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Monday, April 15, 2019

Intemperance review – sepia-toned tragicomedy offers only despair by Mark Fisher

New Vic, Newcastle-under-LymeIn this revival of Lizzie Nunnery’s debut about a family in the 19th-century Liverpool slums, misery is piled upon misery – for the audience and the characte…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

West Side Story review – exhilarating show sidesteps Broadway blueprint by Mark Fisher

Royal Exchange, ManchesterSarah Frankcom and Aletta Collins ditch Jerome Robbins’ choreography and keeps the stakes high in a superb production For more than 60 years, productions of West …

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Creditors review – Strindberg lays bare the self-pitying male psyche by Mark Fisher

Theatre By the Lake, KeswickHoward Brenton’s no-nonsense translation of Strindberg’s astute drama charts the marriage of a failed artist and his more successful wife Adolf is in the mid…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Dear Europe review – a tearful love letter from Scotland to the continent by Mark Fisher

SWG3, GlasgowOriginally planned to coincide with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the National Theatre of Scotland’s night of cabaret and comedy was performed under a sombre cloud Imagin…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

The shock of the nude: Brazil's stark new form of political protest by Mark Fisher

In a defiant riposte to president Bolsonaro and intolerance, performers at São Paulo’s international theatre festival are reclaiming the rights to be seen and to be different If ever ther…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Nora: A Doll's House review – Ibsen gets three heroines in feminist rewrite by Mark Fisher

Tramway, Glasgow Stef Smith’s excellent adaptation has Noras experience economic and emotional pressures through history There are three door frames and three cavernous pathways to an unce…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

From Shore to Shore review – drama while you dine at a Chinese restaurant by Mark Fisher

Yang Sing restaurant, ManchesterThis rich, dreamlike play feeds body and soul as it chronicles the complex lives of migrants from China Cheung Wing is looking back over his life. He’s been…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Glory review – get in the ring for a wrestle with racism by Mark Fisher

Dukes, LancasterThree young fighters grapple with a world of blue-eyed heroes and foreign-looking villains in Nick Ahad’s witty play Real life has a way of sneaking into the theatre. Only …

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Good Dog review – tapestry of Tottenham life on the eve of riots by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghKwaku Mills is a revelation as a boy growing up amid poverty in this touring revival of Arinzé Kene’s crackling, compelling monologueImagine an inner-city version of Un…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing review – Shakespeare meets Dad's Army by Mark Fisher

New Vic theatre, Newcastle-under-LymeBeatrice and Benedick engage in heartwarming hostilities in Northern Broadsides’ rich and rewarding productionRobin Simpson’s Benedick has just been …

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Strictly come dada! The festival where bodies turn into highways by Mark Fisher

The Manipulate festival in Scotland has surreal square dances, puppetry without puppets and jaw-dropping human landscapesIn between shows at the Manipulate festival, a veteran arts producer …

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Noughts & Crosses review – Malorie Blackman's tale is now a gripping play by Mark Fisher

Derby theatreSabrina Mahfouz has impressively distilled the inspired novel about a world where the power rests with the black populationAt the heart of Malorie Blackman’s young adult novel…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Jack Lear review – Shakespeare, shanties and a raging Barrie Rutter by Mark Fisher

Hull TruckDementia drama and Jacobean bloodbath sit uneasily alongside each other in a reworking of King Lear during the fishing industry’s dying daysThey’re a hard-bitten lot, the Lear …

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Stage of the nation: what does it mean to be a national theatre? by Mark Fisher

The national theatres of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have all caused a stir about what they represent. How should they reflect a country’s identity?They had Richard Eyre on the ra…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Wind in the Willows review – whimsical but not twee by Mark Fisher

New Vic, Newcastle-under-LymeAn immersive show for the under-fives strikes gold and acts as a primer for Peter Leslie Wild’s inventive and boisterous main stage productionAs is often the c…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Oliver Twist review – Dickens classic brims with energy and harmony by Mark Fisher

