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Boy Stroke Girl – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer & Director: Ian Dixon Potter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We live in enlightened times, don’t we? Told we can do anything, be anything, try anything we want to, and find our individuality. But that’s not quite how things really are. Even for the unconventional there are recognisable traits, a look, a way of being that is “acceptable” – if you ...

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Wolf Meat – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Director: Mick Barnfather Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Ever wondered what Eastenders on crack might look like? Wolf Meat from Wildheart and Lyric answers that perennial question. Grandma lives with geeky grandson Wolfie and the unsettling Luna who seems to exist to serve. Together they are unlikely drug barons, running everything south of the river. But on their track is crack investigator, ...

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Calderon’s Two Dreams – La MaMa (Ellen Stewart Theatre), New York

Writer: Pedro Calderón de la Barca Translators: George Drance, Alfredo Galvàn, Magis Theatre Company Directors: George Drance, Kelly Johnston Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Pedro Calderón de la Barca wrote Life is a Dream in 1635, and then, for reasons that are historically challenging to trace, rewrote it in 1677. Moving from the world of courtly kingdoms to the creation of man, ...

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A Clockwork Orange – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Anthony Burgess Director:  Alexandra Spencer-Jones Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you could end violence forever by adjusting someone’s personality, would you? Even if it meant that the criminal lost their own humanity, and would that make you as barbaric as them? These debates were given voice by Anthony Burgess’ controversial 1962 novel, which became the equally controversial 1971 Kubrick film ...

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good dog – Watford Palace Theatre, London

Writer: Arinzé Kene Director: Natalie Ibu Reviewer: Stephen Bates A 13-year-old boy looks out from the balcony of his tower block flat and surveys the community below him, making wry and cutting observations a little like the narrator in Under Milk Wood. He sees wrongdoing but vows that he will, himself, stay on the straight and narrow, hoping that his ...

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Israel Galván: Fla.Co.Men – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographer: Israel Galvan Reviewer: T.L. Wiswell Israel Galvan continues to sit on the top of the world of Flamenco, but rather than taking this position as one from which he can receive adulation, he seems to be looking around at his kingdom and saying, "Now what?" In 2014 this resulted in Torobaka, a collaboration with Akram Khan; but for the ...

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WNO – Le Vin herbé, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Franck Martin Director:  Polly Graham Conductor: James Southall Reviewer: Emily Pearce When asked what about opera can put people off, typical answers can range from, ‘It’s too long!’ to, ‘It’s in a different language that I won’t understand’ and ‘It’s people in funny costumes wailing and dying!’. The third comment being somewhat true no matter what you see aside, ...

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