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Prism – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer and Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: James Garrington Jack Cardiff.  Not a name that will ring many bells maybe, yet he was one of the greats of motion pictures, with a career spanning 75 years. His most notable work was as a cinematographer – the person who chooses lenses, film speed, focus, lighting and camera angles, effectively creating the image you ...

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Nigel Slater’s Toast – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Henry Filloux-Bennett Director: Jonnie Riordan Reviewer: David Guest The mouth-watering story of a childhood remembered by food continues to be a production to savour now it’s on a national tour. Nigel Slater’s Toast started out at The Lowry in Salford last year before having a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, then it enjoyed a lengthy sojourn at The ...

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Translations – National Theatre, London

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Ian Rickson Reviewer: Scott Mattheman “I am a barbarian in this place,” Dermot Crowley’s Jimmy in Translations, “because I am not understood by anyone.” He is translating from Ovid, but the statement is one of Brian Friel’s defining themes in this play about Anglo-Irish attitudes. Translations is a common A-Level set text, which may account in ...

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The Wheel – Milton Court Theatre, London

Writer: Zinnie Harris Director: Caroline Byrne Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The notion that there are cycles to human life is not a new one; the seven ages of man, four seasons, the phases of the moon, are all ways to measure and mark the passing of time. In Zinnie Harris’ 2011 play The Wheel, revived by final year students at the ...

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The Girl Who Fell – Trafalgar Studios , London

Writer: Sarah Rutherford Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The death by suicide of a 15-year-old girl, and the grief and guilt that follow it, is the subject of Sarah Rutherford’s The Girl Who Fell, making its world premiere at Trafalgar Studios. But while the subject matter may be intense, Rutherford’s script, particularly in its opening half, plays out as ...

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Fast – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Kate Barton Director: Kate Valentine Reviewer: Stephen Bates n the modern era, barely a week goes by without some new dietary fad hitting the headlines. Linda Barton’s 70-minute one act play, which is based on a true story, suggests that things may not have been very different more than 100 years ago. In 1910, Dr Linda Hazard, author of ...

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Prism – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman “Submit your life to any decent script editor and they’d reject it on structure alone,” Robert Lindsay’s Jack Cardiff tells us in Terry Johnson’s biographical play about the acclaimed Hollywood cinematographer. For Jack, now retired and succumbing to dementia, life is relived from scene to disjoint scene, experienced out of order – as if ...

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Youthquake – Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London

Devisers: Zest Theatre Director: Toby Ealden Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Anybody who’s ever watched a TED Talk and marvelled at how unaware the speaker is at how patronising they are being will feel right at home with Youthquake. Zest Theatre’s new piece is named after Oxford Dictionaries’ 2017 word of the year, suggesting significant change due to the involvement of young ...

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