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Handbagged – Oldham Coliseum, Oldham.

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Jo Newman Reviewer: Sam Lowe It is an eye-catching title, Handbagged. Meaning, a woman who verbally attacks a person or idea ruthlessly and forcefully. Margaret Thatcher was labelled “The Iron Lady”, and appeared to always speak her mind and even be pugnacious. Tonight’s comedy play is about women in power. This is an Oldham Coliseum Theatre, ...

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Handbagged – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Jo Newman Designer: Dawn Allsopp Reviewer: Ron Simpson Handbagged is a polished, civilized and sporadically very amusing entertainment based on an ingenious and appealing premise. It passes two hours stage time most pleasantly, the production is stylish, the performances witty and intelligent, but too often, for a comedy, it’s just not funny enough. Perhaps it’s too ...

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Gabriel – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Kate McGregor Reviewer: Steve Turner Guernsey 1943 two and a half years into the German occupation and the locals have learned how to get along with the occupiers. Jeanne Becquet (Belinda Lang) is no exception to this, having been forced to move from a far grander residence into somewhere much smaller, she is making the best ...

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Gabriel – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Kate McGregor Reviewer: Tate James The catalogue of World War II dramas tends to focus heavily on the masculinity of war: young boys becoming men the moment they enlist, the horrors of those fighting for us all, the aftermath of their experience as they struggle to integrate back into everyday life. Stories of victims of war ...

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Blavatsky’s Tower – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Peter Scott Reviewer: Jacqui Onions 3 Crate has chosen a disturbing, intense and, at times, darkly comedic play in Moira Buffini's Blavatsky's Tower. The subject matter may not be to everyone's taste but there is something strangely fascinating about the story of a family that have chosen never to leave their penthouse apartment in the tower ...

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Blavatsky’s Tower – Volcano Theatre, Swansea

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Peter Scott Reviewer:Jaclyn Martin   Everyone thinks their families are normal, relatively speaking. Sometimes the only way to see things clearly is to see it through the eyes of someone else. The arrival of a doctor into the lives of the Blavatsky family shake up the world they have always known; A world contained entirely in ...

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Handbagged – Theatre Royal, Bath

Kate Fahy, Suzie Blake, Sanchia McCormack and Emma Handy

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Indhu Rubasingham Reviewer: Claire Hayes   Theatre so often speculates about the Queen’s relationship with her public servants – from Anthony Blunt as her surveyor of pictures in A Question of Attribution to her interviews with successive Prime Ministers in The Audience. In the Olivier Award-winning Handbagged, now on tour having premiered at London’s Tricycle Theatre ...

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Handbagged – Nottingham Theatre Royal

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Indhu Rubasingham Reviewer: Dave Smith We’ll probably never know what was said over the eleven years of weekly meetings between Margaret Thatcher and the Queen, but as Moira Buffini’s cleverly conceived play suggests, it was unlikely to have been a meeting of minds. While the former was bent on changing the very heart of the country, ...

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