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The Empathy Experiment – The King’s Arms, Salford

Writer/Director: Rose Condo Reviewer: Sam Lowe The Empathy Experimentis structured creatively and solidly, with titles borrowing from the scientific semantic field. It is that good, it has become the inspiration for the structure of this review. Observation Rose Condo is an award-winning poet from Canada. The objective of this spoken word, experimental performance about an experiment is whether or not ...

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(Can this be) Home – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir Director: Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir Reviewer: Dominic Corr Writing this on the eve of the original Brexit leave date – the realisation that the past three years have resulted in drastic changes amid no change whatsoever dawns even more. That after this turmoil, nothing has been accomplished. All that has happened is the separation of a nation ...

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INTERVIEW: Dance and The VAULT Festival 2019

As the VAULT Festival enters its fourth week, The Reviews Hub’s Richard Maguire talked to Kane Husbands about his new show GIRLS, the follow-up to last year’s phenomenal BOYS. A dance piece with words, GIRLS looks at the pressure on all women to conform to a certain stereotype. Kane Husbands created his physical theatre company, The PappyShow, in 2013, and ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Boy Child, The New Theatre – Dublin

Creators: FeliSpeaks and Dagogo Hart Reviewer: Laura Marriott Boy Child begins with a dark stage. Performers are dressed in black and the use of props is kept to a minimal. It was clear from the off that this is a production that sets out to paint a story with words. The background is kept clear to avoid distracting from the poetry ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Astronaut – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Joe Wright Reviewer: Saoirse Anton On the 11thof September 2018, a number of housing activists are removed from a vacant house they are occupying on North Frederick Street by an unidentified security firm, supported by the Garda Public Order Unit. On the 12thof September 2018, hundreds of protesters shut down O’Connell Street with a sit-in before accompanying the occupiers ...

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Nina: A Story About me and Nina Simone –  The Lowry, Salford

Concept: Josette Bushell-Mingo Director: Dritëro Kasapi Reviewer Matthew Forrest I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor following some blistering tunes from the Nina Simone song-book, courtesy of the uber-talented singing powerhouse Josette Bushell-Mingo. She absolutely nails versions of Sinnerman, I wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free and Revolution. However, it’s a long road before ...

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[Insert Slogan Here] – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Sam Ward Reviewer: Jo Beggs Following a scratch performance at the Royal Exchange last Summer, YESYESNONO bring [Insert Slogan Here] to the PUSH festival at HOME, which showcases local companies and performers. Comparing the show descriptions, though, suggests that writer and performer Sam Ward has made some significant changes to the piece for what he describes as “the first ...

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Glue  – Ovalhouse, London

Writer and Performer: Louise Wallwein Director: Susan Roberts Reviewer: Richard Maguire   There’s an empty seat in the audience. Its emptiness is accentuated by the single spotlight that illuminates it. Someone hasn’t turned up and poet Louise Wallwein isn’t sure if she can start her show. The next 70 minutes is a quest to find this missing person. Ostensibly, this ...

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