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Julian Glover’s Beowulf – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Julian Glover

Writer: Julian Glover, adapted from translations by Michael Alexander and Edwin Morgan Reviewer: Scott Matthewman All the reference books and online encyclopaedias will tell you that Beowulf is the earliest written poem of its kind in Old English – but that belies its true origin and its true nature. The legend of the Gael warrior who comes to the aid ...

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The Flat Iron Hex – Dixon Place, New York

The Flatiron Hex – Dixon Place

Writer: James Godwin & Tom Burnett Director: Tom Burnett Reviewer: Jamie Rosler New York City in the not-too-distant post-apocalyptic future, or perhaps present day in a different dimension. “A big storm was coming. There was always a big storm coming.” Politicians with ulterior motives, sentient robots, anthropomorphised body parts and people with shamanic powers comprise the city’s population, or at ...

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The 56 – The Lowry, Salford

The 56 - FYSA Theatre

Writer: Matt Stevens Woodhead/Gemma Wilson Director: Matt Stevens Woodhead Reviewer: Julia Taylor It is May 11 1985 and we are at the Valley Parade Stadium where fans have gathered for a Saturday celebration of their team, Bradford City, hold up the Football League Third Division trophy before playing against Lincoln City. At first it is like any other football gathering ...

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The Forest – High Street Exhibition Gallery, Ipswich

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All too often we get hung up on the conventions of theatre. The formal, unwritten rules that keep performer and audience separate shape our theatre going. While for those new to theatre those conventions can be off-putting, for those with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) those conventions can literally be a barrier to attending the arts altogether. Frozen Light’s ...

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Peter Pan- Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

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Writer: J. M. Barrie Director: Timothy Sheader, Liam Steel Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh   J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan is a quintessential children’s classic, about a boy, who like most of us, doesn’t really want to grow up. Wendy (Kae Alexander), John (Patrick Osborne) and Michael (Thomas Dennis) live their lives quite non-extraordinarily until one day Peter Pan (Hiran Abeyseykera) turns up, ...

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Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage – Arcola Theatre, London

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage Photo Robert Workman

  Writer: Robin Soans Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Can anyone ever truly be who they really are? In some ways it seems that society is more open and multicultural as ever, but with the rise of trolling on social media as well as pages and pages dedicated to attacking a celebrity’s thighs or their choice of baby ...

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Faustus – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Faustus The Actor's Wheel

Writers: Christopher Marlowe/Johann Wolfgang von Goethe/Czech Puppet Company/Vaclav Havel Director: Kevin Johnson Reviewer: Lucy Corley “Tis magic, magic that hath ravished me,” says Doctor Faustus in Christopher Marlowe’s 1604 play, and I challenge anyone not to be beguiled by the black magic of this young company’s adaptation. The Actor’s Wheel is a touring theatre training company linked to the University ...

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The Merchant of Venice – Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The Merchant of Venice Hugo Glendinning

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Pete Benson The Merchant of Venice sits about midway through Shakespeare’s canon of plays. The merchant of the title, Antonio, agrees to borrow money from Shylock, a money-lender, and promises to pay a terrible price should he default on the loan. The great interest of this play to a modern audience is how ...

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