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Bouncers – Royal Court, Liverpool

Bouncers - Royal Courth Theatre

Writer: John Godber Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Abbie Rippon   Bouncers as writer John Godber plainly puts it ‘... is about working-class Britons. It is both a warning and a celebration.’ Possibly the most famous of Godber’s plays, this evening at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre does feel like a celebration. The lively audience is happily entertained by the ‘midnight circus’ ...

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Old Flames – The New Theatre, Dublin

OLDFLAMES - Sean Power

Writer: Shane Burke Director: Andrew Deering Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Written by Shane Burke and presented by Run Amok Theatre, the new black comedy, Old Flames, comes to The New Theatre. Sisters, Sorcha and Abbey, are selling their house, but it is in need of a facelift. Sorcha hires Abbey’s ex boyfriend Eddie to paint the place and his presence exacerbates ...

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The Buddy Holly Story – New Theatre, Oxford

Buddy the Musical Production shots 2011

Director: Matt Salisbury Writer: Alan Janes Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer Before The Beatles and The Stones there was Buddy Holly, a young singer/songwriter from Lubbock Texas who knew what he wanted to be and exactly what sound he wanted to make. Within a very short period of time, Buddy and his iconic thick rimmed spectacles revolutionised music for the better, and, ...

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Crude Mechanicals – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

CRUDEMECHANICALS - Bewley's Cafe Theatre

Writers: Karl Quinn & Clare Barrett Director: Karl Quinn Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Amidst the clink of knives and forks, upstairs in Bewley’s Café Theatre, lies a simple set containing five mismatched chairs. These chairs are empty, lying in wait for the characters of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However the actors never appear onstage, and what began as a promise ...

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Ablutions – Brewery Theatre, Bristol

Ablustions

Writer: Patrick deWitte Adaptor: Matthew Whittle Director: Bertrand Lesca Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman Adapted from Patrick deWitt’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, Ablutions paints a darkly comic portrait of a hapless bartender’s struggle to break free from the tedium and debauchery of life behind the bar. Set in a Hollywood dive-bar populated by eccentrics, drug addicts and losers, the ...

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Grimm Tales – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

grimm tales tron theatre glasgow

Adaptation: Carol Ann Duffy Dramatisation: Tim Supple Director: Kevin Lewis Reviewer: Rachel Clark In a world where fairy tales often come bubble wrapped in layers of Disney animation it’s easy to forget that some of our most well-loved tales were originally conceived as violent folk tales that are chilling to young children and equally haunting to adults. Theatr Iolo’s Grimm Tales takes ...

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The Dumb Waiter – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

The Dumb Waiter - King's Arms Theatre - (C) Shay Rowan Photography

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Piers Black-Hawkins Reviewer: Brian Gorman Ransack Theatre debuted this wonderful production of Pinter’s classic comedy of menace, The Dumb Waiter, in the newly-opened Lucy Davis Vaults deep in the cellar of Salford’s King’s Arms pub. A superb one act play with a single set (the basement of a house), and two actors, and a typical Pinter ...

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Beowulf – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

beowulf tron theatre glasgow

Adaptation: Seamus Heaney Director: Lynne Parker Designer: Charlotte Lane Reviewer: Rachel Clark The epic tale of Beowulf usually conjures images of fire breathing dragons, gruesome monsters and spectacular land battles yet in the Tron Theatre’s Changing House Lynne Parker’s production of the influential text has stripped  Beowulf to its natural core. Alone, Seamus Heaney’s translation reads with an elegant fluency; paired with the Tron Theatre ...

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