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Merit – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer : Alexandra Wood Director : Jennie Darnell Reviewer : Joan Phillips Alexandra Wood’s new play takes the friction between rich and poor and turns the usual arguments, suspects and themes upside down. Sofia has recently managed to get a well paid job as PA to a wealthy, successful city banker. She quickly finds herself defending her new employer to ...

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What the Dickens – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer : Abigail Andersen, Mark Dawson, Neil Haigh, Emily Murphy Director : Abigail Andersen Reviewer : Joan Phillips   Part Dickens, part Sherlock Holmes, What the Dickensis a farcical detective mystery set in the foggy, grimy streets of Victorian London. The evening starts with some promise. The young Charles Dickens is at the beginning of his career working as a ...

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Free – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: David Lane Director: Chris Elwell Reviewer: Joan Phillips David Lane’s new play, Free, brings together a confusing mix of ideas at The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth and it doesn’t really work. Two troubled teenagers, Kris and Zara, meet in London. Kris is revealed to be trying to overcome the recent trauma of seeing his friend, Seb, fall to his ...

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The Angry Brigade – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: James Graham Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Joan Phillips After his sell out success with This House, James Graham returns to familiar ground reminding us of the social and political upheavals of the 1970s in his new play The Angry Brigade. A group of self-styled anarchists set about a bombing campaign aimed at high profile targets such as politicians, buildings ...

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WHAT’S HOT – Week beginning Monday 22nd September 2014

An eclectic mix of shows have been chosen for you this week by our regional editors – a mix of new plays, revivals and dance cover topics from World War I, Witchcraft and the Builders Strike. As always we would love to know if you have seen any of our picks, or you if you want to recommend anything yourself. ...

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Sizwe Banzi is Dead – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Athol Fugard Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Marina Spark The anti-apartheid themes of freedom and independence that run through this 1972 play are communicated from the off with the audience entering the auditorium through different gates according to their race. Sibusiso Mamba strongly sets the tone, brashly directing audience members to their race-specific gate. The play's thoughtful attack on the ...

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Barbershopera: El Matador – A Close Christmas Shave – The Drum, Plymouth

Writer: Tom Sadler &Rob Castell Director: Sarah Tipple Reviewer: Marina Spark Back for the fourth year running at The Drum theatre, Plymouth, award winning Barbershopera deliver yet another festive feast for the eyes and ears. This year's offering is entitled El Matador - A Close Christmas Shave and is the perfect antidote to a bitterly cold winter's night. The story ...

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Solid Air: Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Doug Lucie Director: Mike Bradwell Reviewer: Joseph Leigh [Rating:4] Solid Air is a superb, beautiful, thought provoking piece of new theatre that rewards the audience from the moment they walk in until the final applause has died away. The talented cast of six each bring truthful and heartfelt performances that capture the diversity of the characters without falling into ...

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