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Monday, August 7, 2017

Sh!t Theatre: ‘You don’t have to be a virtuoso to have something to say’ by Catherine Love

The performance artists behind Sh!t Theatre talk to Catherine Love about using goofy gags to tackle serious issues, generating material while at

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Community links send London Bubble theatre company soaring by Catherine Love

The south-east London theatre company ran into trouble when the Arts Council withdrew its funding in 2008. Catherine Love finds out how

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Friday, July 21, 2017

'An extraordinary piece of work': Jane Horrocks on the return of Road, an anti-austerity battle cry by Catherine Love

Jim Cartwright’s brutal, beautiful play railed against the breakdown of society in Thatcher’s Britain. The original cast, and stars of the revival, explain why it speaks to us more power…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review: Cotton Panic! at Manchester International Festival by Catherine Love

Catherine Love on a flimsy gig-theatre exploration of the Lancashire Cotton Famine. The post Review: Cotton Panic! at Manchester International Festival appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Vivienne Franzmann: ‘There comes a point where I have to just sit down and write’ by Catherine Love

The award-winning writer is known for tackling social and ethical issues and her new play Bodies is no exception. Catherine Love finds

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Returning to Reims review at Home, Manchester – ‘intelligent and pertinent’ by Catherine Love

Returning to Reims, French sociologist Didier Eribon’s 2009 memoir, is astonishingly prescient. Eight years on, Eribon’s analysis of the rise of the

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review: Castle Rock and Baardeman at Flare Festival, Manchester by Catherine Love

A very British dissection of American popular culture: Catherine Love reviews a double bill of works at Flare Festival 2017. The post Review: Castle Rock and Baardeman at Flare Festival, Ma…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

What If Women Ruled the World? review at Mayfield, Manchester – ‘muddled and fragmented’ by Catherine Love

Apocalypse is a running theme at this year’s Manchester International Festival. While Party Skills for the End of the World stages a

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review: ONE and Leopard Murders at Flare Festival, Manchester by Catherine Love

A pairing of the whimsical and the sinister: Catherine Love reviews an eclectic double-bill at Manchester's Flare Festival. The post Review: ONE and Leopard Murders at Flare Festival, Manche…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Review: Party Skills at the End of the World at MIF by Catherine Love

Not with a bang but with a party popper: Catherine Love reviews the world premiere of Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari's immersive apocalypse show. The post Review: Party Skills at the End of t…

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Everything Is Possible review – the fight for women's rights on a thrilling scale by Catherine Love

York Theatre RoyalA cast of 100 takes to the streets in this ambitious drama linking the suffragette movement to the continuing struggle for social equalityFor anyone who attended one of the…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Bears at the Royal Exchange, Manchester by Catherine Love

Shifting the conversation from the mind to the gut: Catherine Love reviews Powder Keg's new show about climate change. The post Review: Bears at the Royal Exchange, Manchester appeared first…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

How two theatres, a cinema and a library became Chester’s Storyhouse by Catherine Love

Chester’s new storytelling centre features 7,500 sq ft of floor space across four levels. Catherine Jones finds out how ambitious plans translated into

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Anna of the Five Towns review – Arnold Bennett's Stoke romance loses its fire by Catherine Love

New Vic, Newcastle-under-LymeThe great Staffordshire writer’s novel loses too much of its spirit in a plodding adaptationDespite his eagerness to escape the Staffordshire Potteries, Arnold…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

We are Leeds: slam poet Zodwa Nyoni's shout-out to Yorkshire's young voices by Catherine Love

The Zimbabwe-born writer found her passion for words as a teenager in Yorkshire. Her new play, Ode to Leeds, explores its in-your-face poetry sceneHome is a complicated idea. The Yorkshire-b…

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Julius Caesar review – political thriller chimes with rise of populism by Catherine Love

Crucible, SheffieldRobert Hastie’s electric staging, with Jonathan Hyde and Samuel West, offers a resonant take on the manipulative power of rhetoric There’s a moment in Robert Hastie’…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: How My Life Is Spent at the Royal Exchange, Manchester by Catherine Love

Magical-realism by way of light yet damning political critique: Catherine Love reviews Alan Harris' "strange, delicate" 2015 Bruntwood Prize-winner. The post Review: How My Life Is Spent at …

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ellie Harrison: “It’s about embedding care from the very first moment of an idea” by Catherine Love

In her Grief Series, Ellie Harrison explores mourning in a seven-part cycle of artworks. Here, she talks reinventing rituals, and how art can be therapeutic without being therapy. The post E…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Upswing’s Vicki Amedume: ‘We need to make diverse circus’ by Catherine Love

Vicki Amedume has an unusual career trajectory. The founder and artistic director of circus company Upswing studied pharmacology at the University of

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Guerrilla at Transform 17 by Catherine Love

A low drone of anxiety: Catherine Love reviews El Conde de Torrefiel's show as part of Transform 17. The post Review: Guerrilla at Transform 17 appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: The Darkest Corners at Transform 17 by Catherine Love

A galvanising call to arms: Catherine Love reviews RashDash's new show as part of Transform 17. The post Review: The Darkest Corners at Transform 17 appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: Lessons of Leaking at Transform 17 by Catherine Love

It's all just a game: Catherine Love reviews machina eX’s production linking gaming and politics. The post Review: Lessons of Leaking at Transform 17 appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: Wellness at Transform 17 by Catherine Love

Shock is their shtick: Catherine Love is at Transform 17 festival to review the UK premiere of Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek's Wellness The post Review: Wellness at Transform 17 a…

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RashDash: ‘We’re still a huge risk for some buildings’ by Catherine Love

Abbi Greenland, one half of RashDash, thinks the theatre company “works best when we feel like we’re rogue agents”. The duo’s work

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Black Theatre Live has one aim – to tour nationwide by Catherine Love

How to solve the problem of touring is a question the theatre sector has been grappling with for years. One initiative is

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rob Drummer: ‘Our work should terrify parents’ by Catherine Love

The artistic director of Boundless Theatre – formerly known as Company of Angels – speaks to Catherine Love about dramaturgy, telling stories

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Offside: the shocking moment female footballers were banned for 50 years by Catherine Love

A new play spotlights the era when female players were sidelined by the FA and shows they are still kicking against prejudice todayIn 1921, the Football Association ruled the sport “quite …

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Inua Ellams: ‘I’m bracing myself for a showdown with UKIP’ by Catherine Love

Poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams is touring An Evening With an Immigrant while working on Barber Shop Chronicles, his third show

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sophie Melville: ‘I was scared theatre would be posh and I wouldn’t understand it’ by Catherine Love

Sophie Melville’s laughter is coloured with disbelief. “I can’t get my head around it,” she admits. She is fresh from being nominated

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Funny Girl review – Sheridan Smith returns with passion, pain and steel by Catherine Love

Palace theatre, Manchester Smith is never less than astonishing as she kicks off a UK tour of the musical based on Fanny Brice’s rollercoaster vaudeville life“That’s where I live, on s…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Why video is getting a bigger part in theatre by Catherine Love

Video technology has been influencing theatre for decades, but never has it been easier or cheaper to incorporate into productions. Today, video

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