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I Am Thomas – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Cast of Told By An Idiot's - I Am Thomas

Music: Iain Johnstone Lyrics: Simon Armitage Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Jon Wainwright The lights go down, and in the darkness we hear the knocking in of nails and the sawing of wood. Given even the barest acquaintance with the historical facts behind this story, these sounds evoke not the socially useful activity of, say, building a house but the erecting ...

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I Am Thomas – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Told by an Idiot Music: Iain Johnstone Lyrics: Simon Armitage Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Gareth Davies A little bit of local history is brought to life at the Lyceum as the life of Thomas Aikenhead, the last person to be executed in the UK for blasphemy, is given a vivid, musical-comedy treatment. Described as a brutal comedy with songs, ...

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I Am Thomas – The Lowry, Salford

Cast of Told By An Idiot's - I Am Thomas

Music: Iain Johnstone Lyrics: Simon Armitage Writers: Told by an Idiot Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Iain Sykes Who is Thomas Aikenhead? Or as the opening song of Told by an Idiot’s I Am Thomas more colourfully asks, Thomas Aikenhead, Who the f*** are you? Well (history lesson time), he was the last person in Britain to be hanged for the ...

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The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

The Odyssey by Simon Armitage

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Christy Ku   “Grief for the missing is worse than the grief for the dead.” A high-ranking government minister is sent abroad to Istanbul as a representative on a diplomatic mission. Smith is a man who has already missed too many birthdays and hospital visits, been too absent from home, when a bar ...

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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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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Luke Wright on Latitude

As the poetry and spoken word line-up is announced for this year’s 10th anniversary edition of the Latitude Festival, poet Luke Wright, who curates the festival’s Poetry Tent, talks to Glen Pearce about programming the festival and his brand new touring shows.   You’ve been associated with Latitude since the beginning – did you ever imagine it would become the ...

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NEWS: Poetry line-up announced for 10th Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival has today announced details of the poetry line-up for the 10thEdition of the Suffolk based festival. Host and co-programmer of the Latitude Festival’s Poetry Arena,Luke Wrighthas worked with Tania Harrison to turn Latitude into one of the largest poetry events in Europe. Luke will preview his new Edinburgh show,What I Learned From Johnny Bevanat the festival this year. ...

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