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Hoke’s Bluff – Shoreditch Town Hall, London

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Company: Action Hero Reviewer: Nichola Daunton   Combining trashy Americana, locker room lectures and iconic teen movies, Action Hero have created a performance that attempts to analyse the American high school experience and its affect on the lives of young Americans. Using clichéd sports movie tropes, including cheerleading routines and workout montages, Action Hero also bring the audience into the ...

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Bette Davis on the Edge – Imperial College, London

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Writer: Christine St John Director: Jane Drake Brody Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Bette Davies is one of the greatest names from the golden age of cinema who, across three decades, starred in some of the most long-lasting films of that era. From the downtrodden heroine of Now Voyager, to arguably her finest performance as the delightfully acerbic ageing actress troubled ...

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Alice in Wonderland – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

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Writer: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Paul Downham This year’s festive offering from Bolton’s Octagon Theatre sees Alice in Wonderland take to the unique in-the-round stage. Seven actors undertake 35 different roles in what is a non-stop 90 minutes of enthralling theatre for all ages. As you enter the auditorium, a school classroom greets you on the stage ...

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The Boy Who Kicked Pigs – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

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Writer: Tom Baker Adapted by: Kill the Beast Theatre Co. Director: Clem Garritty Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Gorgeously grotesque and sharp as a razor, Kill the Beast’s The Boy Who Kicked Pigs is a work of twisted genius. The script, adapted by the company from Tom Baker’s novel, is witty, warped and delivered with twisted perfection by the four multi-role playing ...

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An Inspector Calls – CAST, Doncaster

An Inspector Calls - CAST, Doncaster

Writer: John Boynton Priestley Director: Len Townend Reviewer – Andrew White An Inspector Calls is one of those plays which seem to divide opinion as to its true meaning, but one thing is certain, it’s a cracking story full of twists and turns.  It’s a spring evening in 1912 and the Birling family are celebrating the engagement of their daughter ...

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Chewing the Fat – The Civic, Barnsley

Chewing the Fat - Civic Theatre, Barnsley

Writer/director/performer: Selina Thompson Reviewer: Ruth Jepson If food was a person that accompanied you everywhere, or an image in your head, what or who would it be? This question is the centre of Selina Thompson’s one woman (plus two audience members) show, Chewing the Fat. As Thompson herself says ‘I am FAT’. She’s not apologising for it or nor is ...

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Antigone – Theatre Royal, Winchester

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Orignal text: Sophocles adapted by Roy Williams Director: Marcus Romer Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan In this adaptation Roy Williams sets Sophocles’ Antigone in a modern setting rife with gang culture and the underground scene. Williams text translates the philosophical and poetical writing of Sophocles into urban street language, full of slang, profanities and plenty of words that can only be found ...

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God Bless the Child – Royal Court, London

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Writer: Molly Davies Director: Vicky Featherstone Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Education has long been one of the most politically emotive subjects; from the nineteenth-century philanthropists campaigning for free schools, to the child-centred theorists of the last hundred years advocating a variety of learning techniques from creative play to learning-by-rote. Properly equipping the adults of the future is a universally desirable ...

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