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Jonny and the Baptists: Eat the Poor – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervase

Director: Will Young Writer: Jonny Donahoe & Paddy Gervers Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Jonny and the Baptists return to the road straight from their hugely popular Edinburgh Fringe run of Eat the Poor. The musical satire duo have brought a show to The Bike Shed Theatre every year for the past five years. Going from playing in the bar, to one ...

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The Red Shed – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Mark Thomas Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mark Thomas’ fringe award-winning The Red Shed is currently touring around the UK, including a three-night stop at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  The Red Shed is celebrating the Labour Club’s 50th Anniversary and Thomas takes the opportunity to recreate the club’s history at its shed in Wakefield.  The wooden red shed ...

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Screens – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Stephen Laughton Director: Cressida Brown Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Stephen Laughton’s new play tries to fit a lot into its 65-minute running time. National identity of second-generation immigrants, Brexit-inspired racism, sibling rivalry, homophobia, dating apps, Guardian readers’ assumptions about conflicts and their causes, and the modern world’s over-dependence on mobile phones. If you were thinking that what a one-act play ...

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A View From Islington North, Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Mark Ravenhill, Caryl Churchill, Alistair Beaton, David Hare, Stella Feehily Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Out of Joint theatre company’s evening of political satire collects works old and new by some of our country’s best-known playwrights, taking potshots at several elements of the current political establishment to varying levels of success. The first, oldest piece, is Mark Ravenhill’s ...

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Jeremy Hardy – Oxford Playhouse

Jeremy Hardy on tour

Reviewer: Fergus Morgan “I was genuinely thinking about giving up talking about mainstream politics”, confesses Jeremy Hardy, before shrugging, flapping his arms out and blithely adding, “but then one of my best mates became leader of the Labour Party.” And so the tone for the evening is set. As Hardy himself puts it, this will be “a full and frank, ...

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Sandi Toksvig: Live! Politically Incorrect – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Sandi Toksvig has been in the business of making us laugh for 35 years. She's a comedian, writer, presenter, producer and soon to be host of QI. The purpose of this tour, however, is not simply to entertain. Last year Toksvig co-founded a new political party, The Women's Equality Party, the UK's fastest growing political organisation. Suddenly, ...

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Owen Jones – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Reviewer: John Roberts As part of their lunchtime talks series, political commentator and journalist Owen Jones spoke in front of a passionate and sold out crowd about the future of politics and the new found hope that is currently sweeping the nation Jones isn't going to apologise for being a Corbynite and everything the current Labour leadership candidate stands for. ...

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