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BRIGHTON FRINGE: An Adult Dr Seuss – The Warren: The Nest

Writer: Geoff Allnutt Reviewer: Simon Topping Veteran performance poet, Geoff Allnutt, AKA The Speech Painter, is obsessed with all things Dr Seuss; from the environmental Lorax and all his classic children’s verse to his more obscure output in advertising and propaganda films in World War Two. It is this love of the man behind the books, Theodore Geisel, that has ...

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The Trench – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Oliver Lansley Directors: Oliver Lansley and James Seager Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As the centenary of the Armistice approaches, it feels an appropriate time to revive Les Enfants Terribles’ 2012 show The Trench, set in the muddy battlefields of World War I – and far below them. Lansley’s script takes the form of an epic poem: the combination of battle ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Boy Child, The New Theatre – Dublin

Creators: FeliSpeaks and Dagogo Hart Reviewer: Laura Marriott Boy Child begins with a dark stage. Performers are dressed in black and the use of props is kept to a minimal. It was clear from the off that this is a production that sets out to paint a story with words. The background is kept clear to avoid distracting from the poetry ...

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The Unsung – The Roundhouse, London

Writer: Genevieve Carver Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Unsung stands before its audience wearing two equally impressive hats. On one hand, it’s a globe-trotting, heartbreaking eulogy for musicians who lived and died in varying degrees of obscurity. And on the other, it’s a joyful celebration of music as an undying beacon of hope and inspiration. Poet Genevieve Carver and her three-piece ...

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The Break-Up Monologues  – The Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Devised by Rosie Wilby, featuring Sophia Blackwell, VG Lee, and Paula Varjack Reviewer: Richard Maguire  Neil Sedaka famously sang that ‘Breaking up is hard to do’, but in The Blue Elephant’s night of spoken word the performers suggest that breaking up with a lover can be liberating and transformative. Unfortunately, comedian Rosie Wilby, who curated the evening, was ill and unable to ...

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Ode to Leeds – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Zodwa Nyoni Director: James Brining Reviewer: Rich Jevons At first, upon entering the auditorium, it could be easy to feel disappointed by the five microphones arranged neatly in a line. Not so, the stage is set for five poets, ready for their turn under the spotlight in the poetry slam. As the show progresses it becomes much more of ...

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Spring Offensive – Omnibus Theatre, London

Writer: Victoria Willing Director: Marie McCarthy Reviewer: Sophia Moss Spring Offensive is an intelligent, bleak and ambitious exploration of war tourism, disappointment, loneliness and life as a British expat. The first half of this play is compelling but, as the evening wears on, tensions rise and the laughter is replaced by awkward silences, the audience may be confused and a ...

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Pen:Chant – Home, Manchester

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Pen:Chant is a neo-variety night, an alt-cabaret, an indefinable shambolic mix of artforms in one evening. Pen:Chant occurs throughout the year in fringe venues across Manchester as a platform for known and unknown artists in various artforms; spoken word, poetry, live music, comedy and anything else that has slipped between the cracks. In a special PUSH 2017 ...

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