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London Film Festival – Us Among The Stones

Writer and Director: Dictynna Hood Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A dysfunctional family gather for a birthday party to finally reveal all the dark secrets that for reasons no one can fathom have never been revealed before at any number of parties the family have previously attended together. So goes the oh so standard narrative treatment which Dictynna Hood applies to her ...

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London Film Festival: Happy New Year Colin Burstead

Writer and Director: Ben Wheatley Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The country house drama is a British staple, the often-unexpected gathering of people resulting in secrets being unearthed and sometimes even murder most foul. Over the years writers and directors have given it a different twist including Robert Altman’s precursor to Downton Abbey, Gosford Park, a piercing examination of class and social ...

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Loot – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Michel Fentiman Reviewer: Stephen Bates   When Joe Orton’s life was cut short so cruelly in 1967, he left behind only a small body of works. Loot was his second stage hit, following quickly on the heels of Entertaining Mr Sloane and, 52 years after its first appearance, its ability to shock audiences has, inevitably, diminished. ...

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Hedda Gabler – National Theatre, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hedda Gabler is one of theatre’s foremost roles for women. The part is so complex and internalised that it is often compared to Hamlet, and for many female actors attempting it remains a mark of their seriousness as a performer. Hedda’s fascination lies in the many interpretations that the role ...

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The Hudsucker Proxy – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Sam Raimi Adaptor: Simon Dormandy Director: Simon Dormandy and Toby Sedgwick Reviewer: Jo Beggs Translating a Hollywood film script to the stage is hardly unknown – it’s a great way to bring familiarity to your theatrical season – and judging by Kneehigh’s recent Rebecca, it might well bring lots of folks out who don’t ...

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Pests – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Vivienne Franzmann Director: Lucy Morrison Reviewer: Marina Spark Clean Break theatre company pride themselves on researching and telling the stories of women who are/have been in prison and who are likely to offend again. Pests stays true to that company goal and here the tale of two sisters is told. They are perpetually stuck in a cycle of self ...

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Pests – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Vivienne Franzmann Director: Lucy Morrison Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Covered in mattresses, blankets, and sofas with their innards spilling out, the stage of the Jerwood theatre upstairs has been turned into dank, dark nest. Pink’s flat is part haven, part cell and into it, fresh from a real prison, walks her younger sister Rolly. Heavily pregnant, and clutching her prison ...

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Pests – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Vivienne Franzmann Director: Lucy Morrison Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Pests is a journey through the troubled and traumatised lives of two women who despite the horrors of much of what they have suffered and some of what they have done, keep trying to start again and keep caring about each other. The play takes place in a wonderfully evocative ...

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