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Cathy – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Adrian Jackson Writer: Ali Taylor Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald To commemorate 50 years since the release of Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home and on their 25th anniversary, Cardboard Citizens theatre company revive Ali Taylor’s Cathy. After an unexpected visit from her new landlord, Cathy quickly finds herself possessing only the clothes she has stuffed in the bag carried by her ...

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Cathy – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

woman clearly upset poiting at someone out of shot

Writer: Ali Taylor Director: Adrian Jackson Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Inspired by Ken Loach’s seminal 1966 film Cathy Come Home and reimagined for the present day, Ali Taylor’s Cathy tells the story of a hard-working mum’s descent into destitution and homelessness, and of a system that seems to work against her rather than for her benefit. The eponymous Cathy (Cathy Owens) ...

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Dave Johns: I, Fillum Star – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

man in donkey jacket and black woollen hat

Reviewer: Matthew Farnham Dave Johns spent 30 years as a stand-up comic and just found fame, as a film star. John’s tell us the story of how a circuit comedian ended up in one of the worlds most revered and socially active films of 2016. With his Geordie accent and skilled story telling, Johns weaves through the unlikely tale of how ...

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Cathy Come Home – Barbican, London

Writer: Tony McBride, adapted from the teleplay by Jeremy Sandford Director: Tony McBride Choreographer: Sarah Levinsky Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the 50 years since it was first broadcast, the BBC play Cathy Come Home has come to be seen as the archetypal polemical drama. Its story of a couple who found themselves drawn into homelessness chimed with the viewing public, ...

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Kes – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Jack Lord and Dan Parr in Kes at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

Book by: Barry Hines Adapted by: Robert Alan Evans Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Rich Jevons Even on the way into Leeds the taxi driver soon warmed to the memories, be it twenty years earlier, of reading Barry Hines’ quintessentially northern novel A Kestrel for A Knave and seeing the Ken Loach film Kes. As West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James ...

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NEWS: Hytner given award for services to the Arts

  Nick Hytner, the former Director of the National Theatre has been awarded the Critic’s Circle Award for Services to the Arts. The annual award was created in 1988 and the first person to receive it was Peter Hall, one of Hytner’s predecessors at the National. Accepting the award, Hytner said: “By rights I should be accepting it in partnership ...

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Kes – Cast, Doncaster

Directors: Philip Osment and Kully Thiarai Book:Barry Hines Reviewer : Andrew White When you are celebrating the end of a successful first year of a new venue, it is ideal to feature a story with local significance which really makes a point about the venues place in the community. So for their celebration, Doncaster’s one year old theatre Cast, chose ...

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Kes – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Barry Hines Director, Choreographer and Adapter: Jonathan Watkins Composer: Alex Baranowski Designer: Ben Stones Puppetry Designer and Director: Rachael Canning Reviewer: Ray Taylor A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines, first published in 1968, and the film Kes directed by Ken Loach in 1969 are both extremely well known and loved by millions. The film in particular is ...

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