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Clear White Light – Live Theatre, Newcastle

Writer: Paul Sirett Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Chris Collett The main problem with Paul Sirett's Clear White Light is that it can’t decide what it wants to be. It's part mental health comedy-drama, part Gothic ghost story, part jukebox musical and part Corbyn-ist polemic on the dire state of the NHS. On their own, each of these elements have their own ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Director: Joe Douglas Writer: Mark Thomas Reviewer: Matt Forrest Mark Thomas has been performing stand-up comedy for 33 years. His shows have seldom deviated from a format whereby Thomas will take a story and recount it with him playing all the various characters - from activist to authority figure, freedom-fighter to slimy arms-dealer, Thomas would play them all. However, for ...

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The Arabian Nights – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

market traders in arabic dress

Writer: Suhayla El-Bushra Director: Joe Douglas  Reviewer: Emily Hall This December the Lyceum brings to life The Arabian Nights. Suhayla El Bushra’s original script isn’t the first musical rendition of the “Thousand and One Nights” folk stories but her take is nuanced and enchanting, perfect for children and dreamers alike. The show tackles modern themes of authoritarianism and freedom of ...

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Stand By – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Adam McNamara Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Daniel Cawley Stand By is an exceptionally well written and powerful piece of theatre from the pen of former police officer Adam McNamara, who reverently conveys to the audience the warts and all portrayal of the all too often hidden aspect of on the ground police work. By looking at the strength of ...

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Stand By – Army@TheFringe Summerhall, Edinburgh

man in police riot uniform

Writer: Adam McNamara Director:  Joe Douglas Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Four police officers sit in a riot van as a domestic dispute turns into a hostage situation that a negotiator is failing to resolve. The officers, and audience, have single-earpiece headphones, through which they’re kept informed about developments. It has all the ingredients for a tense, ticking clock, drama, but in trying ...

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The Red Shed – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Mark Thomas Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mark Thomas’ fringe award-winning The Red Shed is currently touring around the UK, including a three-night stop at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  The Red Shed is celebrating the Labour Club’s 50th Anniversary and Thomas takes the opportunity to recreate the club’s history at its shed in Wakefield.  The wooden red shed ...

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The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

cast the cheviot the stag and the black black oil

Writer: John McGrath Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Dundee Rep’s revival of John McGrath’s 7:84 masterpiece, The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil, received huge critical acclaim last year in its initial run. Driven by an exceptional demand by audiences the length and breadth of the country to see the piece for themselves, the Rep’s revival has ...

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Mark Thomas: The Red Shed – Everyman Theatre – Liverpool

mark thomas in the red shed traverse

Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Matt Forrest Mark Thomas has made a career out writing the wrongs of politicians, shaming major corporations and holding arms dealers to account for some of their nefarious actions. Previous shows include Trespass and 100 Acts of Minor Dissent, saw Thomas fighting the good fight and sticking it to ‘the man’. However his latest show, The ...

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