Hull TruckA sumptuous choral score is key to this slick, polished production featuring an impressive female Fagin and tightly drilled young companyThe statistics about the working poor in Th…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Christmas Carol: the story for all seasons by Mark Fisher

From Victorian penury to Caribbean party music, new productions at Leeds Playhouse and Northern Stage in Newcastle revisit Dickens’s festive favouriteIt isn’t only the ghosts of Christma…

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Mouthpiece review – provocative dialogue gives voice to working-class frustration by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghKieran Hurley’s gripping Edinburgh-set two-hander confronts the economic divide in the city and the stranglehold the middle-classes have on the artsKieran Hurley’s pro…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Good tidings he brings! Johnny McKnight, Scotland's panto powerhouse by Mark Fisher

Pantomime legend Johnny McKnight does his usual festive double, starring in Mammy Goose at the Tron in Glasgow – and writing Sleepin’ Cutie at Macrobert, StirlingIs pantomime a reactiona…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Wendy and Peter Pan review – a blast of fairy dust by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghElla Hickson’s adaptation of JM Barrie’s story is a funny and heartbreaking coming-of-age tale for its swashbuckling heroinePeter Pan is as much a concept as a cha…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Goldilocks and the Three Bears review – a turbocharged panto with pizzazz by Mark Fisher

Theatre Royal, NewcastlePlacing the story in the context of two rival circuses, Michael Harrison’s show boasts jugglers, skaters and motorcyclistsIf you want the secret behind the UK’s f…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Don't Forget the Birds review – mother and daughter tackle life after prison by Mark Fisher

Live theatre, NewcastlePlaying themselves with humour, grace and honesty, a former inmate and her daughter tell their story and reveal their bond Cheryl and Abigail Byron are on adjacent cha…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Cinderella review – a lovingly made dessert of a panto by Mark Fisher

Coliseum, OldhamKevin Shaw’s colourful panto is an enjoyable sugar rush seemingly powered by E-numbersFine Time Fontayne and Simeon Truby make their first entrance as the Ugly Sisters wear…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Pop Music review – life throws shapes on the dancefloor by Mark Fisher

Cast, Doncaster Anna Jordan tunes into intertwined lives and captures the oblivion and camaraderie of the dancefloor in her new dramaIt’s no spoiler to reveal that Pop Music ends with Come…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Under Milk Wood review – Thomas's village moves to north-east England by Mark Fisher

Northern Stage, NewcastleStaged in the round, Elayce Ismail’s production relocates Dylan Thomas’s dramatic poem about the people of Llareggub In divided times, there’s something comfor…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Clear White Light review – a gem of psychiatric gothic-horror folk-rock by Mark Fisher

Live theatre, Newcastle Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher is restaged in a Tyneside mental hospital in a poignant and politically charged musicalIt sounds like a challenge f…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Unreturning review – three generations search for home by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghAnna Jordan’s four-hander for Frantic Assembly, unfolding across time to tell parallel war stories, is performed with heart and focusA man is trying to cross the sea to …

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

All You Need Is LSD review – Doctor Who meets Timothy Leary by Mark Fisher

Unity, LiverpoolDeparting from convention and reality, Leo Butler’s simulated psychedelic experience crashes around with jolly abandonYou can imagine an Open University programme that sets…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Death of a Salesman review – Don Warrington is the business by Mark Fisher

Royal Exchange, ManchesterSarah Frankcom gives Arthur Miller’s decline-and-fall drama an extra edge in this powerful productionDon Warrington’s Willy Loman is at the centre of his own un…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Arctic Oil review – should you put your family first or the planet? by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghClare Duffy’s play skirts the big issues as an ecowarrior and her mother clash in a locked bathroom Opening in the week the UN has made dire warnings about climate chang…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Lord of the Flies review – all-female cast tears up public school rulebook by Mark Fisher

Theatr Clwyd, MoldWilliam Golding’s fable of desert-island anarchy is reinvented for the modern age in Emma Jordan’s brutal, bold productionThere’s a theory being pushed by the psychol…

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