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Pocket Merchant – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Ray Taylor Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is one of his darkest plays, exploring themes of greed, revenge, religion and anti-Semitism, with this is Propeller’s pocket-size version. A cast of six male actors brings the play grippingly to life in one hour, abandoning the minor characters, comedy and superfluous scenes to concentrate on ...

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Antigone – Theatre Royal, Winchester

Orignal text: Sophocles adapted by Roy Williams Director: Marcus Romer Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan In this adaptation Roy Williams sets Sophocles’ Antigone in a modern setting rife with gang culture and the underground scene. Williams text translates the philosophical and poetical writing of Sophocles into urban street language, full of slang, profanities and plenty of words that can only be found ...

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Blue/Orange – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Joe Penhall Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4] Mental illness seems to be a bit of a theme in some of Joe Penhall’s work. His first play, ‘Some Voices’ focuses on a young man trying to adapt back into society after a spell in a psychiatric hospital, and one of his latest plays, ‘Haunted Child’, includes an absent ...

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Blue / Orange – The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Joe Penhall Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4] What colour is an orange? If you believe it is blue, does that mean you have a mental illness? Premiered at the National Theatre in 2000, Joe Penhall’s play boldly explores attitudes and issues around mental health and racism, encouraging the audience to consider their own views, preconceptions and prejudices. ...

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Blue/Orange – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Joe Penhall Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:4.5] In 2011 Ambassador Theatre Group set up Theatre Royal Brighton Productions, with Christopher Luscombe at the helm, director of numerous productions including The Madness of King George III, The Rocky Horror Show and Spamalot to name but a few. Its aim was to produce three plays in 2012, each beginning ...

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