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Hindle Wakes – Oldham Coliseum

Hindle Wakes - Oldham Coliseium

Writer: Stanley Houghton Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Hindle Wakes is a local play with a lot of history. This production captures the essence of the themes of the piece and if some of them have lost their resonance, there is still plenty here to engage an audience. The play opens with Fanny Hawthorn’s parents ruminating over her ...

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Charles Darwin: The Origin of Species – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham


Writer: John Hinton Director: Daniel Goldman Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Tangram Theatre aims to make theatre that is ‘surprising, irreverent, life-affirming new work’. This piece, which glories in the full title of The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection or the Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy about Charles ...

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Scarlet – Southwark Playhouse, London


Writer: Sam H Freeman Director: Joe Hufton Reviewer: Stephen Bates “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them” says Scarlet, quoting a half-remembered adage as she tries to explain to herself how she has arrived at a point of desperation. Scarlet has been the victim of sexual abuse - an intimate ...

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Hedda Gabler – Abbey Theatre, Dublin


Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaption: Mark O' Rowe Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Modern theatre's most enigmatic female protagonist has made her way to the Abbey Stage. Hedda Gabler, originally written by Henrik Ibsen in 1890, has been adapted by the often controversial Irish playwright Mark O' Rowe. Controversial in its own right when first staged in Germany in 1891, this ...

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Baby – Hope Theatre, London


Writer: Effie Samara Director: Abigail Pickard Price Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The moral and political debates around medical intervention in fertility are highly contentious; women these days are encouraged to believe they can have it all, balancing powerful and highly influential careers, with the maternal desire to care for their children. And in the last 50 years the balance of ...

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A Level Playing Field – Jermyn Street Theatre, London


Writer: Jonathan Lewis Director: Chris Popert Reviewer: Michael Gray   Education, Education, Education. That's the theme, and the over-arching title, of Jonathan Lewis's new trilogy. Looking at the system through the eyes of the teachers, the parents, and first, here, the students. Confined in exclusion between Politics and Philosophy A-level exams, they brag, they whinge, they indulge in banter that's borderline bullying. Laddishness shades into ...

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Our Country’s Good – Curve, Leicester


Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Nikoli Foster Reviewer: Phil Lowe   This production at Curve Leicester is directed by professional director Nikoli Foster collaborating with a cast of talented  students from De Montfort University Leicester. The cast of sixteen (with necessary doubling) play over twenty characters ranging from Royal Marines, dispirited convicts, and members of the Georgian judicial system all set ...

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The Rise & Fall of Little Voice – The Kings Arms Theatre, Salford

Rise and fall of litte voice - assembled junk

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: James Baker Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby The Rise & Fall of Little Voice was originally written and produced in 1992 and though there have been several revivals since, including a phenomenally successful one at the Octagon Bolton in 2012, the play is not an easy one. It depends, of course, on fine lead performances, but it ...

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