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Turn of the Screw – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Henry James Adapted by Tim Luscombe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Delving deep into the psyche, Henry James’ horror novella Turn of the Screw has, over the years since it was first published in 1898 as a magazine serial, engendered much discussion and shivers down the spines of critics and audiences alike. Those who have read the book ...

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Turn of the Screw – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Henry James Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Designer: Sara Perks Reviewer: Ron Simpson Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw, is far from a conventional ghost story. In the 120 years since its publication, it has spawned countless chilling versions, from film to opera, but equally has set a platoon of academics advancing theories about the nature ...

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Turn of the Screw – Theatre Royal, Windsor

Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Stephen Bates A great deal of mileage has been found in Henry James’ 1898 novella Turn of the Screw. It has spawned a Benjamin Britten opera, Jack Clayton’s 1961 film (The Innocents), not to mention television versions, and now Tim Luscombe has adapted it into a stage play for this handsomely-mounted touring production. ...

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Heroine – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Nessah Muthy Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Clare Boswell Heroine by Nessah Muthy is a play with a strong political message. Centred around ex-soldier Grace (Asmara Gabrielle), Heroine turns the tables on the Radical-Islam question. It asks it's audience to consider whether it is right, or indeed conducive within a progressive society, to shut down dialogue on uncomfortable issues, brandishing all ...

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Silver Lining – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Sandi Toksvig Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Lizz Clark It's common to refer to the Bechdel Test in discussions about women in media: it's a way of confirming that women perform more than the most perfunctory role in a film, play or TV episode. Is there an equivalent test for older people, I wonder, or for old women specifically? So ...

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Silver Lining – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Sandi Toksvig Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Paul Couch According to the actor and comedian, Groucho Marx, "getting older is no problem - you just have to live long enough". But for the five elderly women who comprise the ensemble cast of Sandi Toksvig's Silver Lining, living long enough isn't the problem, it's having lived so long that they've survived ...

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We Wait in Joyful Hope – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Brian Mullin Director: Lisa Cagnacci Reviewer: Stephen Bates   In a run-down area of a New Jersey city, a Roman Catholic mission that serves as a refuge for women in distress is under threat from property developers. It may seem strange that American writer Brian Mullin’s play centring on the mission is getting its World Premiere so far from ...

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The Absence of War – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Claire Hayes David Hare’s forensic examination of the recurring electoral misfortunes of the Labour Party, loosely based on events surrounding the 1992 election, ends its 2015 tour with an election week stopover in Bath. Originally staged back in 1993, The Absence of War follows the fortunes of George Jones, a man who has ...

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