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Stones in His Pockets – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

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Writer: Marie Jones Director: Ian McElhinney Reviewer: Claire Hayes Stones in His Pockets has enjoyed phenomenal success since its Irish debut in 1996, with award-winning runs in the West End and on Broadway. Now this entertaining and bittersweet two-hander is returning to tour with its original director, Ian McElhinney, in charge. A quiet backwater in Kerry has been taken over ...

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Watching Goldfish Suffocate – Great Northern Playhouse, Manchester

Watching Goldfish Suffocate - Vertigo productions

Writer: David DeGiorgio & Craig Hepworth Director: Craig Hepworth Great Northern Playhouse, Manchester Reviewer: Brian Gorman Manchester’s Vertigo Theatre Productions are a pretty prolific bunch, with a seemingly non-stop conveyor belt of new plays being produced at a variety of venues on the Manchester fringe circuit. Their latest is a quite remarkable piece that straddles the terrifying border of gut-wrenching ...

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Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis –  Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

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Writer: Alexander Wright Director: Tom Beccenby Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Eighty people gather in the upper room of the Old Joint Stock Theatre for a lecture on that most famous of detectives, Sherlock Holmes. It is now three years since his untimely death at the Reichenbach Falls. Our lecturer for this evening is one Professor Selohm Söcklehr, of York University. Söcklehr ...

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Our Town – Almeida Theatre, London

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Writer: Thornton Wilder Composer: Jonathan Mastro Director: David Cromer Reviewer: Joanna Trainor   Life, love and death in the ordinary Grover’s Corners, David Cromer’s production of Our Town illustrates how much beauty there is in the simplicity of life. Miming, little scenery, ordinary clothes; everything about the piece is dressed down, and leaves you with a greater appreciation of being ...

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Call Mr. Robeson: A Life, with Songs – Alhambra, Bradford

Call Mr Robeson - Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Tayo Aluko Music: Paul Robeson Director: Olusola Oyeleye Reviewer: Sue Collier When the purchase of a Paul Robeson CD recently inspired the learning of some of his songs, attending last night’s performance of Call Mr. Robeson at the Bradford Alhambra Studio Theatre provided one with a far greater depth of understanding of the importance of Robeson’s music. Robeson has ...

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Separate Tables – Playhouse, Salisbury

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Writer: Terrance Rattigan Director: Gareth Machin Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage Picture the scene; leather Chesterfield sofas, a mantelpiece with an old ticking clock and tables set for dinner, add to this a disparate group of people and you have the opening of Salisbury Playhouse’s production of Terrance Rattigan’s play Separate Tables . Directed by Gareth Machin this play is set in ...

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Jimmy Titanic – Axis Theatre, Dublin

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Writer: Bernard McMullen Director: Carmel O’ Reilly Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Jimmy Boylan (played by Colin Hamell) has arrived at the gates of heaven, but it isn't what you would expect. After perishing on the R.M.S. Titanic he finds himself a celebrity in heaven. Fascinated with the historical disaster, residents just can't get enough of the "Titanic Boys". Bringing the audience through his ...

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Patrick Kavanagh: A Life – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

PATRICKKAVANAGHALIFE - Bewleys Cafe Theatre

Writer: PJ Brady Director: Cathal Quinn Reviewer: Clara Mallon Patrick Kavanagh: A Life, presented by Mouth on Fire, offers a glimpse into the intriguing life story of one of Ireland’s most renowned poets. Though regarded as one of the leading artists of the twentieth century, director Cathal Quinn and writer/performer PJ Brady manage to lend the sixty minute piece a commendably ...

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