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Monogamy – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Alastair Whatley Designer: James Perkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Monogamy is far from a wasted evening in the theatre – there are too many good lines and dramatic situations for that, plus three fine performances – but it is a disappointment for those who anticipated more solid and consistently entertaining fare, given the strength of the casting ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest  – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell What a wonderful conceit it is that a relationship should be founded upon a name and what a wickedly witty script Oscar Wilde produces to lure audiences into that conceit. But alas the input of the author is the only really wonderful part of the Original Theatre Company’s production of this ...

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Invincible – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Stephen Darcy Designer: Victoria Spearing Reviewer: Ron Simpson Following its extremely successful tour last year, Original Theatre Company’s production of Invincible, now directed by Stephen Darcy and with one change of cast, has embarked on a second tour that will take it through to April. No wonder, this is a fine production of a play as ...

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Invincible – Exeter Northcott

The company of Original Theatre's Invincible

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Chris Harper Reviewer:Kelyn Luther Invincible invites comparison with Alan Ayckbourn’s work in its tragicomic look at domestic life. The play explores the north-south class divide, as middle-class southerners Emily (Emily Bowker) and Oliver (Alastair Whatley) move up North and attempt to befriend their neighbours, football-loving Alan (Graeme Brookes) and his glamorous wife Dawn (Kerry Bennett). The ...

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Invincible – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The company of Original Theatre's Invincible

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Chris Harper Reviewer: Michael Gray Social class is at the heart of much British comedy. Ayckbourn, in particular, is master of the awkwardness, the inferiority complex, the snobbishness and the culture clash. Torben Betts' play mines much the same seams. A bourgeois couple has downsized, thanks to the recession, from London to the terra incognita of ...

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Invincible – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

The company of Original Theatre's Invincible

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Christopher Harper Reviewer: Glen Pearce   “There is no such thing as society," declared Margaret Thatcher in 1987. Twenty-five years later and the current Conservative Government is all about celebrating the ‘Big Society’. The country is in a party mood, The Diamond Jubilee, The Olympic Games and The European Cup are stirring up flag-waving, patriotic fervour ...

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Shadowlands – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Glen Pearce   In the stuffy corridors of post-war Oxford University, a professor debated the relationship between love, pain, suffering and God. It’s a dilemma he understands intrinsically. Reserved, suppressing emotions and living with his brother, the professor unexpectedly finds love late in life in the form of a brash American divorceewho has ...

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