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Alpha Who? – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: Matt Franco Director: Gail Sixsmith Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The statistic that in the UK, every week 84 men take their own lives is high in the publicity for performance artist Matt Franco’s meditation on the male psyche. An explanation of why that may be might look at the expectations of “masculinity”, the toxicity of such expectations and how tempting ...

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Locker Room Talk – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Gary McNair Director: Orla O’Loughlin Post Show facilitator: Dr Holly Davis Reviewer: Dominic Corr There are few things more powerful than a word, spoken or otherwise. The championed word shouted on the streets and in the press can have the widest impact both for resistance and oppression. The most dangerous word is the one they didn’t want you to ...

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Manpower – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Devised and Performed by Alister Lownie and Katerina Radeva Reviewer: Dominic Corr You see it quite often; social media tags on how men are no longer real men. The crass knuckle dragging nature of toxic masculinity would have us believe that men have been castrated, pushed into offices and coffee bars. Created and performed by Alister Lownie and Katherina Radeva, ...

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Creditors – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: August Strindberg Adapter: David Grieg Director: Stewart Laing Reviewer: Dominic Corr Revenge is, as they say, best served cold. Patiently savoured over a lengthy amount of time. Along with its key partner in crime; manipulation, the pair comprise the central themes of August Strindberg’s Creditors. Written in 1888, now adapted again to the Royal Lyceum’s stage, the path to ...

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Locker Room Talk – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Gary McNair Director: Orla O’Loughlin Reviewer: Dominic Corr Words have magnificent power. Some of us try to make careers from them, quite often though many of us use them to wound. Dusting off the classic; “the pen is mightier than the sword”, these words are the force behind the pen. With titular inspiration by Donald Trump and now following ...

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The Kite Runner – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Novel: Khaled Hosseini Stage adaptation: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Swati Arora A grand narrative about moving continents and inter-generational conflict comes alive in this visually stunning production of The Kite Runner. Amir, the narrator of his own tale, struggles to carry the burden of masculinity, as he tries in vain to make his Baba feel proud of him. ...

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Yank! – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Joseph Zellnik (Music), David Zellnik (Book and Lyrics) Director: James Baker Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Zellnik brothers bring their exuberant off-Broadway success story to The Big Smoke, affording Londoners a thoroughly engrossing view of the unfamiliar battleground of same-sex romance during World War Two. Yank! hinges around the breakneck wartime metamorphosis of Stu, played with wide-eyed believability by Scott Hunter, a clumsy ...

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