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Chasing Bono  –  Soho Theatre, London

Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais Director:  Gordon Anderson Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Based on the memoir I Was Bono’s Doppelgänger by The Telegraph’s rock critic Neil McCormick, Chasing Bono is a gentle comedy about childhood aspirations. It’s written by the veteran pair Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais who gave us Porridgeand What Ever Happened to the Likely Lads, but, sadly, ...

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Talk Radio – Old Red Lion, London

Writer: Eric Bogosian Director: Sean Turner Reviewer: Richard Maguire As some right-wing political views become legitimised by Donald Trump’s presidency in the US, and with our own imminent departure from the EU suggesting a similar surge to the right, this revival of Talk Radio, first performed in 1987, couldn’t be more timely. Trump and, to a lesser extent, Nigel Farage, ...

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And Then Came The Nightjars – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Bea Roberts Director: Paul Robinson Reviewer: David Jobson The 2001 foot-and-mouth epidemic devastated farming communities and its effects linger even today. Fifteen years on, West Country playwright, Bea Roberts, has taken her experiences of that year to write this beautifully crafted play. The play follows Michael and Jeff, a farmer and vet respectively on a small family farm in ...

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And Then Come the Nightjars – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer : Bea Roberts Director : Paul Robinson Reviewer : Joan Phillips Bea Roberts manages to touch many hearts and issues in her award-winning play, set in rural Devon just as the foot-and-mouth crisis hits the farming community in 2001. David Fielder plays Michael, the curmudgeonly cattle farmer caring for ‘his girls’. Recently widowed, he has fallen into sleeping in ...

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The Collector – The Vaults, London

Writer: Mark Healy Director: Joe Hufton Reviewer: Stephen Bates John Fowles’ debut novel about a butterfly collector who kidnaps the girl of his dreams and keeps her in his basement was first published in 1963 and turned into a successful film shortly thereafter. With only two characters and a single set, it is hardly surprising that stage adaptations followed, the ...

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Cargo – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Tess Berry-Hart Director:David Mercatali Reviewer:Deborah Parry Everyone has an opinion about the current refugee crisis, though, perhaps, it is less likely that we ponder the journey that someone takes - what it actually means to leave your home, every familiarity, and venture into the unknown. When we are reduced to mere cargo,what does our identity become, or, more importantly, ...

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No Villain – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Sean Turner Reviewer: Daniel Perks After its highly successful run at the Old Red Lion Theatre last year, there was much to expect from No Villain, the newly unearthed seminal work from one of the 20thCentury’s great playwrights. This Arthur Miller play more transparently holds a mirror up to his own life in comparison with much ...

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No Villain – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

George Turvey and Helen Cole in No Villan at London's Old Red Lion Theatre

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Sean Turner Reviewer: Stephen Bates   It is said that the first work of all writers is, to some extent, autobiographical. Arthur Miller was the son of a Jewish New York women’s clothing manufacturer who lost everything in the Great Depression. Therefore, it should come as no great surprise that his debut play is set in ...

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