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On the Exhale – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Martin Zimmerman Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Stephen Bates Take a deep breath. Martin Zimmerman’s 70-minute monologue takes us on a suspenseful ride through modern urban paranoias that we hope belong to a distant land and then realise maybe not. Director Christopher Haydon had a big hit in this same studio space at the 2013 Festival with Grounded, the story ...

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Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – Darlington Hippodrome

Adaptor: David Edgar Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Mark Clegg Like its Gothic horror stable-mates Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is both immediately familiar and strangely unknown to the general public. All three sets of characters are part of popular culture and yet the vast majority of ...

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The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

The Odyssey by Simon Armitage

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: May Mellstrom Having previously collaborated on The Last Days of Troy - an adaptation of Homer’s The Iliad - poet and playwright Simon Armitage and director Nick Bagnall have turned their attention to the sequel, Odyssey and produced a bold and witty re-imagining of the classic poem. Beginning in present-day Britain, government minister ...

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The Death of King Arthur – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

  Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Music: Paul Johnson Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman Being a fan of Simon Armitage for as long as I can remember, it was with great excitement and intrigue that I attended his theatrical recital of The Death of King Arthur, and I couldn’t have hoped for a more evocative and engaging retelling of this legendary ...

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Mermaid – Oxford Playhouse

Writer &Director: Polly Teale Choreographer: Liz Rankin Reviewer: Katy Roberts Polly Teale's reimagining of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid is a hugely ambitious and inventive piece of theatre. Teale is taking an old tale and telling it anew, albeit with contemporary references that, unfortunately, don't quite work. We are plunged into the world of mermaids through the conduit of ...

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Mermaid – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer &Director: Polly Teale Choreographer: Liz Ranken Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Take the magic of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale and inject it with the angst of teenagers growing up in today’s world. Lest this is too much to take on board, sprinkle it with stardust in the shape of a set designed by no less a luminary than Tom Piper, ...

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Mermaid – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Polly Teale Director: Polly Teale Reviewer: Phil Lowe Nottingham Playhouse are really doing themselves proud these days and their latest collaboration with innovative theatre company Shared Experience is no exception. Polly Teale has adapted and directed the story of the Little Mermaid for the 21th Century. Thankfully, we see no Disney schmaltz in this stage production. Instead we have ...

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Writer: The Gawain Poet Translator: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Edie Ranvier “closer to Christmas than a week of advent chocolates” Oh, but the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is beautiful. Seventy-two branches of low-hanging candelabra, illuminating gilded black doors that could have trundled straight out of a Habsburg palace, and a stage with three dark wooden podiums. Just being here ...

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