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Toast  – The Other Palace, London

Writer: Henry Filloux-Bennett Director:  Jonnie Riordan Reviewer:  Richard Maguire While not quite based on a recipe book, Toast is, instead, an adaptation of celebrity chef Nigel Slater’s autobiography of 2004. Of course, food and cooking are major themes of this play that has travelled from Salford via the Edinburgh Fringe, but Toast is more a nostalgic reflection of a 60s/70s childhood. ...

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The Unreturning – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Neil Bettles Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Scarborough, 1918. And 2013. And – soon. Three men are coming home. George and Frankie are soldiers, George a shell-shocked survivor of the trenches, Frankie a disgraced Afghanistan veteran. Nat is a refugee from a war-ravaged UK a few years hence which feels uncomfortably plausible, returning to look for his missing ...

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Nigel Slater’s Toast – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Henry Filloux-Bennett Director and choreographer: Jonnie Riordan Reviewer: Stephen Bates Back in the days when Michelin stars were a thing of the future for the UK and Fanny Craddock was teaching the nation to cook, a 12-year-old Nigel Slater was learning his craft by helping his Mum to make jam tarts and mince pies in her Wolverhampton kitchen. Now ...

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Toast – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Nigel Slater Adaptor: Henry Filloux-Bennet Director: Jonnie Riordan Reviewer: Matthew Forrest Over the last couple of weeks The Lowry has been hosting the unique cultural extravaganza Week 53.As the festival draws to a close, they have one last tasty morsel for our delectation: The world premiere of the stage adaptation of Nigel Slater’s memoirs, Toast. This is a classic ...

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Latitude Festival: Full Stop

Co-Directors:Neil Bettles and Gemma Fairlie Reviewer: Craig Barber All human life is here. The saying has been used countless times but it’s unlikely ever to have been applied to a bus stop. Asportrayed in Light The Fuses’ Full Stop though, it becomes an appropriate description. A London bus stop has been transported into the middle of Henham Park and in ...

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The Static – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Davey Anderson Director: Neil Bettles Reviewer: David Noble [rating:3.5] A 64-minute play about kinesis and dark thoughts becoming reality? Well that’s one way to describe The Static, Davey Anderson’s eccentric and at times baffling production depicting the story of Sparky: a Ritalin-using, Scottish teenager of 15 who is plagued by the demons in his head, but manages to acquire ...

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