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BRIGHTON FRINGE: In Loving Memory of Pat Riarchy – One Church

By: Clap Back Club Reviewer: Simon Topping The congregation are all gathered in Brighton’s One Church to celebrate the life, or more accurately the death of, Pat Riarchy: father, husband and complete psychopathic narcissist. And as the tiny coffin trundles up the middle of the hall to be placed in position the ceremony begins. Pat, it would seem has touched ...

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Out Of Water  – The Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Zoe Cooper Director:  Guy Jones Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Zoe Cooper’s last play Jess and Joe Forever was a big hit for The Orange Tree Theatre in 2016, and her new play Out Of Water seems certain to repeat that success. A lyrical examination of gender’s position in evolution and, importantly, the education system, Out Of Water is nothing less than remarkable. Londoner ...

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The King and I – Manchester Opera House

Book: Oscar Hammerstein II Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Bartlett Sher Reviewer: Matt Forrest As soon as the steamer glides onto the stage, you hear the opening note of I Whistle A Happy Tune, you know you’re in safe hands and are about to be treated to something special. For the arrival of the huge boat into ...

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The Glass Piano  – The Print Room at The Coronet, London

Writer: Alix Sobler Director:  Max Key Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Thinking you were made of glass was, apparently, not an unusual psychological condition in the past and in Alix Sobler’s new play at The Print Room Princess Alexandria of Bavaria is certain that as a child she swallowed, whole, a glass piano. This play, based on real people, could be an ...

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The Amber Trap  –  Theatre503, London

Writer: Tabitha Mortiboy Director:  Hannah Hauer-King Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Unfortunately, there is a line in The Amber Trap, Theatre503’s new play, when one character explains her girlfriend’s behaviour by saying, ‘She’s joking, it’s just that she’s not funny.’ This observation just about sums up the whole show. Lovers Hope and Katie work in a corner shop in the Manchester area, ...

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Club Tropicana – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Michael Gyngell Directors:  Samuel Holmes and Nick Winston Reviewer:  Richard Maguire According to the song by 1980s band Wham!, Club Tropicana has it all. Free drinks. Fun and sunshine enough for everyone. All that’s missing, George and Andrew sing, is the sea. But this ‘80s jukebox musical of the same name is missing more than the sea. It also lacks ...

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Mark Thomas: Check Up, Our NHS at 70 – Liverpool Playhouse

Director: Nicolas Kent Reviewer: Matt Forrest This must be the first time I’ve attended a comedy show where half way through there is a projected video of a stomach operation, whilst a laid-back jazz track plays out, with Thomas bellowing “staple, cut, staple”. But then again, this no normal show; this is a show about an institution that has impacted ...

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