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Plastic – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Marius von Mayenburg Translator: Maja Zade Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Claire Hayes   The ambition behind Marius von Mayenburg’s Plastic is dazzling: using the artifice of theatre, its shared space and storytelling communion, to question the boundaries between art and life. If you listen to the narrative of the play’s central character Serge Haulupa, conceptual artist and orchestrator of ...

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Bad Jews – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

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Writer: Joshua Harman Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Bad Jews premiered in New York in 2012, before transferring to Theatre Royal Bath in 2014 and then to the West End. It has since enjoyed runs at three London theatres and is currently touring the UK. The show hit headlines when complaints led to its posters being banned on ...

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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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The Glass Menagerie – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Ellen McDougall Designer: Fly Davis Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Glass Menagerie is one of Tennessee Williams’ most autobiographical plays and was his first real success. It is narrated by Tom (Williams’ real name) and presents a bleakly compassionate view of his mother and sister and the home he had to leave. In the play, Amanda Wingfield ...

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Swanhunter – CAST, Doncaster

Music: Jonathan Dove Libretto: Alisdair Middleton Director: Hannah Mulder Musical Director: Justin Doyle Reviewer: David Gann This production is a synchronistic experience. Opera was never meant to be naturalistic or one-dimensional; its roots are in the neo-Greek ideals of ‘chorus’ and ‘heroes’ and include a full range of expressions. This piece taps into that paradigm, as the six singers are ...

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Kevin Evans First performed in 1955 and prestigious winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, is widely regarded as Tennessee Williams’ finest play; indeed many might say it is one of the best of the 20th Century. It tells the story of the strife within a Mississippi ...

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The Table – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Devised and Directed: BLind SumMiT Theatre Music: Lemey and Friedel Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Blind SumMiT Theatre are puppetry innovators; innovative is adventurous, fresh, imaginative and inventive, all adjectives that fit the companies work. The Table is where Moses, the central character lives. He relates a story about God, himself, life, death and puppetry. Moses is a bit of an old ...

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