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GUEST BLOG: Leigh Johnstone – All in the Mind Festival Director

When I was at secondary school, in Year 9, I took part in my first school play. It was Grease and I was playing Doody one of the T-birds. Apart from falling off the stage during the finale We go together I absolutely loved it and that experience really stuck with me. I then ‘got the drama bug’ and took part ...

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Neck or Nothing – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writers and Directors: Christopher Neels and Callum Cameron Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The 1996 documentary Project Grizzly told the efforts of Canadian Troy Hurtubise and his team to build a $150,000 suit of armour that would withstand the attack of a grizzly bear, so that he could observe them up close in the wild. That the documentary didn’t take Hurtubise’s efforts entirely ...

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Original Death Rabbit – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Rose Heiney  Director: Hannah Joss  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman At several points in Rose Heiney’s blackly funny Original Death Rabbit, the typical trying-to-be-sympathetic view of mental health issues is punctured. The concerned expression, eyes to the floor, acknowledging how seriously we need to take other people’s mental health, tied with the unspoken belief that such things only deserve to befall other ...

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Laura Lexx – Trying:  Komedia, Brighton

Reviewer: Simon Topping Laura Lexx bounces on to the stage in the joyful knowledge of being on "home turf". The Brighton audience quickly warms to this likeable and funny performer as she begins to set out her stall and make us giggle in the process. Lexx starts with memories from her childhood in the early 1990s. Days camping with her ...

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The Jury – The Brindley Theatre, Runcorn

Book: Amy Fletcher Music and Lyrics: Ashley M A Walsh Director: Joseph Meighan Reviewer: Abbie Rippon The Jury premieres this week at the Brindley Theatre in Runcorn, a brand new musical exploring human behaviour and how a person’s life experience impacts their judgements. Set in a jury deliberation room, twelve people from various walks of life consider and debate whether a ...

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The Room At The Top Of The House – HOME, Manchester

Director: Michael Woodhall and Alice Dale Reviewer: Jo Beggs Lincoln-based theatre company Stand By bring their 2017 Edinburgh Fringe show to Manchester as part of HOME’s Incoming Festival, a programme of work by emerging theatre companies from across the UK. The Room At The Top Of The House is a short piece of physical theatre that explores how a family ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Last Night at the Circus – The Warren: Theatre Box 

Creator: Jane Postlethwaite Reviewer: Simon Topping As Last Night of the Circus begins the audience are treated to some fabulous images of vintage circus performers, leading us to wonder what the enigmatic title of the show could mean we are about to witness. Just as this thought passes through the mind Jane Postlethwaite happily appears spotlit on stage, bedecked in ...

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When We Were Brothers – The Underground, Bradford

Writer: Ben Tagoe Director: Aisha Khan Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Freedom Studios was established in Bradford to reflect the diversity of the city and to produce work that resonates with, and who are often underrepresented in society. Their latest piece When We Were Brothers tackles the issue of male mental health; a subject that has become more prominent, especially in the ...

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