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Sold – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Amantha Edmead Director: Euton Daley Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Sold is a bold, urgent piece of theatre that explores the brutality of slavery through the eyes of author and abolitionist, Mary Prince. Fusing passionate storytelling with drumming, dance and song, Sold is a hard-hitting but ultimately uplifting play about one woman’s journey towards freedom. Born into enslavement in Bermuda in ...

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Sick – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Shey Hargreaves Director: Molly Naylor Reviewer: Scott Matthewman One of the publishing successes of 2018’s This is Going to Hurt, doctor-turned-performer Adam Kay’s memoir of working on the frontlines of the NHS. The winning combination of humour and the devastating effects of the demands placed on those working on in the Health Service resulted in a compelling read, and ...

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Quest – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Breaking Tradition Director: Damien Barber Reviewer: Sam Lowe You are about to enter the virtual land of Quest.It is inside a computer game where folk dance, hip hop, martial arts, and "nostalgic" gaming music can be encountered. This is an intriguing premise. Unfortunately, it's one of those scenarios where it maybe looks amazing in your imagination, but fails to ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Confirmation – The Lir, Dublin

Writer: Anthony Keigher Music: Sally Ó Dúnlaing Reviewer: Saoirse Anton “I left Anthony in Ireland and took Xnthony with me.” Confirmation is a musical memoir about growing up in Roscommon, coming out as gay, finding a new life in London, and returning home to understand it and belong in a new way. It is about finding the in-between spaces in which ...

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INTERVIEW: Tafadzwa Muchenje on Where We Began

The UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary, Stand and Be Counted, present Where We Began, a wild and vivid vision of the future that combines storytelling, movement and live music. Five performers from across the globe challenge existing notions of ‘home’ in a multilingual celebration of personal identity.  They consist of Shireen Farkhoy as The Transition Guide (Persian British Actor), ...

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The Search For The Black-Browed Albatross – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Samantha Miles Director: Simon Panayi Reviewer: Jo Beggs Charlie’s only twenty when her Dad dies. She hasn’t seen him for the past couple of years. Life has just been too busy. In her Dad’s old things she finds the ‘life list’ of birds that he set out to spot, all done apart from one – the rarest – at ...

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The B*easts  – The Bush, London

Writer: Monica Dolan Director: John Hoggarth Reviewer: Richard Maguire It may take a while to understand the point of the asterisk in the title of this show, but once you’ve figured it out, it gives you a clear clue to what this play is about. Even in 2018, the word is still considered by some to be a dirty word, ...

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549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

four men in a pub

Writers: Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon Director: Jack Nurse Reviewer: Torran McEwan It’s a night at the pub like any other. Four lads sit about debating politics and knocking back pints. Suddenly, the lights go out and a mysterious man appears. When the lights come back on, he’s gone, but his suitcase remains. Luckily Ellen, the bartender, has been researching ...

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