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Have I No Mouth – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Directors: Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Have I No Mouth is not so much a tale of loss, as it a tale of moving forward. It focuses on how director and co-creator Feidlim Cannon’s family have dealt with their grief, resulting from the tragic and untimely deaths of Sean Cannon, Feidlim Cannon’s father, and his baby brother, ...

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Eurohouse – The Ovalhouse

Created and performed by Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas Reviewer: Deborah Parry It is a sad but inevitable fact that no system is perfect – there will always be winners and losers. In all of the debates and discussions that lead up to last year's EU referendum, much focus was given to criticism and praise of the European Union in ...

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Private Lives – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Hannah Fretwell and Darren Haywood as Amanda and Elyot in Private Lives at Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Oliver Hume Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Famously written in four days as a vehicle for Noël Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, Private Lives must have been quite shocking to 1930s audiences, dealing, as it does, quite explicitly with marital infidelity. Elyot and Amanda had a stormy and violent marriage and after three years divorced. Now five years later, ...

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La Strada – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Original Script: Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli Director: Sally Cookson Writer in the Room: Mike Akers Music: Benji Bower Designer: Katie Sykes Reviewer: Ron Simpson La Strada was devised by the company, a largish ensemble with as many dancers and musicians as actors, under the direction of Sally Cookson and with Mike Akers on hand as ‘writer in the ...

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Fruition – Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway

Producer: Fregoli Theatre Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne The following five plays were produced by Fregoli Theatre and staged in quick succession over approximately 70 minutes. One of Fregoli’s criteria for selecting their new writers was that they “had the potential to create a world that an audience can become immediately immersed in”. They definitely succeeded in meeting this criterion with the ...

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Shirley Valentine – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Janet Jepson It is a tribute to the writer Willy Russell that the phrase “doing a Shirley Valentine” has captivated the imagination of almost every middle-aged woman on the planet. Who doesn’t dream of escaping the drudgery of everyday life with a long-term husband who barely notices you’re there, and grown-up kids who ...

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Jane Eyre – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Originally staged in two parts at Bristol Old Vic, Sally Cookson’s collaborative adaptation of Jane Eyre won acclaim in a single, three-hour form at the National Theatre. It is due to return to London in September, following this current tour which has now arrived in Aylesbury. Jane Eyre is often presented as a Gothic ...

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The Braille Legacy – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Book/Lyrics: original French Book and Lyrics by Sébastien Lancrenon English translation: Ranjit Bolt Music: Jean-Baptiste Saudray Director: Thom Southerland Musical director: Toby Higgins Reviewer: David Guest Fighting against discrimination and changing the world through mad dreams could be the plot summary of any number of plays through the ages. At Charing Cross Theatre, whose productions are increasingly becoming unmissable under ...

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