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E8 – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: Marika Mckennell Director: Ria Parry Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Set in a Pupil Referral Unit, where children who slide through the cracks in mainstream education find themselves, E8 provides a snapshot of the lives of two young people and their teachers. Underfunded and with a reputation for violence, PRUs have become synonymous with “difficult” and excluded children. The reality is ...

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Three Generations of Women – The Lowry, Salford

Three Generations of Women

Writers: Anna Jefferson and Alice Trueman Director: Ria Parry Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby The clue, or at least the premise, is in the title. Three Generations of Women deals with the relationship between a daughter, her terminally ill mother and her estranged grandmother. This a family with more than a few secrets and lies, which they are forced to face ...

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Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walken – Arcola Theatre, London

Jane Wenham: Witch of Walkern

Writer: Rebecca Lenkiewicz Director: Ria Parry Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   In a Hertfordshire village in the early 18th Century, it turns out the only thing on everyone’s mind was lust. In a profoundly religious and superstitious age before the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution people largely lived and died in the same place, among the same people and unsurprisingly knew ...

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Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Jane Wenham: Witch of Walkern

Writer: Rebecca Lenkiewicz Director: Ria Parry Reviewer: Claire Hayes A play that opens in the aftermath of a hanging, Out of Joint’s Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkernmakes a grab for the dramatic jugular. Rebecca Lenkiewicz examines a Hertfordshire village at the beginning of the 18th Century; a time when the full frenzy of witch hunts may have passed their ...

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Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Rebecca Lenkiewicz Composer and Sound Design: Max Pappenheim Director: Ria Parry Reviewer: Rich Jevons Out of Joint’s latest production takes on the subjects of superstition and religious zeal, in particular how it fuels extreme ageism and sexism. Set in Walkern in 1712, it tells the tale of the last major witch trial. Amanda Bellamy allows plenty of pathos for ...

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On Golden Pond – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Writer: Ernest Thompson Director: Ria Parry Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage [Rating: 4.5]   From the gentle sounds of the welcoming birds to the black flies flitting around in the morning sun, Salisbury Playhouse’s current production of Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond directed by Ria Parry takes the audience on a tender journey into old age. The auditorium is delightfully transformed into ...

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Dr Korczak’s Example – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: David Greig Director: Ria Parry Reviewer: Sarah Nutland [rating: 3] David Greig’s Dr Korczak's Example is the latest offering from the Unicorn Theatre; the UK's leading young people's theatre. The play tells the story of Dr Korczak and his struggle to keep Jewish children safe in his Warsaw ghetto orphanage during 1942. We meet Fly, a street child, who ...

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Mad about the Boy – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Gbolahan Obisesan Directr: Ria Parry Reviewer: Clare Boswell [rating:4] Gbolahan Obisesan’s beautifully constructed and lyrical play, which picked up a prestigious Double Fringe First Award at last year’s Edinburgh festival, feels particularly poignant. Since the 2011 Riots, the microscope has very much remained focused on our country’s disenfranchised youth and who is to blame for this growing problem. ‘Mad ...

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