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The Sweet Science of Bruising – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Joy Wilkinson Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Stephen Bates It could come as a surprise to many that, 143 years before Nicola Adams picked up her first Olympic Gold Medal, women’s boxing was already underway. Writer Joy Wilkinson delves into this little-known activity for her new play and uses it as the foundation for a startling, visceral account of ...

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The Mighty Walzer – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

The Mighty Walzer at The Royal Exchange Theatre

Writer: Howard Jacobson Adaptor: Simon Bent Director: Jonathan Humphreys Reviewer: Iain Sykes The Mighty Walzer, Howard Jacobson’s 1999 novel about a Jewish boy growing up in a North Manchester world of lust and table tennis, is finally brought to the stage for its world premiere in Simon Bent’s adaptation at the Royal Exchange. Living with his flamboyant big dreaming but ...

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The Rubenstein Kiss – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: James Phillips Director: Zoe Waterman Reviewer: Ann Bawtree James Phillips gripping play is based entirely on the real life story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, American citizens sent to the electric chair in the 1950s for giving away, or at least, conspiring to give away, secret scientific information to Russia. Set during the height of the cold war when ...

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Bad Jews – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Joshua Harmon Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Cultural diversity and preserving the traditions of the various elements of society is an important thing. But at the same time an ideal world would have people putting aside their differences and embracing inclusivity. Perhaps the two are not mutually exclusive but increased globalisation is both a way into recognising ...

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Bad Jews – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Joshua Harmon Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Claire Hayes A play set in the aftermath of a funeral promises heightened emotions, family discord and most likely a disputed inheritance. When the deceased is a Holocaust survivor and three of the four characters are his grandchildren, you can add the provocative potential of lacerating, darkly comic argument to the mix. Bad ...

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