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INTERVIEW: Steve Thompson on writing Feed The Beast

As the politicians embark on last minute campaigns to secure those final votes, Birmingham Rep and The New Wolsey Theatre’s co-production of political comedy Feed The Beast prepares to open in Ipswich. Writer Steve Thompson spoke to Glen Pearce about the play. How would you sum up Feed The Beast in just one sentence? It’s a fascinating insight into the ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – The Fighting Voice!

A fortnight after my last blog and at least one of the debates that I spoke about back then rages on. Sadly the slight flicker of recognition that our industry has a serious issue with Mental Health has died away, save only for the dying embers of a random blog. No news on what Equity are actually going to do ...

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According to His Need – C Nova, Edinburgh

Writer: Oliver Eagleton Director: Nora Kelly Lester Reviewer: Deborah Klayman “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”. This phrase, made popular by Marx, offers a fitting title for this one-act play about two characters in conflict due to their romantic and political needs. Penned by emerging playwright Oliver Eagleton and directed by Nora Kelly Lester, ...

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Cuckooed – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Mark Thomas Director: Emma Callander Reviewer: John Roberts Once again Mark Thomas delivers a blisteringly funny yet searingly powerful look into one of the many chapters in his life. Where Bravo Figero looked into the relationship between Thomas and his opera loving father, Cuckooed delves into the relationship of Thomas and long term best friend Martin.Martin was a long ...

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The Blood Is Strong- Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: David Hutchison Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:2.5] With the referendum on Scottish Independence a little over a year away this reworking of David Hutchison’s play (originally titled The Voice of Scotland) is certainly timely. Set in 2011, the piece uses the relationships between the generations of the Baillie family to contrast views on both the Independence debate ...

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Freakoid – Ovalhouse, London

Writer: Emma Adams Director: Sarah Applewhite Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3] Bold and bizarre in equal measure, writer-performer Emma Adams’ Freakoid is certainly an original production. Set in a world filled with biobots and half-meats, Adams’ invites the audience into her universe: a place where the relationship between a woman and her hoover-lover may end in either disaster or revolution. 430004 ...

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Michael Portillo – Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:5]   A capacity audience enthusiastically greeted Michael Portillo at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing. Standing alone in front of a backcloth of apolitical rain-forest green, he entertained for nearly an hour before taking questions. Easily audible, although punctuated by occasional clunks from the microphone, he introduced himself as one of those people who “has an enormous future ...

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Fiesco – New Diorama, London

Writer: Friedrich Schiller Adaptor: Daniel Millar &Mark Leipacher Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] With this, their third Schiller adaptation in two years, The Faction Theatre Company are continuing their ambitious quest to stage the complete works of one of Germany’s premiere playwrights. A new version by Daniel Millar and Mark Leipacher, and directed by the latter, Fiesco is ...

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