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Rita, Sue, and Bob Too – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer : Andrea Dunbar Director: Kate Wasserberg Reviewer: Torran McEwan ‘I don’t mess about with kids’ Bob insists to his wife, ‘how could I do a thing like that?’ Someone in the audience titters. This moment is disturbing. It illustrates Bob’s awareness that his grooming of two underage girls is wrong, but that he is unwilling to stop. Somehow in ...

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Rita, Sue and Bob Too – CAST, Doncaster

one man two young women in makeshift car in 80s clothes

Writer: Andrea Dunbar Director: Kate Wasserberg Designer: Tim Shortall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Andrea Dunbar’s 1982 play, later enlarged into a film, is the stuff of legends. Still a teenager, Dunbar had already had an earlier play, The Arbor, staged at the Royal Court. Both took a disconcertingly frank look at life on Bradford’s Buttershaw Estate where Dunbar grew up and ...

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Rita, Sue and Bob Too – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

one man two young women in makeshift car in 80s clothes

Writer:  Andrea Dunbar Director: Kate Wasserberg Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s the early 1980s and Rita, Sue and Bob have a secret: after babysitting Bob’s children, Bob gives schoolgirls Rita and Sue a lift home but rather than go straight home they divert to a local beauty spot and each girl, in turn, ‘has a jump’ with Bob. Bob tells the ...

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Rita, Sue And Bob Too – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

one man two young women in makeshift car in 80s clothes

Writer:  Andrea Dunbar Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Richard Hall In its special 50th anniversary season, Bolton’s Octagon theatre has teamed up with Out of Joint and London’s Royal Court Theatre to revive this classic 1980’s coming of age play. Playwright Andrea Dunbar was discovered by Max Stafford-Clark when he was running the Royal Court and was only 19 when she ...

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Educating Rita – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Mark Babych Designer: James Turner Reviewer: Ron Simpson Watching Educating Rita on stage in 2016 is a slightly odd experience, enjoyable nonetheless. The play’s on-stage history, with many more productions in the last six or seven years than in the previous 20, suggests a current wish to get back to the original after years of domination ...

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East Is East – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Luke Walker I wonder if, when Ayub Khan Din was writing the very first musings of what would be his hit play East Is East as a twenty one year old drama student, he thought he would ever be playing the domineering patriarch of the family over thirty years later. Transferring from ...

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East is East – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Behind any sceptical dismissal of an object as a talisman, surely there has to be a recognition of its perceived impact. Even if just acting as a placebo, having something nearby that one can outsource responsibility for confidence to, like a lucky necklace or pen, can have an impact in ...

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