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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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Broken Biscuits – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Tom Well Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Kris Hallett For Ben, Holly and Megan, their GCSE exams are behind them and a long summer of preparing to enter the 'cool' world of college awaits. It's an opportunity to blow away past convention, to raise their social standings from geeky outsider to the hip in-crowd. Megan has a plan, to form ...

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Love, Lies and Taxidermy – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Alan Harris Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Jaclyn Martin In a town where “all roads lead to Tesco”, it’s inevitable that this is the setting for Valentine and Vicky’s first date and the starting point for this story. A quirky spin on the classic boy-meets-girl tale – boy meets girl and tries to convince her not to film a porno… ...

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Love, Lies and Taxidermy – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Alan Harris Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Emma Boswell  Theatr Clwyd, Paines Plough and Sherman Theatre join forces to bring Alan Harris’ off-beat comedy Love, Lies and Taxidermy to life on stage. The show tells the tale of the earnest and lovable young Valentine, the well-meaning son of a Polish taxidermist meeting Ashley, the forthright and no-nonsense daughter of Mr ...

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