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The Cane  – Royal Court, London

Writer: Mark Ravenhill Director:  Vicky Featherstone Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Some of us can clearly remember the cane, the form of corporal punishment so beloved in boys’ schools of the past. It was banned in 1986 in state schools but lingered on in private schools until the turn of the century. Nowadays the cane is a paradoxical symbol representing both ‘the ...

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A View From Islington North, Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Mark Ravenhill, Caryl Churchill, Alistair Beaton, David Hare, Stella Feehily Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Out of Joint theatre company’s evening of political satire collects works old and new by some of our country’s best-known playwrights, taking potshots at several elements of the current political establishment to varying levels of success. The first, oldest piece, is Mark Ravenhill’s ...

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Shopping and F***ing – Nottingham New Theatre

Writer: Mark Ravenhill Director:Liam McClelland Reviewer: Dave Smith Even when Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and F***ing first appeared in the West End, its notoriety rested as much on its title as its content. Howard Brenton had broken enough ground portraying anal rape in The Romans in Britain at the Nationalso that 16 years later audiences were slightly more receptive to such ...

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Secret Theatre: Show 6 – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Mark Ravenhill Director: Caroline Steinbeis Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby The studio is filled with two complete circles of chairs for the audience. Another circle is marked out in white tape on the ground with three exits. A soundtrack plays with haunting notes and strange changes in tone and pace. The atmosphere this creates hints at voyeurism and ritual, and ...

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Show 6 – Summerhall@Roundabout, Edinburgh

Writer: Mark Ravenhill Director: Caroline Steinbeis Reviewer: Deborah Klayman The latest offering from prolific playwright Mark Ravenhill, Show 6, is a piece that can, at times, be as oblique as its title. Set in a dystopian world where the “haves” are spoiled, drug-addled and bored and the “have not’s” are of no concern, Steven Webb’ central character embarks on a ...

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Latitude Festival Preview: Paines Plough

Alongside the multi-coloured sheep, the sea of tents and the annual conundrum of packing wellies or sunglasses, Paines Plough are fast becoming an integral part of the Latitude Festival. In a line-up that evolves each year to reflect the changing themes, Tania Harrison manages each year to programme a mix of new theatre artists and established favourites to tempt festival ...

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The Mother – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Mother continues Birmingham REP’s festival, Epic Encounters, that celebrates the work of German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht and is curated by Mark Ravenhill. The Mother is based on Maxim Gorky’s 1906 novel of the same name. Written in 1930/1, the play contained ten songs, later expanded to 13. In ...

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Mother Clap’s Molly House – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Mark Ravenhill Director: Suba Das Reviewed by Karen McCandless If Curve and De Montfort University (DMU) were looking for a controversial play to perform then Mother Clap’s Molly House was a great choice. But being controversial doesn’t always pay off. First performed in September 2001 at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre, Mark Ravenhill’s play explores the theme of sexuality. ...

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