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Shine – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Kema Sikazwe Director: Graeme Thompson Reviewer: Dominic Corr What defines you? Is it your past, your family? Perhaps more realistically it’s the societal labels attached from unwelcomed comments; immigrant, black, poor or untalented which 'brand' us. I, Daniel Blake actor Kema Sikazwe's Shine gives an account of his own difficulties in finding his ability to not be a product ...

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Victoria – Leeds Grand

Choreography, Direction & Scenario: Cathy Marston Dramaturgy & Scenario: Uzma Hameed Music: Philip Feeney Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Queen Victoria is most notably recognised as an iconic elderly lady who spent most of her life in mourning for her late husband Albert. Previously the longest-serving monarch in British history until Elizabeth II stole her great-great-grandmother’s crown in 2015. In celebration of ...

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Casanova – The Grand, Leeds

Artistic Director: David Nixon OBE Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Original Scenario: Kenneth Tindall & Ian Kelly Music: Kerry Muzzey Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The name Casanova is synonymous with womaniser, philanderer and seducer; more a derogatory term than an historical figure. Northern Ballet prove he was much more than this in Kenneth Tindell's original adaptation for the company, readdressing this and highlighting ...

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Yen – The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Hannah Hiett You might find a story like this on the front page of the Metro, any day of any week – a child does something so horrific, so evil, so adult that it defies belief. You might wonder, for a moment, “How was this possible - how did this child get so ...

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Scuttlers – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Rona Munro Director: Wils Wilson Reviewer: Hannah Hiett It's 1885 and the streets of Manchester are crackling with energy, youth and violence in Rona Munro’s brand new play, Scuttlers. Following hot on the heels of The James Plays, which has taken the theatre world by storm, Munro has found her niche in creating historical works that speak across centuries. ...

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Seeing the Lights – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Writer: Brendan Murray Director: Stefan Escreet Reviewer: Hannah Piercy The world premiere of Brendan Murray’s family drama is a beautiful thing to watch: a cracking script supported by wonderful performances throughout the cast. Laura Cox as Mum touchingly captures her frailty in every detailed movement: the shuffling walk, the way she gets out of bed, even her mannerisms as she ...

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Chimerica – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: Lucy Kirkwood Director: Lyndsey Turner Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile [rating:5] Lucy Kirkwood’s epic yet always engaging play, ‘Chimerica’ had the whole audience gripped from its beginning right through to its end, 3 hours and 5 minutes later. This production is not for the faint hearted as the first half is 1 hour 45 minutes long but the writing, acting and ...

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