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Down and Out in Paris and London – New Diorama, London

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Writer: and Director: David Byrne Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   This whirling hour and a half shows intimately the grime, exhaustion and sisyphean harshness of a live in poverty. Inspired by George Orwell’s book, and mixing in Polly Toynbee’s 2003 book Hard Work, we are given a look at how poverty in 1920’s Paris, and the equivalent situation in early naughties ...

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Chapter 2 – New Diorama, London


Writers: Gareth Jandrell, Shelley Davenport, Sharon Clark, David Byrne Directors: Chris Lince, Robert Wolstenholme, Yasmeen Arden, Julia McShane Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Sometimes a series of snacks can be more satisfying than an entire meal; there’s something about the size and variety of tastes that offers so much more than one dish. And so it can be with theatre and ...

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As You Like It – Guildford College of Law, Guildford

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Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] The elegant surroundings of the gardens of the Guildford College of Law prove an ideal setting for the Guildford Shakespearean Company’s late-Edwardian open air production of As You Like It. Stately buildings, hints of ruins and leafy glades frame this happiest of Shakespearean tales as not even the bitterest of ...

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The Universal Machine – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writers: David Byrne and Dominic Brennan Music: Dominic Brennan Director: David Byrne Reviewer: Edie R [rating:3.5] Glancing through the programme of “The Universal Machine”, you detect a certain defensiveness. The PIT theatre company is apparently conscious that in setting out to make a musical of the life of Alan Turing, father of computer science and troubled hero of Bletchley Park, ...

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Blood Wedding – New Diorama, London

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Writer: Federico García Lorca Adaptor: Gareth Jandrell Director: Rachel Valentine Smith Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:2] In the Andalusia of Lorca’s rural tragedy, a bride and groom plan their wedding in a community still coming to terms with the scars of the past. The Bridegroom’s father and brother were killed in a feud with the local Felix family, and his mother ...

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Fiesco – New Diorama, London

Writer: Friedrich Schiller Adaptor: Daniel Millar & Mark Leipacher Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] With this, their third Schiller adaptation in two years, The Faction Theatre Company are continuing their ambitious quest to stage the complete works of one of Germany’s premiere playwrights. A new version by Daniel Millar and Mark Leipacher, and directed by the latter, Fiesco ...

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Mary Stuart – New Diorama, London

Writer: Friedrich Schiller Adaptor: Mark Leipacher & Daniel Millar Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] Mark Leipacher and Daniel Millar’s latest adaptation for The Faction Theatre Company is Schiller’s Mary Stuart, a powerful and entertaining play chronicling the politically and emotionally charged last days of Mary Queen of Scots. A piece which accentuates the historical with a generous dollop ...

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Twelfth Night – Faction at the New Diorama, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] With a burst of enthusiasm and ambition that should inspire anyone who is already struggling to keep their New Year’s resolutions,The Faction Theatre company are launching into 2012 with a three play rep season for the next seven weeks at the New Diorama Theatre. First up is Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, ...

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