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Shine – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Kema Sikazwe Director: Graeme Thompson Reviewer: Dominic Corr What defines you? Is it your past, your family? Perhaps more realistically it’s the societal labels attached from unwelcomed comments; immigrant, black, poor or untalented which 'brand' us. I, Daniel Blake actor Kema Sikazwe's Shine gives an account of his own difficulties in finding his ability to not be a product ...

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ear for eye – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer/Director: debbie tucker green Reviewer: Scott Matthewman At first glance, debbie tucker green’s latest work for the Royal Court is taking aim at the racial divides in America. But during the two hours of its presentation, during which pace only ever slows so that tension may increase, it appears that there is a knot of anger at the heart of ...

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End of the Pier – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Danny Robins Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There are many archetypes of British comedy at play in End of the Pier, Park Theatre’s new drama about funny business by Danny Robins. Michael is a mainstream BBC comedian, currently recording a second series of his stand-up show comprising mild, ineffectual material about struggling with duvet covers. His father Bobby ...

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Labels – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Joe Sellman-Leava Reviewer:Joan Phillips Labels is an intelligent, touching and often funny, one-man show from Worklight Theatre Company’s Joe Sellman-Leava. With immigration never far from the news in the run-up to the referendum and the US election, Labels is a timely reminder of the personal and human consequences for those trying to assimilate and settle into new cultures. Sellman-Leava ...

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Labels – The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Joe Sellman-Leava Reviewer:Marina Waters   The multi-award winning fringe sensation Labels is a vibrant, original, and sublimely constructed piece of theatre that effortlessly blends humour with hard-hitting issues. The one man show delves into the passive (and active) prejudices that lurk beneath the surface of modern multi-cultural Britain and the words and phrases used to assign meaning to a ...

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To Kill a Mockingbird – The Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Harper Lee Adaptor: Christopher Sergel Director: Timothy Sheader Reviewer: Joan Phillips Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is as close to a perfect novel as you are going to get. In fact, in 2006 it was named by British librarians as the one book ahead of the Bible they recommend adults to read before they die. So it is ...

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Gina Yashere: Laugh Riot – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Gina Yashere Reviewer: Fergus Morgan East London-born comedian Gina Yashere undoubtedly has a talent for making people laugh. Recognisable from her appearances on those staples of British TV comedy, Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week, her comedic style is as far from the politically-motivated vituperations of a Stewart Lee as it is from the seemingly off-the-cuff ramblings ...

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Pierre Novellie is Mighty Peter – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer:Lucy Danser Pierre Novellie is a blooming delight! He’s the kind of comedian who immediately puts a smile on your face and ensures it stays there for the entirety of his show. His persona is so enthusiastic and affable you can’t help but like him and his audience interaction, though not a hefty part of his show, is consistently quick ...

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