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Flare Path – Liverpool Playhouse

Philip Franks and Olivia Hallinan in Flare Path

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Terence Rattigan has been receiving a revival somewhat of late with several West End productions in the last five years; Cause Celebre, Flare Path, The Deep Blue Sea. This production by Original Theatre Company, who created the incredibly successful stage version of Birdsong, remains rooted firmly in the time it was ...

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Catch 22 – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Joseph Heller Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer:Andy Moseley This should have been so good. An iconic novel brought to the UK stage for the first time, with an adaptation by the author and a production by one of the most creative and talented companies in the country. So why, in spite of all the promise, does it only merit three ...

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Catch-22 – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Joseph Heller Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan On the initial publication of Joseph Heller’s satirical masterpiecein 1961, the New York Herald Tribune hailed Catch-22 as ‘a wild, moving, shocking, hilarious, raging, exhilarating, giant roller-coaster of a book’. Much of the same could be said of Heller’s own stage adaptation, currently on tour with Northern Stage at the Oxford ...

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What The Women Did – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writers: Gwen John, Herbert Tremaine (Maude Deuchar), JM Barrie Director: Tricia Thorns Reviewer: Ian Foster The centenary of the First World War will doubtless be marked in many a way in the nation’s theatres so the Southwark Playhouse have wisely got in early with this triple bill of lesser known plays which focuses on those left behind. What The Women ...

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Lizzie Siddal – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Jeremy Green Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Lou Flaxman [rating:4] Elizabeth Siddal is arguably the most famous face of pre-Raphaelite painting. Well-recognised as Rossetti’s first muse and the subject of thousands of his portraits, she was immortalised in one of the most significant paintings of the period, posing as the drowned Ophelia in Millais’ painting of the same name. Jeremy ...

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Virgin – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Writer: EV Crowe Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:2.5] EV Crowe’s latest play Virgin comes to us under the auspices of Watford Palace’s Ideal World season, exploring the way that the digital revolution has impacted on human relationships, but it crowbars so much into its 80 minutes that the brief ends up feeling a little constrictive. Working mother Emily ...

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Sour Lips – Ovalhouse, London

Writer: Omar El-Khairy Director: Carissa Hope Lynch Reviewer: Lizzie Kirkwood [rating:3] Sour Lips tells the true story of Amina Arraf, the blogger known as ‘A Gay Girl In Damascas’. The blog claimed to document the life of Amina Abdallah Arraf al-Omari, a half-Syrian, half-American lesbian living in Damascus. The blog mainly followed her personal life and relationships, but she also ...

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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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