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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Fair, please! The bus offering education for all, from stargazing to curry-making by Catherine Love

Arts education is in crisis but theatre company Slung Low has set up a pay-what-you-can community college, offering lessons in art activism, wood-whittling and much moreOn board a double-dec…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Grand Old Dame of York review at York Theatre Royal – ‘Berwick Kaler’s anarchic swansong’ by Catherine Love

This year’s panto is one long bow for writer, director and long-running dame Berwick Kaler. Marking 40 years of what he calls

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Kiss Me, Kate review – ferociously funny festive treat leaves a bitter taste by Catherine Love

Crucible, Sheffield Standout turns from strong female leads can’t tame the darkness at the heart of Cole Porter’s Shakespearean musicalKiss Me, Kate is a musical of many layers. The fict…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Forest of Forgotten Discos! review at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘energetic and inclusive’ by Catherine Love

On stage and screen, Christmas tends to look a certain way: twinkling tree, glistening turkey, picture-perfect nuclear family. The new seasonal show

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A Christmas Carol review – riotously silly show puts Scrooge in a spin by Catherine Love

Liverpool PlayhouseSpymonkey riff with pop culture – from funk-anthem carols to Torvill and Dean – in a bizarre take on the Dickens classicAt this time of year, Scrooge is as reliable as…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: The Producers at the Royal Exchange, Manchester by Catherine Love

'Shimmer and sparkle': Catherine Love reviews an unlikely Christmas show which delights as much as it unsettles. The post Review: The Producers at the Royal Exchange, Manchester appeared fir…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

The Maids review – Jean Genet's would-be murderers set pulses racing by Catherine Love

Home, ManchesterThe playwright’s prison time inspires an all-male production that is dazzling, dangerous and captivatingly queasyJean Genet understood the essence of theatre: everything is…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

'We're not talking about this': actors spotlight industry's mental health stigma by Catherine Love

It is practically a professional requirement that actors be emotional and vulnerable, but only recently has protecting their mental wellbeing become a priorityActor and playwright Milly Thom…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Europe review – David Greig's searing border story still hits home by Catherine Love

Leeds PlayhouseJames Brining’s revival of this rueful study of foreignness and fear doesn’t go out of its way to seem timely because it doesn’t need toWhat is Europe? A continent, an i…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: Death of a Salesman at the Royal Exchange, Manchester by Catherine Love

'Dream space': Catherine Love reviews Sarah Frankcom's fresh, insightful take on the 20th Century American staple The post Review: Death of a Salesman at the Royal Exchange, Manchester appea…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! review – Dario Fo's food-looting farce updated by Catherine Love

York Theatre RoyalRelocated to northern England, this fast-paced panto-esque comedy is damningly relevant nowAfter the 2008 banking crisis, Dario Fo redrafted his 1974 play Can’t Pay? Won…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Mother Courage and Her Children review – Brecht classic rolls into Leeds warehouse by Catherine Love

Albion Electric Warehouse, LeedsKeeping the audience on the move, Red Ladder’s 50th-anniversary production stars Pauline McLynnMother Courage and Her Children is a play of perpetual moveme…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

The Snow Queen review at Theatre Royal York – ‘energetically performed’ by Catherine Love

The Snow Queen – like so many of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales – is a dark story. A boy is kidnapped and

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Charlie Ward review – Chaplin's slapstick turns into shellshock by Catherine Love

York Army Museum Lying in a row of beds, an audience of 10 is transported to a wartime hospital in Sound&Fury’s arresting showThere are no images of the first world war in Sound&Fu…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Review: Radical Acts at Bradford Club by Catherine Love

Building community: Catherine Love writes on a quietly radical performance, part of a series of public interventions by Common Wealth. The post Review: Radical Acts at Bradford Club appeared…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

OthelloMacbeth review at Home, Manchester – ‘an intriguing Shakespearean mash-up’ by Catherine Love

