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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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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Something old, something new: how revivals got a fresh look by Catherine Love

Adaptation and revival are two of theatre’s mainstays. The staging of old stories for new audiences is something at which theatre-makers are

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Duncan Macmillan: theatre at its best is an intervention by Catherine Love

His plays examine parenthood (Lungs), depression (Every Brilliant Thing) and climate change (2071). The motivation, says Duncan Macmillan, is to say something that isn’t being said“There…

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Alexander Zeldin: ‘I want audiences to experience intensity and forget their phones’ by Catherine Love

Writer and director Alexander Zeldin is best known for Beyond Caring, his play about a group of cleaners working on zero-hours contracts.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Anti-pantos: the plays getting to the grim reality of Christmas by Catherine Love

It’s the time of year that brings people together – whether they like it or not. Three playwrights explain why this is the season for tales of regret and despair‘Christmas is ripe for …

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

What it means to be a woman: the writer finding answers with Miley and Patti by Catherine Love

Her debut, Wink, looked at modern masculinity. Now Phoebe Eclair-Powell is celebrating womanhood with her play-cum-gig Torch. She talks about her trio of new shows and why she couldn’t be …

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Profile: Kneehigh Theatre – ‘We don’t quite know what we’re doing, and that’s really important’ by Catherine Love

There’s more than a hint of the fairytale to Kneehigh. Ask people about the company and they use words such as “magic”

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Will Adamsdale: ‘I just try to not get my knickers in twist over whether it’s comedy or theatre’ by Catherine Love

Will Adamsdale describes himself, with very British modesty, as “an enthusiastic amateur”. The writer, performer and theatremaker has certainly been eager to

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Friday, May 13, 2016

How to develop artists by Catherine Love

Artist development is a little too sedate, suggests the New Diorama Theatre’s artistic and executive director David Byrne. “We should be the most

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Men & Girls Dance: the show fighting paranoia around child abuse by Catherine Love

Fevered Sleep’s show features men dancing tenderly with young girls. Its creators explain how they convinced parents it wasn’t creepy, but a celebration of a relationship tainted by the …

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Deborah Pearson: 'It's about using my privilege to amplify other voices' by Catherine Love

In her new show, Made Visible, Deborah Pearson questions racial and cultural stereotypes. Theatre’s lack of diversity, she says, is an issue for everyone to tackle. Staying silent is not a…

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Told by an Idiot: ‘We’re serious about our comedy’ by Catherine Love

If there’s one thing that defines Told by an Idiot, it is collaboration. “I still hold with the notion that theatre is

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Access all areas: the plays that took captioning and signing to their hearts by Catherine Love

Jack Thorne’s The Solid Life of Sugar Water and a revival of Gogol’s The Government Inspector are among new accessible productions enriching the experience for audiences through design a…

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

John Heffernan: ‘No one cares, no one owes you a living, no one owes you a job’ by Catherine Love

Arriving at Jerwood Space to interview John Heffernan, I’m nervous about using the ‘M’ word. The actor is rehearsing to play Macbeth

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Penelope Skinner: ‘Can you be a universal character who’s not a white, straight man?’ by Catherine Love

Penelope Skinner asks me: “Do we believe that women in general are hungry for stories about them?” The writer, whose plays have

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Friday, December 4, 2015

The Light Princess review – deliciously silly fairytale celebrates the absurd by Catherine Love

Tobacco Factory, BristolThe messiness is part of the joy in this knowingly shambolic take on George MacDonald’s story about a princess cursed to float in the airThe Light Princess is havin…

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sleeping Beauty review – gender-swap fairytale is far from Grimm by Catherine Love

Bristol Old VicSally Cookson’s production is a playful retelling of the classic tale that blends WI fairy godmothers with bewigged panto baddiesFairytales have long been fair game for tran…

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The Night that Autumn Turned to Winter review – perfect for little theatregoers by Catherine Love

Bristol Old Vic Little Bulb’s motley cast of rabbits, badgers, frogs and a unicorn bring silliness and wonder to the festive seasonIf you go down to the woods today, Little Bulb have a big…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Licensed to Ill review – DIY show gives props to the Beastie Boys by Catherine Love

Camden People’s theatre, LondonThis colourful account of the rappers’ rise to the heights of pop stardom brims with hyperactive enthusiasmWhen the Beastie Boys’ album Licensed to Ill w…

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Body review – a seat-shaking, soul-searching techno-futurist experience by Catherine Love

The Pit at the Barbican, LondonNigel Barrett and Louise Mari ask what really makes us human in an age of artificial intelligence with a show that engages of your sensesTheatre rarely engages…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I Want My Hat Back review – National's Christmas show bears gifts for all by Catherine Love

Temporary theatre, LondonWils Wilson turns Jon Klassen’s laconic picture book into a boisterous delight of a show that keeps no secrets about the land of make-believe from its audience The…

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Nell Gwynn review – this is what a restoration-era feminist looks like by Catherine Love

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonGugu Mbatha-Raw’s joyful performance is at the centre of this rowdy comedy, which celebrates the artifice of theatre and makes some neat political jabsThe firs…

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Rory Mullarkey: ‘subverting convention has really paid off’ by Catherine Love

“I’m bad at being told what to do,” says Rory Mullarkey with a grin. The playwright, raised in a military family, quickly

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The challenges of using video in live theatre by Catherine Love

Paul Barritt, animator and co-artistic director of theatre company 1927, is frank about the challenges of using projection onstage. “Ask anyone who’s

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Wolf’s Child review – drama at dusk in a walk through the woods by Catherine Love

Felbrigg Hall, NorwichNature is the real star in Bill Mitchell’s WildWorks production, in which a murder of crows tells the tale of a young girl’s journey in the wild Continue reading...

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Walter Meierjohann: ‘I want to create a fusion of English and German theatre’ by Catherine Love

Britain and Germany have never felt closer. At least, British and German theatre cultures – often defined as polar opposites – are

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Olivia Poulet on her solo turn in Mark Ravenhill’s Product by Catherine Love

Olivia Poulet has a good line in peddling the unpalatable. The actor and writer is best known for her role as pragmatic, 

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