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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

'We're here!' The black playwrights storming the West End by Bridget Minamore

Smash hits by black British playwrights were few and far between. Now Arinzé Kene and Natasha Gordon have work in the West End – and they’re changing the audiences too In 1957, Moon on …

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Caterpillar review – darkly funny drama about the ties that bind by Bridget Minamore

Theatre 503, LondonAlison Carr’s tight three-hander, set in a seaside B&B, examines the relationship of a woman who has had a stroke and the daughter who cares for herSixty-something M…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Nine Foot Nine review – taller women turn world upside down in sci-fi dystopia by Bridget Minamore

Assembly Rooms, EdinburghThis feminist fantasy about women worldwide suddenly growing vastly bigger and stronger than men is uneven but eloquent about power dynamicsWhat would happen if ever…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Providence of Neighbouring Bodies review – poetic study of female friendships by Bridget Minamore

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghA beaver disturbs the budding rapport between two neighbours in Jean Ann Douglass’s surreal and wonderfully written dramaDora and Ronnie live side by side in R…

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Queens of Sheba review – black women speak their truths, with joy and pain by Bridget Minamore

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghNouveau Riché’s pared-back piece has insight, power and beautiful a cappella singingWhat makes theatre? Words, of course, but sometimes plays are wordless. St…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Love Songs review – comedy in the key of life by Bridget Minamore

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghEndearing storytelling carries the day in Alissa Anne Jeun Yi’s show, combining standup, poetry and rapAlissa Anne Jeun Yi’s flyers call her Edinburgh fringe…

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Century Song review – 100 years of black women's history in 60 minutes by Bridget Minamore

Zoo Southside, EdinburghThrough song, dance and costume, Neema Bickersteth brings to life a wealth of characters with incredible energyThis Canadian import at the Edinburgh fringe from Volca…

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Freeman review – stunning political theatre show is a revelation by Bridget Minamore

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghCamilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts explore institutional racism and mental healthcare in a fast-paced hourIn Freeman’s first five minutes, six figures on sta…

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Stardust review – powerful exploration of the politics of cocaine by Bridget Minamore

Pleasance Dome, EdinburghMiguel Hernando Torres Umba takes us into Colombia’s heart of darkness to reveal the human cost of the west’s most popular illegal drugOne-person shows that have…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bring It On: The Musical review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘fun but lacks spark’ by Bridget Minamore

Seven years after its 2011 Atlanta premiere, Bring It On: The Musical uses the wonderfully ridiculous world of competitive cheerleading to tell

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Fishermen review – brothers hooked by love and fate by Bridget Minamore

Home, Manchester Michael Ajao and Valentine Olukoga deliver humour and heartache in this cleverly adapted Chigozie Obioma story of Nigerian childhoodBased on Chigozie Obioma’s Man Booker p…

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Vinay Patel: 'I think people having their power dismantled is good' by Bridget Minamore

Once a maker of corporate videos, now a Bafta-winning writer, Patel is about to stage two new plays – one a three-hour historical epic, the other about the changing nature of offensiveness…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The One review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘humour and horror’ by Bridget Minamore

Following one couple over the course of a wine-fuelled night, The One is a punch of a play that places humour and

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Friday, July 6, 2018

SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill review – tragic history stunningly sung by Bridget Minamore

NST City, SouthamptonGbolahan Obisesan’s retelling of a disaster in which more than 600 South Africans died is poignantly beautiful and sharply angryZamile Gantana takes a crate, sits in t…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Playwright Cordelia Lynn: ‘It’s amazing to see my text being turned into living theatre’ by Bridget Minamore

After making her debut at the Royal Court with the acclaimed Lela and Co in 2015 and winning the 2017 Pinter Commission,

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Beirut review – sex is banned in surveillance-state New York by Bridget Minamore

Park theatre, London In Alan Bowne’s play, an allegory exploring New York’s 1980s Aids crisis, a couple meet in secretAn unnamed plague has hit New York. The virus is spread through sexu…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Notes from the Field review at Royal Court, London – ‘a blistering performance’ by Bridget Minamore

Anna Deavere Smith interviewed hundreds about the USA’s school-to-prison pipeline—the fact Latino, Native and African American people are vastly overrepresented in the

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘impressive storytelling’ by Bridget Minamore

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, adapted deftly by Rotimi Babatunde from Lola Shoneyin’s bestselling novel, is an acutely funny piece

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Shebeen review – love and rage in Windrush generation drama by Bridget Minamore

Nottingham PlayhouseMufaro Makubika’s play about Jamaican migrants focuses on the days leading up to a race riot in Nottingham in the 1950sShebeen is one of a few dramas about the lives of…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Two Noble Kinsmen review – fun but slight outing for a Shakespeare rarity at the Globe by Bridget Minamore

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonThis erratic tragicomedy is played for laughs in a Barrie Rutter production that keeps its cast busy to the lastMichelle Terry’s opening season at the Globe co…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

'It's an eight-way tug of war!' Why has Shakespeare's Globe put everyone in charge? by Bridget Minamore

Michelle Terry is kicking off her debut season by playing Hamlet in a daring double bill that gives everyone a say about everything. Can this heresy work? We find out at rehearsalsTwo weeks …

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Black to the future: afrofuturism hits the stage by Bridget Minamore

This year, Black Panther put afrofuturism in multiplexes – and there are plenty more artists of colour exploring inner and outer space, like artist and playwright Rachael YoungMore than ev…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Review: Nine Night at the National Theatre by Bridget Minamore

Bridget Minamore writes on Natasha Gordon's debut play, an emotive, truthful exploration of black grief. The post Review: Nine Night at the National Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Phlebotomist review at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, London – ‘a clever dystopian drama by Bridget Minamore

It’s said a good piece of theatre begins as late and ends as early as possible in the framework of a story.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rasheeda Speaking review at Trafalgar Studios, London – ‘engaging study of workplace racism’ by Bridget Minamore

The anti-black racism of modern day white America can take many forms. Joel Drake Johnson’s Rasheeda Speaking, coming to London after runs

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tremor review – two exes face up to their failed relationship by Bridget Minamore

Sherman theatre, Cardiff Engaging and politically astute, Brad Birch’s play about partners revisiting their past packs a punchTremor rests on a premise that audiences likely will have seen…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Coconut review at Ovalhouse Theatre, London – ‘disappointing take on British-Pakistani Muslim identity’ by Bridget Minamore

Plays that explore life from the point of view of women of colour are few and far between. It’s a shame, then,

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

'We've got braver': The Act, a show about love and sex created by teenagers by Bridget Minamore

Company Three devised a play to examine intimacy, relationships and social pressure for young people, from their own point of viewPutting teenage life on stage can be tricky, particularly wh…

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Bridget Minamore: Deal with it, Quentin – colour-blind casting is only the beginning by Bridget Minamore

Colour-blind casting – that is the casting of people of colour in roles that would typically have been played by white actors

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Arinze Kene: ‘I don’t know who I’d be if I wasn’t on stage’ by Bridget Minamore

Recently seen in the West End’s Girl from the North Country, the versatile actor and writer is now starring in his self-written

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Br’er Cotton review – bold, hilarious drama in age of Black Lives Matter by Bridget Minamore

Theatre 503, LondonA militant teenager grapples with politics and older relatives in Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s profound, beautifully staged playWhat is it like for young black children …

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