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The Jumper Factory – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Josh Parr Reviewer: Andrea Allen Created in collaboration with inmates at HMP Wandsworth and written by Luke Barnes The Jumper Factory melds together authentic voices of prison inmates into a single narrative of a prisoner fighting to exist in a world that moves on without them. Though the prisoners who inspired Barnes’ central figure have been unable ...

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Jesus Hopped the A Train – Young Vic Theatre, London

Writer: Stephen Adly Guirgis Director: Kate Hewitt Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Our first experience of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the A Train is of Angel Cruz, an incarcerated Latino man, desperately trying to remember the Lord’s Prayer (“Howard be thy name?”) while other unseen prisoners tell him in the earthiest of ways to shut up. Many have taken from the play’s ...

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NEWS: 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting launches at London’s Young Vic

“To write a play is an act of bravery” Kwame Kwei-Armah announced at the official launch of the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting held at the Young Vic Theatre where he is the Artistic Director and Chair of this year’s judging panel. Bruntwood has launched the career of several of theatre’s rising stars including in the same year winners Anna ...

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Twelfth Night- Young Vic, London

Creator: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shania Taub Directors: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The first show by a new Artistic Director is an important indicator of what’s to come, a chance to establish the tone for the ensuing years with a memorable statement about the kind of theatre they want to make. In assuming responsibility for the Young ...

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Fun Home   – Young Vic, London

Music:  Jeanine Tesori   Book and Lyrics:  Lisa Kron Director: Sam Gold Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, this intelligent musical comes to London laden with Tony awards from its run on Broadway. For a story with a father’s suicide at its heart, this is not your usual hedonistic musical, but a powerful exploration of the ...

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The Inheritance: Part Two – Young Vic, London

Writer: Matthew Lopez Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Maryam Philpott “The only way to fix heartache is to risk more” claims the character of E. M. Forster in the second part of Matthew Lopez’s epic new play The Inheritance, and while the earlier performance was concerned with political statements and the art of narrative, the concluding half puts its characters through ...

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The Inheritance: Part One – Young Vic, London

Writer: Matthew Lopez Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The cultural impact of Tony Kusher’s 1990s epic Angels in America cannot be underestimated; a once-in-a-decade piece of theatre that actively changed our understanding of the experience of homosexuality. A year on from the National Theatre’s spectacular revival, the world premiere of Matthew Lopez’s equally epic two-part piece The Inheritance could ...

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The Brothers Size – Young Vic, London

Writer: Tarell Alvin McCraney Director: Bijan Sheibani Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As David Lan comes to the end of his tenure as artistic director of the Young Vic, and with Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Moonlight coming up to the anniversary of its Best Picture win at the Academy Awards, what better time to revive the theatre’s production of McCraney’s fable of black ...

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