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Lippy – The Peacock, Dublin

LIPPY - Jose Miguel Jimenez

Writer: Bush Moukarzel Cameo Playwright: Mark O’Halloran Director: Ben Kidd Reviewer: Cormac O'Brien A person speaks to you, but their words become distorted like in a horror movie. Their lips and face stop moving, yet still their voice continues, echoing from place to place around the auditorium. Random noises conglomerate to become a cacophonous soundscape, as rich and beautiful as ...

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The Cat in the Hat – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

The Cat in the Hat - The Pleasance

Writer: Dr Seuss adapted by Katie Mitchell Director: Lillie Collier Reviewer: Pete Benson The Cat in the Hat is a live version of the book of the same name. Theodor Geisel, better known under the pen name Dr. Seuss, wrote the book in 1957 in response to a perceived ineffectiveness of the then crop of available learning to read books.  ...

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Flann’s Yer Only Man – Theatre@36, Dublin

FLANNISYOURONLYMAN - Theatre@36

Writer and performer: Val O’Donnell Director: Terry O’Dea Reviewer: Laura Marriott Theatre@36 is in the basement of a beautiful Georgian property in Parnell Square. The stage is square and nestles amongst the comfortable seating. It is an unassuming setting for a theatre but as Bare Bodkin Theatre Company’s production proves, great theatre and great performances can happen behind any Dublin ...

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Mavericks – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Mavericks - Bewley's Cafe Theatre

Writers: Rebecca Grimes and David Farrell Director: Nick Lee Reviewer: Rachel Rafferty Inspired by the real life experience of the writers/actors, Mavericks is a play about writing a play about writing a play. Chewy (Rebecca Grimes) and Ben (David Fennelly), two out of work actors decide to incorporate ‘vignettes’ and ‘brainstorming’ as techniques when they are devising and staging their ...

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Forever Young – Nottingham Playhouse

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Writer: Erik Gedeon adapted by Giles Croft and Stefan Bednarczyk Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Phil Lowe A show that returns to the Nottingham Playhouse stage four times since its first showing in 2010 with a legion of devoted followers, some having made repeated visits to see the show must have something very special about it. Forever Young is a musical ...

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Unknown Male – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Unknown_Male_Graeme_Braidwood

Writer: Stephanie Ridings Director: Nick Walker Reviewer:  Jennie Philpot Unknown Male is a chilling account of how one man’s decision to end his life can have a devastating and lasting effect on so many others, others that were completely unknown to him or those whom he loved, but whose lives would become forever changed. The play opens at the inquest ...

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Top Hat – New Theatre, Oxford

TOP HAT THE MUSICAL DRESS REHEARSAL

Adapters: Matthew White and Howard Jacques Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer Top Hat is like a luxurious warm hug on a cold January night; you’re bound to leave the theatre feeling bright, breezy, and in high spirits after more than two hours of being immersed in this jovial musical comedy. The original film of ...

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Grounded – Arnolfini, Bristol

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Writer: George Brant Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Kris Hallett   Stranded inside a Perspex-like box, Lucy Ellinson’s pilot is trapped physically in the same way that she feels trapped by the duelling conflicts of family life and drone warfare. Grounded from flying war jets in the desert after falling pregnant, this fighter pilot soon finds herself stationed in Vegas, flying ...

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