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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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Monday, July 16, 2018

Sheffield stars: local lives are at the heart of Yorkshire's theatre by Catherine Love

This summer, community-led shows are encouraging residents to tell their own tales of loss, love and Bruce Springsteen gigsAt the Crucible theatre, Sheffield’s teenagers are thinking about…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Ben Miles: Hilary Mantel's Cromwell is the 'original working class hero' by Catherine Love

The RSC actor on the moral ambiguity of Mantel's Tudor world and the thrill of bringing her Wolf Hall books to the West End• Michael Billington's review of Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies•…

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Shakespeare’s Rose review – merry but pricey pop-up theatre in York by Catherine Love

★★☆☆☆/★★★☆☆ Shakespeare’s Rose theatre, YorkThis new venture offers spinning fairies in an otherwise flat Midsummer Night’s Dream and espresso-fuelled scraps in a mor…

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Macbeth review at Rose Theatre, York – ‘Shakespeare by numbers’ by Catherine Love

In this country, too often there’s a crude, limiting idea of what Shakespeare on stage looks like. Audiences expect opaque verse, loud

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Queens of the Coal Age review – Maxine Peake shines light on women's fight for the mines by Catherine Love

Royal Exchange, Manchester Peake’s play is a fierce cry for recognition of the movement that supported miners and their families and saw women occupy a coal pit in protestThere’s a famil…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Love and Information review – Caryl Churchill's vignettes find new form by Catherine Love

Sheffield CrucibleDirector Caroline Steinbeis takes up the gauntlet by reshaping and mining Churchill’s 57 fleeting scenes for less obvious meaning Scripts are both instructional and nebul…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Big I Am review – updated Ibsen epic is a white-knuckle ride by Catherine Love

Everyman, LiverpoolWith a cacophonous cast of characters, Robert Farquhar’s new take on Peer Gynt dashes through the second half of the 20th centuryThe spirit of ensemble, an idea at the h…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Keepy Uppy review – back-of-the-net football fun by Catherine Love

York Theatre RoyalA keen young player bonds with his mum on the way to a big match in Tutti Frutti’s imaginative kids’ showAs England pursue World Cup glory, the hero of Tutti Frutti’s…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Making an entrance: northern theatres celebrate refugees by Catherine Love

Venues in Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield are putting work by refugees and asylum seekers at their heartIn 2013, West Yorkshire Playhouse staged Refugee Boy, an adaptation of Benjamin Zephan…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Revolting Women review – jaunty account of suffragettes' struggle by Catherine Love

Scarcroft Allotments, YorkMikron’s show about East End women’s sacrifices for suffrage awkwardly seesaws between parody and sincerityMikron aim to make theatre for everyone, so it’s ap…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Isobel Waller-Bridge: ‘People struggle with non-visual art, but you can paint with sound’ by Catherine Love

As a sound designer and composer Isobel Waller-Bridge works across stage and screen. She tells Catherine Love about the skills theatre has

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Happy Days review – Maxine Peake is transfixed by climate chaos by Catherine Love

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester Beckett’s tragicomedy is deftly retuned for an age of ecological anxiety and mounting plastic wasteCentre stage, a barren mound of earth. At its edges, a…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Three Sisters review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘a powerful interrogation of the canon’ by Catherine Love

When RashDash wanted to move up in scale, artistic directors advised the company to tackle a classic. Three Sisters – irreverently exploiting

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Be All and End All review at York Theatre Royal – ‘frustratingly narrow’ by Catherine Love

Having examined the hothouse environment of British schooling from students’ perspectives in A Level Playing Field, the second of Jonathan Lewis’ trilogy

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Why time's up for theatre's 'timeless' classics by Catherine Love

How can women or people of colour find a voice in theatre’s classics when so much of the canon - written by white men - confines them to the sidelines? Meet the theatre makers who are rein…

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sunshine on Leith review – Proclaimers musical goes the distance by Catherine Love

West Yorkshire Playhouse, LeedsFeaturing 18 tracks by the Scottish duo, this spirited show is a thing of joy. By the time I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) comes on, resistance is futileWhisper it,…

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