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Catch 22 – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Joseph Heller Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer:Andy Moseley This should have been so good. An iconic novel brought to the UK stage for the first time, with an adaptation by the author and a production by one of the most creative and talented companies in the country. So why, in spite of all the promise, does it only merit three ...

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Catch 22 – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Joseph Heller Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Joseph Heller served in World War II, flying sixty bombing missions in 1944. It took him until 1953 to be able to write about his experiences and the feelings of those serving, and his debut novel, Catch-22, was published in 1961 to a mixed critical reception. Part of that might be ...

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Spring Awakening – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writer: Frank Wedekind new version by Anya Reiss Director: Ben Kidd Reviewer: Anna Ambelez ‘”We are the parents, we know best” says one of the actors, but do they? This play asks just that; do the adults that shape children and their future, really understand them? An open, grey, metallic, unforgiving stage, alive with teenagers going about their day greets ...

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The Events – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writer: David Greig Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: Anna Ambelez How do communities and individuals heal after traumatic violence? This production deals with that scenario and one individual in particular; a parish priest called Claire (Amanda Drew). While taking the choir in the village hall, an armed young man (Clifford Samuel) enters and fires. He is discriminating towards his victims, which ...

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How To Occupy An Oil Rig – Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Writer: Daniel Bye with Kathryn Beaumont and Jack Bennett Music: Jamie Fletcher Director: Dick Bonham and Sarah Pushon Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Imagine if the Tweenies, Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men or any other children’s TV show turned into a piece of political performance and it was to be played live at Northern Stage, then How To Occupy an ...

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The Table – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Devised and Directed: BLind SumMiT Theatre Music: Lemey and Friedel Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Blind SumMiT Theatre are puppetry innovators; innovative is adventurous, fresh, imaginative and inventive, all adjectives that fit the companies work. The Table is where Moses, the central character lives. He relates a story about God, himself, life, death and puppetry. Moses is a bit of an old ...

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