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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Last Quiz Night on Earth review – audience competes as apocalypse beckons by Catherine Love

Hope Mill theatre, ManchesterAn asteroid is hurtling towards Earth in Alison Carr’s new play, where everyone takes part in a pub quiz The local boozer might not be a bad place to wait for …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12PM
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Seeds review – racism drama is emotional but clunkily contrived by Catherine Love

Leeds PlayhouseWith echoes of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, Mel Pennant’s new play focuses on the mothers who are left behind Racism, as Mel Pennant’s new play explores, does not come …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42PM
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Oliver Twist for all the senses: Leeds makes Dickens fully accessible by Catherine Love

Deaf and disabled actors are bringing a fresh dimension to the much-loved tale in Leeds Playhouse’s new production. The creative team explain its ‘aesthetics of access’ Entering direct…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Monday, February 17, 2020

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff review – songs and solidarity against fascism by Catherine Love

Northern Stage, Newcastle upon TyneThe Young’uns bring the astonishing true story of a working-class hero who fought against Franco to rousing musical life Five years ago, the folk band th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Thursday, February 13, 2020

A Little Space review – thrilling whirl through a block of flats by Catherine Love

Home, ManchesterThe thin line between loneliness and connection is made manifest in Gecko and Mind the Gap’s surprising show It’s apt that Gecko’s new collaboration with Mind the Gap h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:03PM
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Wuthering Heights review – extreme lovers haunt a wild wasteland by Catherine Love

Royal Exchange, ManchesterAndrew Sheridan’s adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel focuses on Cathy and Heathcliff’s morbid passions and has the feel of a ghost story There’s an inheren…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24PM
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Vignettes review – slender slices of life by female playwrights by Catherine Love

Hope Mill theatre, ManchesterThis collection of short plays by women features vivid characters and bears the bruises of the patriarchy Vignettes is an apt title for HER Productions’ collec…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Monday, February 3, 2020

Dr Korczak's Example review – Holocaust drama cracks under the weight of history by Catherine Love

Leeds PlayhouseDavid Greig’s play about a Warsaw orphanage shows glimpses of hope in the ghetto – but, inevitably, it falls short of capturing the horror of the Holocaust Philosopher The…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42AM
Monday, December 16, 2019

Guys and Dolls review – thrills and chaos in the giddy, gambling Big Apple by Catherine Love

Sheffield CrucibleAgainst a spare backdrop, the cast generate energy, comedy and romance in spades in this revival of Frank Loesser’s New York musical In turbulent political times, how can…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Sleeping Beauty at York Theatre Royal – ‘slightly lacklustre’ by Catherine Love

This year marks a new era for the York Theatre Royal panto. Well, sort of. Beloved, long-running dame Berwick Kahler may have

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:45AM
Friday, November 22, 2019

Hello and Goodbye review – Athol Fugard's dark reunion gets under the skin by Catherine Love

York Theatre Royal Fugard’s profound examination of a South African family ripped apart by a workplace accident is devastatingly brilliant Hello. Goodbye. These two small, unassuming words…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

My Mother Said I Never Should review – half-spoken truths of women and girls by Catherine Love

Studio theatre, SheffieldSign language adds new dimensions to Charlotte Keatley’s popular play about four generations of women So much in My Mother Said I Never Should is unsaid, or half s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Monday, November 11, 2019

One Under review – heartrendingly tender and enigmatic portrait of grief by Catherine Love

Leeds PlayhouseWinsome Pinnock’s 2005 play that has been reimagined to focus on mental health asks urgent questions but yields few answers When a man steps in front of a London Underground…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12AM
Friday, November 1, 2019

Seagulls review – Chekhov musical makes Nina a singer-songwriter by Catherine Love

Bolton Library and MuseumBeth Hyland attempts to shift the male-and-his-muse gaze in her story about misogyny in the music industry Fiction and history are littered with male artists and the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Content warning: this festival is for 'generation snowflake' by Catherine Love

Handle With Care, a three-week festival at Camden People’s theatre, aims to contest perceptions about millennials’ entitlement, fragility and offence-taking Handle With Care, the title …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:48AM
Monday, September 30, 2019

