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549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writers: Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon Director: Jack Nurse Reviewer: Dominic Corr We’ve all been down the pub with this motley crew; ‘the weeman’, ‘the radge’, a ‘non-voter’ and of course, ‘the Tory’. For these pals, this is a usual evening in the seaside town of Prestonpans. They do what all friends do; drink, banter, swear and snipe at one ...

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Birdsong – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adapter: Rachel Wagstaff Director(s): Alistair Whatley & Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Dominic Corr “Never again”; the imperative words uttered regarding the First World War. Yet, in the darkest moments of human history we find an enticing light to the subject. Whether it be through respect, education or simply guilt, the lessons we garner from these times are urgent. ...

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Spring Offensive – Omnibus Theatre, London

Writer: Victoria Willing Director: Marie McCarthy Reviewer: Sophia Moss Spring Offensive is an intelligent, bleak and ambitious exploration of war tourism, disappointment, loneliness and life as a British expat. The first half of this play is compelling but, as the evening wears on, tensions rise and the laughter is replaced by awkward silences, the audience may be confused and a ...

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Goodnight, Mister Tom – New Theatre, Cardiff

Patrick Troughton in Goodnight Mr Tom

Writer: Michelle Magorian Stage Adaptation: David Wood Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer: Megan Pearce Goodnight Mister Tom is fast becoming a Great British classic. The story; originally adapted from a book, became a BAFTA award-winning TV filmand is now an enthralling and emotional theatre tour. Set in 1939, Britain is on the brink of war with Germany, and lots of ‘towny’ ...

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Private Peaceful – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor and director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War has led to a feeding frenzy of creative projects. Here, West Yorkshire Playhouse offers a short work based on Michael “War Horse” Morpurgo’s 2003 book for children, which was Blue Peter Book of the Year. Simon Reade is responsible ...

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Small War – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Valentijn Dhaenens Reviewer: Marina Spark Through its latest co-production with SKaGeN and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd the Theatre Royal, Plymouth proves once again that it is not your average regional theatre. Having just returned to Plymouth after a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Small War is a unique, technically impressive tapestry of reflections on war. Writer and ...

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ShellShock – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Writer: Tim Thomas (music, book and lyrics) Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The issue of combat “shell shock” – in a modern context, diagnosed as “combat stress reaction” or post-traumatic stress disorder – seems to be an odd subject for a musical. That’s a reaction that’s only compounded by Waterloo East’s new production, Shell Shock. Set in 1975, the ...

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Eldorado – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Marius Von Mayenburg (translated by Maja Zade) Director: Simon Dormandy Reviewer: Georgina Newman El Dorado is the mythical South American city associated with gold, greed and opportunity. Marius Von Mayenburg’s Eldorado is a war-torn city, a bourgeois world. A place so ravaged by bombs that it has become every property investor’s paradise, where everyone wants to make riches from ...

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