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Black Men Walking – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Testament Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Dominic Corr Every breath of the landscape in this country echoes the lives of thousands across history. Beneath the soil, the lives of the rich, poor, women, men, Romans and black men and women lay forgotten to but a few. On the first Saturday, of every month, Matthew, Richard and Thomas walk these peaks ...

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Noughts & Crosses – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Sabrina Mahfouz from the novel by Malorie Blackman Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Imagine an alternative Britain. A Britain in which discrimination on the basis of your skin colour is rife. Where the underclass isn’t allowed mobile phones or even such luxuries as milk every day. Where schools and jobs are segregated. In this Britain, the ruling class ...

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Noughts & Crosses – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Malorie Blackman Adaptor:  Sabrina Mahfouz Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Producers are unanimous in their belief in the dramatic potential of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crossesnovels. There has already been one stage adaptation and later this year there will be a TV version on the BBC. The story is set in an alternative reality where society is strictly ...

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Holes – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Louis Sachar Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith Having got his tenure as Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse off to a solid start with local mining paean Wonderland, Adam Penford here significantly raises the bar with this unendingly inventive and entertaining adaptation of Louis Sachar’s modern classic novel Holes. This is a clever and intelligently directed combination of humour, silliness, ...

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Rose – Home Theatre, Manchester.

Janet Suzman as Rose sits on a white stool

Writer: Martin Sherman. Director: Richard Beecham. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. Martin Sherman’s play first premiered at the National Theatre in 1999, and today it is still relevant and poignant. Rose is a one person show about an eighty-year-old woman called Rose who lives in Miami, Florida. Rose takes the audience on a journey through her long life, this is an epic ...

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Absent Friends – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: James Garrington We all find ourselves living by certain social norms, and hate saying the wrong thing; putting a group of people into an awkward social situation can provide huge opportunities for humour. Alan Ayckbourn is a master of the art, and such is the quality of Ayckbourn’s writing that it is relatively ...

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Absent Friends – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

  Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director : Michael Cabot Reviewer:Michael Gray The theatre of embarrassment. A very English genre, and one of which Ayckbourn is the undisputed master. There’s no better example than this gem from forty years ago. An era cleverly captured in Simon Kenny’s evocative set. York Stone fireplace (electric fire where the log-burner would be today), frosted glass ...

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Saturday Night Fever – Milton Keynes Theatre

Adaptors: Robert Stigwood &Bill Oakes Music &Lyrics: The Bee Gees Director: Ryan McBryde Reviewer: Maggie Constable   Get that arm and the first finger ahoy and pointing ready to bust some moves, or at least watch them, for the iconic Saturday Night Fever is in town this week! When a certain John Travolta sashayed onto the dance floor in the ...

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