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Rebus: Long Shadows – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writers: Ian Rankin and Rona Munro Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: James Garrington Detective Inspector John Rebus has retired. Or at least, that’s the theory. Then the daughter of a murder victim suddenly appears on the stairs outside his flat, and he’s drawn back into his past. Haunted by the memories of cases that went unsolved, he throws himself back into ...

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Penguins – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Three dancers dressed as penguins step out

Choreographer: Carlos Pons Guerra Director: Paul Bosco McEneany Reviewer: John Kennedy Penguins is based on the true story of two male Chinstrap penguins at Central Park Zoo, New York, who, for gender confusions too complicated to contemplate, attempt to hatch a chick from a lump of rock. Good luck to the infant school teachers explaining that one to their delightful ...

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The Quiet House – Park Theatre,London

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer:Stephen Bates Who would ever want kids? As infants, they fill the house with noise and then they grow to become uncontrollable delinquents. Gareth Farr begins his play, first seen at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, with these propositions and then tells us how the couple around which it centres want nothing more in the world ...

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The Quiet House – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Michelle Bonnard as Jess in The Quiet House

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Mattie Bagnall The Quiet House is not so quiet after all. This bold, dramatic piece of new writing by Gareth Farr is brought to life in a compelling and gripping way by director Tessa Walker. Upon entering The DOOR the audience is greeted by a stylish, contemporary studio flat; but fear not, you ...

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Of Mice and Men – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: John Steinbeck (based on his novel) Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   Relevant to what is happening worldwide today, as displaced people struggle to find work and a home, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men packs as potent a punch as ever. Based on Steinbeck’s own experiences back in the 1920s, it tells the story of two migrant ...

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Of Mice and Men – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Kristian Phillips and William Rodell in Of Mice And Men

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Gareth Davies When you overhear another audience member likening the main character of this classic American tale to Benny fromCrossroads, it's hard not to think that something could be slightly awry on the stage. But there is certainly something which doesn't connect, or isn't consistent, or just doesn't hit the mark about this ...

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Folk – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Patrick Bridgman_Stephen, Connie Walker_Winnie, Chloe Harris_Kayleigh in Folk

Writer: Tom Wells Director:Tessa Walker Reviewer: Mattie Bagnall Tom Wells is at it again. His ability to write socially relevant plays such as Jumpers for Goalposts and Me, As A Penguin has earned him the reputation of being a leading figure in theatre’s new writing. His latest play Folk premieres at the Birmingham REP and is co-produced with Hull Truck ...

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Of Mice and Men – Nottingham Theatre Royal

Of Mice And Men

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Dave Smith John Steinbeck’s classic tale of two very different men crossing America together in search of what on the surface seems like a shared dream has been seen on our stages fairly regularly over the last few years. That could not only be because it’s a very good story with strong dramatic ...

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