simon Slater Director: Graham McLaren Reviewer: Anna Ambelez [rating:4] A powerful, dark, disturbingly dominating set by Robin Peoples, confronts the audience on entering the auditorium. This is the room set for the wedding reception Miss Havisham (Paula Wilcox) never had, shrouded in years of cobwebs with the wedding cake left untouched as its centre ...

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