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The Perfect Murder – Grand Opera House, York

The Perfect Murder - Photo Alistair Muir

Writer: Peter James, adapted by Shaun McKenna Music: Laura Tisdall Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent At the very top of The Perfect Murder we meet Victor Smiley (Robert Daws) who tells us, in no uncertain terms that he plans to kill his wife. He is then joined by a prostitute, his lover Kamila Walcak (Simona Armstrong) with whom he ...

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Othello – Gulliver’s, Manchester

Othello - Lass Productions

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Michael Whittaker Reviewer: Brian Gorman Billed as the first production of Othello to be set in a football club, Manchester-based Lass Productions’ latest effort gives a nice new spin on this classic tale of interracial love destroyed by the ‘green-eyed monster’. Venezia FC have a new manager in the charismatic and passionate Othello (George Oluyinka), but ...

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AoD: Helen – The Lowry, Salford

AoD - Helen

Co-devised by Tamsin Shasha and Jonathan Young Director: Jonathan Young Reviewer: Peter Jacobs AoD (Actors of Dionysus) was founded in 1993 to put modern flesh on the bones of ancient Greek drama. Helen is their take on the story of Helen of Troy and reimagines her within a modern political conflict setting. Helen’s story trails away after her return from ...

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Double Death – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Double Death - Blackpool Grand

Writer: Simon Williams Director: Philip Stuart Reviewer: Mark Clegg Identical twins have long been a staple cliché within mysteries and thrillers, offering as they do an opportunity to keep the audience guessing and in some cases allowing the writer to easily escape a tangled narrative. This play thankfully uses this device for the former reason and manages (just about) to ...

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Teh Internet is Serious Business – The Royal Court, London

Teh Internet Is Serious Business - Royal Court - (C) Johan Persson

Writer: Tim Price Director: Hamish Pirie Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Bringing together chatrooms, memes, anarchy and anonymity, Tim Price’s new play explores the chaotic and lawless rise of hacker activists Anonymous and the hugely powerful but short-lived hacking cohort, LulzSec. Having previously written plays about protest and Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, Price is no stranger to politics, activism and leaked information ...

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What is Future I? [W.I.F.I]- The Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall


Writer: Emma Minihan Director: Emma Minihan and Charlie Limm Reviewer: Katherine Burr   The cast of What is Future I? [W.I.F.I] explores the social media addiction of the modern age by joining the audience for old-fashioned tea and cake.  As both the audience and performers refill their coffee cups, writer Emma Minihan challenges contemporary technological dependence in the quaint, gingham ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Hamlet – The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin

HAMLET - Dublin Theatre Festival

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Thomas Ostermeier Reviewer: Bryan Hogan The 55th Dublin Theatre Festival began with the Irish Premiere of Schaubühne Berlin’s Hamlet at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre. This is the first time for the Dublin Theatre festival to use this space and long may it continue. Director Thomas Ostermeier takes Hamlet by the throat and strips it of ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: If These Spasms Could Speak – Project Arts Centre, Dublin


Director: Sam Rowe Musical Director: Scott Twynholm Reviewer: Sophie Everton Ryan If These Spasms Could Speak is an hour-long comedic and reflective performance that unfurls and celebrates life, created and performed by Robert Softley. Softley interweaves his personal monologue of his life with cerebral palsy with snippets from other lives of people with disabilities. Scott Twynholm’s musical direction works successfully ...

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