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Muse of Fire – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

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Director: Harper Ray Reviewer:  Elizabeth Vile Fizzing with enthusiasm, this site specific production takes the audience on an interactive and imaginative journey around this unique building. A selection of intimate and detailed scenes are loosely linked together by the strange disappearance of the builders who have been working deep under the newly constructed Sam Wannamaker Theatre. The audience’s task is ...

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Rock of Ages – Milton Keynes Theatre

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Writer: Chris D’Arienzo   Director: Kristin Hanggi Reviewer: Maggie Constable You will feel you want to be donning the lycra and the leg warmers this week when award-winning Rock Of Ages The Musical hits Milton Keynes Theatre with a big 1980s bang and hair to match! No doubt you will also be tapping those toes, doing a bit of air ...

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Cortez – The 14th Street Y, New York

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Writer: Judith Goudsmit Director: David Riley Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos The charm of the NY Fringe Festival lies in its relatively low-tech productions that tell urgent stories.  Cortez, generated by an inspiring group called Milkwood Theater, is a perfect example.  In this piece, we are introduced to two marine biologists researching a species of underwater life called the Tomatians.  (It’s a ...

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Crave – Sgouros Theatre, New York

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Writer: Sarah Kane Director: Gregory Kowalski Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos   Not everyone responds to the work of Sarah Kane, and those who do often do not respond the same way.  Kane wrote five turbulent, emotional plays (and one short screenplay) before her life was tragically cut short by suicide at the age of 28.  When her work does not depict ...

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Janice Joplin: Full Tilt – Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh

Janice Joplin Full Tilt

Writer: Peter Arnott Director: Cora Bissett Reviewer: John Roberts Jukebox musicals have almost become enshrined in musical theatre tradition now, most shows in the west end and touring feature the back catalogue of several artists and are usually also coupled with anodyne and poorly written plots however with Full Tilt, we are safe from the bohemians of We Will Rock ...

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The Ring Cycle Plays – The Scoop, London

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Writer: Phil Willmott and Lisa Kumer from Richard Wagner Director: Racky Plews and Phil Willmott Reviewer: Glen Pearce Epic seems to be in vogue at the moment. As the National Theatre of Scotland brings Scotland’s monarchal history to the stage in The James Plays, on the Southbank of London Gods and Monsters Theatre Company brings Wagner's Herculean Ring Cycle to ...

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Snowangel – King’s Arms Studio, Salford

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Directors: Ollie Kerswell & Joe Mellor Writer:  Joe McKie Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby   Snowangel opens with a man and a woman lying on the floor, legs and arms outstretched making the outlines of angels in the snow.  This child’s game quickly melts away to the present day and the rough realities of a relationship in which power is explored ...

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Punk Rock – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

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Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Selina Cartmell Reviewer: Megan W. Minogue We’ve all been there: pressurizing parents, unrequited love, schoolyard bullies. These are the experiences that have in part shaped our own adolescence, and are perhaps the reasons why Punk Rock has been able to resonate so strongly with multiple generations of theatre-goers since its debut at the Lyric Hammersmith in ...

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