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Why The Whales Came – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director: Dani Parr Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Michael Morpurgo’s writing for children has become such an integral part of modern English literature that many adaptations of his truly heartfelt stories have now touched a second or third generation. Theatrical adaptations of his work, most notably War Horse, of course, has changed the theatrical landscape in the last decade. ...

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good dog – Watford Palace Theatre, London

Writer: Arinzé Kene Director: Natalie Ibu Reviewer: Stephen Bates A 13-year-old boy looks out from the balcony of his tower block flat and surveys the community below him, making wry and cutting observations a little like the narrator in Under Milk Wood. He sees wrongdoing but vows that he will, himself, stay on the straight and narrow, hoping that his ...

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Laila the Musical – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Music: Sumeet Chopra Lyrics: Dougal Irvine Director: Pravesh Kumar Reviewer: Rich Jevons Rifco, are a company celebrated for presenting the underrepresented voices of British Asians. With Laila the Musical they have adapted a tale going back to 7th Century Persia, and the production has been described as a “Romeo &Juliet for the East”. As in the Shakespeare classic, the lovers ...

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Folk – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Patrick Bridgman_Stephen, Connie Walker_Winnie, Chloe Harris_Kayleigh in Folk

Writer: Tom Wells Director:Tessa Walker Reviewer: Mattie Bagnall Tom Wells is at it again. His ability to write socially relevant plays such as Jumpers for Goalposts and Me, As A Penguin has earned him the reputation of being a leading figure in theatre’s new writing. His latest play Folk premieres at the Birmingham REP and is co-produced with Hull Truck ...

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Deranged Marriage – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer and Director: Pravesh Kumar Producer: Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre Reviewer: David Gann Duty or love? We dutifully clapped, and some loved it. A response to The Deranged Marriage needs to acknowledge a cultural perspective. This production, whatever else one may say, achieved a heart-warming shift of ethnicity in the Leeds going theatre audience. There is a script that ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Zodwa Nyoni

Opening the new spring/summer season at West Yorkshire Playhouse is an exploration of family bonds and overwhelming love in Zodwa Nyoni’s first full length play Boi Boi is Dead. The Public Reviews’ Rich Jevons talks to the writer about her career as well as the content and form of her latest work. You were born in Zimbabwe – could you ...

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Stick Man – The Spiegeltent: St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Director: Sally Cookson Music: Benji Bower Reviewer: Lesley J. Russell Three actors take to the stage to sing, tell, mime and act out Julia Donaldson’s well-loved story of Stick Man. With colorful costume and props they bring the beloved story alive. Taking on the physicality of a stick!, Nick Howden takes us through the adventure and dangers Stick Man faces ...

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Pirate Gran – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Geraldine Durrant and Rose Forshall Adaptor: Scamp Theatre Director: Pieter Lawman Reviewed by Clare Boswell Leading Children’s Theatre Company Scamp's latest touring production, in association with Watford's Palace Theatre, is Pirate Gran. Gran is the type of feisty grandparent every young child would love to have. She bakes, knits and most impressively of all she is a pirate! She ...

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