The Boy Who Cried Wolf review at York Theatre Royal, York – ‘storytelling, singing and silliness’ by Catherine Love

Wolves may be in the title, but tutti frutti’s children’s show is all about the sheep. Its familiar story is told by

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 08:59AM
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Under Three Moons review – interrogating the pressures of masculinity by Catherine Love

The Lowry, Salford Following two friends over three decades, Daniel Kanaber’s play spans friendship, mental health and emotionally pent-up men ‘Take care of yourself,” one character gr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Thursday, September 26, 2019

A View from the Bridge review at York Theatre Royal, York – ‘solid but unremarkable’ by Catherine Love

As the lights come up, a crate is lowered from above, like a shipment being unloaded in the Brooklyn docks. Beneath the

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 04:27AM
Friday, September 20, 2019

Sick! festival review – a funny, heartfelt poke at the biggest taboos by Catherine Love

Various venues, ManchesterFrom dance to comedy to video, this series of events confronts illness, grief and death with uplifting candour The title of Candoco Dance Company’s show, Let’s …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18PM
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century by Michael Billington, Alexis Soloski, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

A hip-hop history lesson, a dizzy Dahl musical and a continent-hopping barbershop … we pick the finest new works of theatre since 2000 Jez Butterworth: the sage behind our No1 Continue rea…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18PM
Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Jumper Factory review – prison drama does justice to real inmates' stories by Catherine Love

Home, Manchester Created with prisoners at HMP Wandsworth and performed by a cast affected by the criminal justice system, Luke Barnes’ play reminds us that people are more than their crim…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:12AM
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

15 of the best Edinburgh festival shows now touring by Kate Wyver, Catherine Love, Anna Winter, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

The festival is over for another year but plenty of its theatre, comedy and dance hits have announced dates around the UK CollapsibleBreffni Holahan gives a searing performance as Essie in M…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Jerry Springer the Opera review – chatshow from hell still shocks by Catherine Love

Hope Mill theatre, ManchesterThe TV host who provokes salacious slanging matches becomes newly pertinent in a revival of Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas’s show It’s interesting how the pa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Monday, August 12, 2019

Edinburgh festival 2019: the shows we recommend by Brian Logan, Alex Needham, Catherine Love, Michael Billington, Chris Wiegand, Mark Fisher, Anna Winter and Kate Wyver

Plan your schedule with our roundup of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated daily throughout the festival BoutSummerhall, 10.20am, until 25 AugustAn exploration of bro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Until the Flood review – fleshed-out fictions from a real-life killing by Catherine Love

Traverse theatre, EdinburghDael Orlandersmith transforms into her characters, dispassionately inhabiting their reactions to the shooting of black teen Michael Brown by a white policeman Dael…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM
Friday, August 9, 2019

Daughterhood review – a subtle account of the ties that bind by Catherine Love

Roundabout, Summerhall, EdinburghCharley Miles’s multifaceted but tightly focused play is about the complex, envy-laced relationship between siblings The title of Charley Miles’s play is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM

Fox review – new mum's obsession with a stranger by Catherine Love

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghA woman with postnatal depression fixates on a homeless man in this uncomfortable drama in which only one of the characters seems real Katie Guicciardi’s one-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Life Is No Laughing Matter review – depressed? Eat some bananas by Catherine Love

Summerhall, EdinburghInspirational hashtags, cute dogs and marriage don’t cure depression, says Demi Nandhra in her gleefully silly yet deeply important take on mental health Every year no…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03PM
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

All of Me review – a messy and beautiful look at depression by Catherine Love

Summerhall, EdinburghThough it is unashamedly bleak, there are fragments of brightness as Caroline Horton’s show recognises mental health as something that ebbs and flows Caroline Horton o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM

Daddy Drag/Pops review – dads and daughters are lost for words by Catherine Love

★★★☆☆/★★★★☆Summerhall, Edinburgh/Assembly Roxy, EdinburghIn two bold new shows, fathers and their children are caught in a damaging cycle of love and betrayal Our fathers…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:33AM
Monday, August 5, 2019

Beach Body Ready review – laughing and loving beyond body shame by Catherine Love

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIt’s not a new message but it’s made with charm and comedy in this three-hander about how women’s bodies are policed Remember that weight-loss product ad …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03PM

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