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Pop Music – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Have you ever heard a few bars of a song and been immediately transported back in time to your younger self, with all your youthful aspirations, emotions and insecurities to boot? G and Kayla have. During an evening at a wedding reception, Kayla and G meet and strike up a friendship ...

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How To Spot An Alien – The Roundabout at Ordsall Park, Salford

Writer: Georgia Christou Director: Stef O’ Driscoll Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   New writing theatre company Paines Plough continue their tradition for programming children’s theatre in their incredible pop-up theatre space, The Roundabout. Landing like a space capsule in Ordsall Park the theatre in the round is an exciting place to enter for adults, never mind children. So to go on ...

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Island Town – The Roundabout, Ordsall Park

Writer: Simon Longman Director: Stef O’Driscoll Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Paines Plough’s incredible pop-up theatre space, The Roundabout, once again lands in Salford fresh from a month’s run in Edinburgh. Every year it brings three brand new plays performed with excellence and Simon Longman’s Island Town continues this welcome trend. For anyone who hasn’t been inside the intimate, capsule-like, theatre in ...

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Island Town – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Simon Longman Reviewer: David Doyle  Simon Longman offers an insightful if bleak look into the lives of three teenagers in a town everyone wants to leave. Cleverly constructed in a circular fashion, the piece explores what happens when the ring road becomes your horizon. Although primarily focused on the lives of Sam, Pete, and Kate, played wonderfully by Charlotte ...

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Pop Music – Latitude, Theatre Arena

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Kris Hallett The Paines Plough gig theatre slot has become a little bit of a Latitude tradition. A hot new playwright writing an hour piece to a soundtrack that gets the crowds at Henham Park off their chairs and into the groove. Previously they have presented Sabrina Mahfouz’s With A Little Bit Of Luck ...

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Out of Love – Summerhall, Edinburgh

two women one man standing

Writer: Elinor Cook Director: James Grieve Reviewer: John Kennedy Elinor Cook’s life-affirming, celebratory love-letter to childhood innocence, inseparable friendship, parental break-ups, adolescent angst and amazement, not least, teenage clumsy fag and bike-shed fumbling are the stepping-stones of Lorna and Grace’s lives. The play’s title has teasing ambiguities. Out of their love, any later nuance of gay affection, seems almost trivial, ...

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Box Clever – Summerhall, Edinburgh

two women one with clown nose on

Writer: Monsay Whitney Director: Stef O’Driscoll Reviewer: John Kennedy Writer/protagonist, Monsay Whitney, is Marnie. In tandem with Avi Simmons as multi-flexible-role, foil punch-bag facilitator, she catalogues her descent in to the, “Chaos that follows us everywhere”. Her catastrophic narrative is a monologue of mayhem punctuated with eviscerating emotional shrapnel. It’s a given that the toxic fallout of her appalling choice ...

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Scorch – Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Stacey Gregg Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: John Kennedy Gathering more stars than a greedy telescope, Scorch bristles and blisters from the flaming lips of protagonist, Kes, and she has a story to tell from Hell. In streams and screams of lyrical consciousness liberally scattered with social media patois her purgative confessional account of her journey through self-identity is a ...

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