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Rasheeda Speaking – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Joel Drake Johnson Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Richard Maguire After causing some controversy in Chicago, where it is set, and New York, Rasheeda Speaking now receives its UK premiere in the snug upstairs space at the Trafalgar Studios. The play’s frank examination of a relationship between a white woman and a black woman, both working as receptionists in a doctor’s ...

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Trouble in Mind – The Print Room at the Coronet, London

Writer: Alice Childress Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Theatre is about unity; a group of performers and creatives coming together with an audience to tell stories. But this idea implies there is equality between these groups, which is still far from the case. Alice Childress’ 1955 play Trouble in Mind which transfers from the Theatre Royal in Bath to ...

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Trouble In Mind – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Alice Childress Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes In the aftermath of a brutal 2016 election dividing the US along racial lines, Trouble in Mind offers a particularly timely glimpse of segregation in mid-20th Century America. Laurence Boswell’s latest production for the Ustinov revives Alice Childress’ trailblazing but overlooked work, originally produced Off Broadway in 1955; a race-play-within-a-race-play. It’s ...

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Hamlet – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Hamlet at RST

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This is Denmark in name alone. Simon Godwin’s Hamlet, with Paapa Essiedu in the title role, relocates the rotten affairs of the Danish state to an unspecified West African court, where Claudius rules Elsinore like a military dictator and tribal symbolism is mixed with junta-like soldiery throughout. The shift is a ...

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Joanne – Soho Theatre, London

  Writers: Deborah Bruce, Theresa Ikoko, Laura Lomas, Chino Odimba, Ursula Rani Sarma Director: Roisin McBrinn Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Hindsight is a wonderful thing. In the wake of a tragic event, it is so easy to look back and attempt to pinpoint the exact moment that things went wrong – where a different decision could have been made which ...

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LATITUDE 2015: Joanne

Artist(s): Tanya Moodie for Clean Break Writers: Chino Odimba, Theresa Ikoko, Ursula Rani Sarma, Deborah Bruce, Laura Lomas Director: Roisin McBrinn Venue: The Little House Reviewer: Glen Pearce Mental Health provision is a hot topic at the moment. While the various service providers are placed under the microscope there’s often a forgotten group. Like a stone thrown into the Latitude ...

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Fences – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:4] In 2009 Lenny Henry appeared as Othello in a Northern Broadsides production, to widespread critical acclaim, and it is fair to say that since then he has never looked back. 2012 saw him appearing in The Comedy of Errors at The National Theatre and here he is branching out to ...

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Fences – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:3.5] Recently very much a part of the Comic Relief Red Nose Day fundraising fun, Lenny Henry has also been seen on the West End stage in Othello, a rôle he performed with great presence and utter believability. In Fences, Theatre Royal Bath’s production at Milton Keynes this week, he takes ...

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