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SICK – Theatre Deli, Sheffield

Writer: Shey Hargreaves Director: Molly Naylor Reviewer: Brendan James SICK is a true personal account of a young graduate who embarks on their first job out of university. Something to pay the bills but will also engender a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of serving the greater good. Shey Hargreaves enters as a bright-eyed young optimist, intent on giving ...

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Princess and the Hustler – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Chinonyerem Odimba Director: Dawn Walton Designer: Simon Kenny Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mention the phrase “bus boycott” and the mind turns immediately to Montgomery, Alabama. The Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963 is a largely forgotten milestone in race relations in this country. The cause of the boycott was a refusal by Bristol’s bus company to employ black or Asian bus ...

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Hot Brown Honey – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Writer: Lisa Fa’alafi and Kim Bowers Director: Lisa Fa’alafi Reviewer: Nina Reece Hot Brown Honey is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s part variety show, part pantomime, has roots in burlesque, comedy and circus, is steeped in the politics of race, gender, and identity, and somehow still manages to be light of heart. Brainchild of Lisa Fa’alafi and Kim Bowers (aka ...

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Building The Wall – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Robert Schenkkan Director: Jez Bond Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Building The Wall is an unsettling glimpse into a dystopian (near) future in which Trump’s America has declared martial law. The stage is a sterile prison meeting room in El Paso, Texas. The audience watches through Perspex walls as Rick (Trevor White), a Caucasian man in his 40s clad in an ...

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The Wedding – Bristol Old Vic

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Creator: Amit Lahav and the company Associate Director: Rich Rusk Original Music: Dave Price Reviewer: Hugh McCann The Wedding begins with a handful of characters being ejected from the end of a tubular slide into an enormous pile of teddy bears. The characters are met by a midwife-like figure who dresses them for marriage and leads them on to join ...

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War in America – New Parliament House, Edinburgh

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Writer: Jo Clifford Director: Susan Worsfold Reviewer: Emily Hall Director Susan Worsfield has brought War in America  to life for the first time, over twenty years after it was written. Though the play was deemed “too offensive” for production in 1996, it is a striking anecdote to 2017, touching on issues of government corruption, political naiveté and chaotic leader transitions ...

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TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Hot Brown Honey – Spiegeltent, Dublin

Creators: Busty Beatz and Lisa Fa’alafi Director: Lisa Fa’alafi Music: Busty Beatz Choreography: Lisa Fa’alafi Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Briefs Factory’s feminist cabaret and burlesque extravaganza, Hot Brown Honey, has the audience crying with laughter, whooping, clapping and stamping their feet, but it isn’t from this that the show gets its electric energy. The Honeys are a group of women who ...

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Absence of War – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The 2015 election is looming and Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre is celebrating the occasion with a razor sharp political drama which gives us a little insight into what may be gong in behind closed doors. Premiered in 1993 by the National Theatre, Absence of War mirrors in all but names the internal ...

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