Why do we keep telling the same stories? Director Jude Christian’s mash-up of Othello and Macbeth, two of the oldest and most

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Steel review – sharp-witted political drama from Chris Bush by Catherine Love

Crucible, SheffieldBush tackles sexism and racial prejudice in a cross-generational commentary on contemporary politicsIn Chris Bush’s new play, steel is a multi-faceted metaphor. It’s r…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Better Off Dead review – Ayckbourn's washed-up writer satire backfires by Catherine Love

Stephen Joseph theatre, ScarboroughAlan Ayckbourn’s 82nd play, about an over-the-hill crime novelist, struggles to come up with anything new to say about creativity, fame or failureAn agei…

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

'I threw my soul all over the floor': egg and sperm donors stage their stories by Catherine Love

Theatre and acrobatic shows at the Edinburgh festival use the experiences of donors to explore fertility, faith and family‘Who is the family?” asks aerial artist and theatre-maker Sarah …

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

It's Not a Sprint / What I Talk About When I Talk About Running reviews – Edinburgh mini-marathons by Catherine Love

Pleasance Dome/Zoo Charteris, Edinburgh★★★☆☆/★★☆☆☆Grace Chapman tries to outrun her fears and Fredrik Høyer works up a sweat in two one-person shows about mental and phy…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

No Kids review – compelling conversations on gay parenting by Catherine Love

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIn Theatre Ad Infinitum’s latest show, George Mann and Nir Paldi consider whether they can cope with the prejudice that two dads still faceTo procreate or not…

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Nigel Slater's Toast review – tender adaptation stirs the soul and senses by Catherine Love

Traverse theatre, EdinburghFood’s nostalgic power is captured with mouth-watering success in this poignant staging of the popular memoirFood tells stories. The homemade mince pies that whi…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Mistero Buffo review – chameleonic solo romp through reimagined Bible tales by Catherine Love

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghFrom a Deliveroo driver to a dying Christ, Julian Spooner seamlessly shapeshifts in an enthralling restaging of a Dario Fo classicSolo shows are everywhere at th…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Ad Libido review – taking female pleasure into her own hands by Catherine Love

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghFran Bushe’s comedy uses glitter and smart songs to advocate better understanding of sex for womenFran Bushe wants to fix sex. Armed with glitter, songs and a…

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Unsung review – sharp attack on personality-obsessed politics by Catherine Love

Summerhall, EdinburghValentijn Dhaenens takes us behind the speechifying in a compelling study of how politicians operateIt’s six years since Valentijn Dhaenens blasted fringe-goers with h…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Fallen Fruit review – solo journey from the Berlin Wall to Brexit by Catherine Love

Summerhall, EdinburghKatherine Radeva takes on the dying days of communism in her native Bulgaria and considers the Britain she lives in todayIn the same year Europe marks the 30th anniversa…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Square Go review – stage becomes wrestling ring for playful look at male adolescence by Catherine Love

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghSchoolboy banter and playground scraps expose underlying insecurities in Gary McNair and Kieran Hurley’s playThe playground is a battlefield. Max and his …

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Island Town review – slugging cider, getting laid and yearning to escape by Catherine Love

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghSimon Longman’s teen tale of ‘left behind’ Britain pulls no emotional punches but risks becoming two-dimensionalKate, Sam and Pete live in a town made…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

US gun culture and racial politics come under fire at Edinburgh fringe by Catherine Love

Underground Railroad Game and On the Exhale are among several shows at the festival exploring the way America sees itselfAs the UK’s so-called special relationship with the US becomes incr…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Secret Garden review at York Theatre Royal – ‘colourful and magic-filled’ by Catherine Love

Any stage version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved children’s book hangs on the garden of its title. In Liz Stevenson’s production, the

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Joking Apart review at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough – ‘slender but astute’ by Catherine Love

The grass is always greener, so they say. But for vicar Hugh (Jamie Baughan) and his wife Louise (Louise Shuttleworth), it really

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