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A Little Hero  – The White Bear Theatre, London

Writer:  Valeriy Pecheykin Director:  Charlotte Evans Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Many of us can remember Thatcher’s Clause 28 of 1988, which prohibited the promotion of homosexuality by local boroughs, and the teaching in schools of homosexuality as a ‘pretended’ family relationship. In 2013 Russia introduced its own version where homosexuality cannot be discussed in front of children. A Little Hero, a Russian ...

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Faces in the Crowd – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Leo Butler Director: Law Ballard Reviewer: Stephen Bates “It’s bigger than it looks from the outside” observes Joanne; “We call it Tardis” responds Dave. They are talking about the studio flat on the fringes of London’s East End of which Dave is sub-tenant, but they could just as well be talking about the pub theatre that is staging this ...

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The Lady With a Dog – White Bear Theatre, London

Original story: Anton Chekhov Adaptor and director: Mark Giesser Reviewer: Stephen Bates Starting with a short story written by Anton Chekhov in 1899, writer and director Mark Giesser has devised a play about marital infidelity in the mid-1920s that has the feel of Noël Coward. It hovers between the casual frivolity of Private Lives and the fraught, guilt-ridden romance of ...

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This Story of Yours  – The White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: John Hopkins Director: David Sayers Reviewer: Richard Maguire Entering the White Bear Theatre’s new digs above the Kennington pub, we hear the cackle of a police radio to prepare us for this police procedural drama first seen at the Royal Court in 1968. Interspersed in the static, are songs from the 60s. One of them is a song by ...

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Jamaica Inn – Tabard Thatre, London

Writer: Lisa Evans, adapted from the Daphne du Maurier novel Director: Anastasia Revi Reviewer: Richard Maguire The good news is that, unlike the BBC adaptation from 2014, the actors in the Tabard’s version of Jamaica Inn don’t mumble. However, the bad news is that, like the BBC show, the audience still doesn’t really know what’s going on. Even though Lisa ...

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The Tailor-Made Man – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Claudio Macor Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Stephen Bates With current stories of improprieties in the film industry seeming to be as plentiful as gold stars on Hollywood Boulevard, this revival of Claudio Macor’s The Tailor-Made Man could hardly be more timely. The play is based on the true story of William “Billy” Haines, a star of silent movies and ...

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Bunny – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Jack Thorne Director: Lucy Curtis Reviewer: Stephen Bates Writer Jack Thorne is riding on the crest of a wave right now with Harry Potter... in the running for multiple awards and heading for Broadway, but it is a big leap from a West End extravaganza to a small pub theatre production of a gritty hour-long monologue such as Bunny, first seen in 2010. ...

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Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Keith Stevenson Director: Harry Burton Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty One of the things that shines through in this scrappy play is the true endearment the writer has for the people formed and deposited at the motel on Fried Meat Ridge Road. The story, and the characters, positively glow with charm - unfortunately, the execution dims that light and ultimately makes ...

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