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Harajuku Girls – Finborough Theatre, London


Writer: Francis Turnly Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Deborah Klayman   The World Premiere of Francis Turnly’s new play about growing up and trying to find financial freedom in modern-day Japan is sharp, well-observed, and often surprising. Juxtaposing traditional Japanese home life with the seedy clubs and panty shops of Kabukicho, Turnly offers an insight into these starkly contrasting worlds. On ...

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Tony’s Last Tape – Neville Studio Nottingham Playhouse


Writer: Andy Barrett Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Phil Lowe Andy Barrett's new one act play Tony's Last Tape has a few similarities with Samuel Beckett's play  Krapp's Last Tape. Both the playwright's names end with a double T, both plays reference the obsessive documenting of a full life through tape machines, and both have a single old man in a ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Chichester, Festival Theatre


Director: Joe Murphy Adaptation: Angus Murphy from the book by John Boyne Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage Anyone who has read John Boyne’s book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or seen the film may think the Children’s Touring Partnership’s production which opened its tour at Chichester’s Festival Theatre is just a case of completing the trio; how wrong they would be. ...

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Run/Don’t Run – Civic Theatre, Dublin


Writer: Gary Duggan Director: Aoife Spillane-Hinks Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Set in Spanish Harlem at the cusp of the new millenium Gary Duggan's new play Run/Don't Run is a dramatic and well scripted production. Run/Don't Run is a tale of family, conflict, and identity, illustrating the highs and lows of human nature. Gene, played by Aonghus Óg McAnally, and Perdita, played by Leah ...

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The King’s Speech – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP


Writer: David Seidler Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Set around the time of the abdication crisis of the mid-thirties, The King’s Speech tells the story of how an ill-prepared stammerer became king and, against the odds, a respected and loved figure during wartime.  On the surface, it is just that – as writer David Seidler says, ‘[it], really, is ...

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Lippy – Young Vic, London

Lippy - Traverse Theatre

Writer: Bush Moukarzel and Dead Centre Directors: Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   ‘To be or not to be’ is probably the most famous quotation in the English language, and in Hamlet’s noble contemplation of death we hear a man struggling with the futility of life but fearing what may be beyond it. But for all Shakespeare’s ...

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Muscovado – Theatre 503, London


Writer: Matilda Ibini Music: James Reynolds Directors: Clemmie Reynolds and Sophie de Vries Reviewer: Joanna Trainor   London may still be in the depths of winter, but sat inside Theatre 503 the heat feels truly unbearable. The atmosphere that BurntOut Theatre create; characters constantly fanning themselves and sweat making their skin glisten, sees everyone ripping off layers furiously. Muscovado tells ...

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Until They Kick Us Out – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Until They Kick Us Out - YEP

Creators: YEP Director: Matt Rutter & Chris Tomlinson Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin With the run up to this year’s general election looming in the not so distant future, there’s never been a more crucial time than now to discuss the under representation of the younger generation in political affairs. Enter award-wining YEP (Young Everyman Playhouse) with their bravely outspoken slice of ...

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