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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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Smallholding – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Dunkley Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Andy Moseley ‘You miss so much when you’re looking the other way’ proclaims Jen, one of the two characters in Smallholding. By the end of the play I was more concerned about what I’d seen looking the right way. Smallholding seems to have been conceived to meet Hightide Festivals selection criteria. Set in ...

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Override – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Writer: Stacey Gregg Director: Selina Cartmell Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Stacey Gregg’s Override is the only one of the plays in Watford Palace’s Ideal World season, designed to question the impact of the rise of technology on humanity, to venture into the realms of what could be loosely described as sci-fi. Mark and Violet live in a near-future world where ...

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Hedda Gabler – Royal & DerngateTheatre, Northampton

Director: Laurie Sansom Adapter: Andrew Upton (from the play by Henrik Ibsen) Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:4.5] Hedda Gabler, written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen in 1890, first opened in Germany in 1891 to negative reviews. Not so in Northampton in 2012. This was an amazing and hugely engaging performance. This interpretation of Hedda Gabler forms part of a trilogy of ...

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