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Labels – The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

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Writer: Joe Sellman-Leava Reviewer: Marina Waters   The multi-award winning fringe sensation Labels is a vibrant, original, and sublimely constructed piece of theatre that effortlessly blends humour with hard-hitting issues. The one man show delves into the passive (and active) prejudices that lurk beneath the surface of modern multi-cultural Britain and the words and phrases used to assign meaning to a ...

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Of Mice and Men – New Theatre, Cardiff

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Writer: John Steinbeck (based on his novel) Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   Relevant to what is happening worldwide today, as displaced people struggle to find work and a home, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men packs as potent a punch as ever. Based on Steinbeck’s own experiences back in the 1920s, it tells the story of two migrant ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: Always Alone Together – Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway

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Creator: Cathal McGuire Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy Greeted by a sparse stage in Galway's Nun's Island Theatre, the audience of Always Alone Together settle in for what will be an intriguing and well thought out dramatic experience. The form is simple, creator and performer Cathal McGuire will tell us stories. The important thing about these stories is that they are all ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL – Mary, Mary, Mary – An Taibhdhearc, Galway

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Directors: Kate Murray and Maria Tivnan Writer: Maria Tivnan Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne “Holy Mary mother of god; Mary, shut the gate; Mary, take the fag out of your mouth”, these are some of the refrains with which the three Marys begin and finish their one act play. The performance features chanting, singing and movement interspersed with commentary and interaction between ...

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The Olive Tree – The New Theatre, Dublin

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Writer: Katie O’Kelly Director: Davey Kelleher Reviewer: Laura Marriott “She’s speaking to me. The olive tree …” The Olive Tree is one of the more surprising and brilliant offerings from Dublin’s The New Theatre this year. A one woman show written and performed by Katie O’Kelly it begins, and ends, with an over worked shop assistant watching the clock tick ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: WAITING FOR ELVIS – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

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Writer: Eileen Gibbons Director: Petal Pilley Reviewer: Paige Louter Waiting for Elvis is a sweet and sad portrait of friendship between two very different women: Lisa Marie (Valerie Egan), who is reserved and sharp-tongued, and Elizabeth (Charlene Kelly), who speaks to everyone with bright hopefulness and cheerily shares marshmallows and gifts of novelty mugs. The world of the play rotates ...

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End of the Rainbow – Opera House, Manchester

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Writer: Peter Quilter Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘Forget your troubles, come on get happy’.  A dark and seedy underbelly to the glittering silver screen is exposed when one considers the use of amphetamines on set.  Fed to young actors by doctors on studio payroll, these pills were a way of enabling Mickey Rooney and contemporaries cope with the ...

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Thaddeus Phillips: 17 Border Crossings – The Lowry, Salford

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Reviewer: Hannah Hiett 17 Border Crossings takes us on a high-speed magical mystery tour of solo performer Thaddeus Phillips' more bizarre experiences of world travel. A consummate story-teller, Phillips stitches his stories together in a seamless train of experiences which embraces, empathises with and gently pokes fun at the mild state of insanity which is being alive in world full ...

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