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Friday, February 21, 2020

Smile review – Dundee United's 'football pervert' brought to hilarious grimacing life by Mark Fisher

Dundee RepTitle-winning coach Jim McLean is played with raging mastery by Barrie Hunter in a two-hander that pulls some punches He was the manager described by one player as a “football pe…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Quality Street review – JM Barrie's bittersweet romcom is a treat by Mark Fisher

Viaduct theatre, HalifaxShakespeare meets Richard Curtis in the play that gave its name to the chocolates, carried by boisterous performances and sweet-wrapper chic As the new artistic direc…

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Secret Garden review – grunts and gags in lush retelling by Mark Fisher

Byre theatre, St AndrewsThis imaginative adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s gothic fable amps up the physical storytelling with comic results When my daughter was very young she devel…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Alone in Berlin review – chilling drama of defiance against Nazi tyranny by Mark Fisher

Royal and Derngate, NorthamptonModern-day echoes resound in Alistair Beaton’s adaptation of the novel about tiny acts of rebellion in 1940s Germany ‘The plan…” says Anna Quangel (Cha…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Crongton Knights review – teen quest pursued with bravado by Mark Fisher

Belgrade theatre, Coventry Friends venture into danger on a rival estate armed with sassy spirit and beatbox energy – if not a clear plan – in this lively adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s …

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Ask Me Anything review – an astute untangling of adolescent angst by Mark Fisher

Live theatre, NewcastleA trio of actors try to provide answers for teenagers’ anxieties in Paper Birds’ razor-sharp show One teenager wants to know when you’re ready to have a baby. A…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Two review – marriage's endless boxing match pulls no punches in the pub by Mark Fisher

New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme Actors swap multiple characters to share stories and trade blows as pints are pulled and relationships dissected in Jim Cartwright’s bittersweet comic drama T…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Manipulate festival review – dazzlingly inventive and extravagantly bizarre by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, Edinburgh Annual festival of visual theatre delivers a busy mix of puppetry, silent comedy, modern dance and the hard to define When you’re used to performing to four people, a…

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Scenes from Santiago: Chile's protests spill from streets to stage by Mark Fisher

The city’s theatre is emotional, indignant and polemical finds our critic on a whirlwind trip through a dozen shows The sparky young performers on stage thank us for coming out tonight. Th…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Move~Gluasad review – a play about death driven by the pulse of life by Mark Fisher

Uig Community Centre, Isle of LewisJulia Taudevin’s show about the Gaelic tradition of singing for the dead takes us on a dizzying spin through space and time It’s based on keening ritua…

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Familie review – Milo Rau's soulful hymn to life on the brink of death by Mark Fisher

NTGent, Ghent, BelgiumAn acting family play the members of a family about to take their own lives in this unnerving and heartbreaking celebration of the ordinary It is a dark winter’s nigh…

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Message from the Skies review – Edinburgh's heritage illuminated by Mark Fisher

Various venues, EdinburghCharlotte Runcie and Irvine Welsh are among the writers exploring Scotland’s maritime history in these evocative installations A litany of names is projected on th…

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

I Can Go Anywhere review – asylum seeker's mod makeover by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghDouglas Maxwell’s two-hander teases and cajoles us with questions about how we see ourselves Jimmy says he doesn’t want to be a story. An asylum seeker in Glasgow, he …

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Miracle on 34th Street review – brings the gift of wonder if not of song by Mark Fisher

Playhouse, LiverpoolThe hard-working cast bring enough enthusiasm and gusto to this musical adaptation to disguise its weak score The word “believe” has been projected in big letters up …

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Pinocchio review – frightening delight in a post-puppet world by Mark Fisher

Tramway, GlasgowTreating Carlo Collodi’s allegory with the seriousness it deserves, this sincere and playful production draws a vulnerable boy into the tale’s darkest corners Don’t be …

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Friday, December 6, 2019

The Snow Queen review – rowdy show drowns out Andersen's wonder by Mark Fisher

Northern Stage, NewcastleSpectacle trumps subtlety as Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of lost innocence is stifled by a topical plot and noisy percussion You can see the temptation. You’…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Peter Pan review – Barrie classic staged with plenty of pixie dust by Mark Fisher

Hull TruckMaking Wendy younger gives a different dynamic to Deborah McAndrew’s engaging adaptation, with Baker Mukasa’s spontaneous Peter She’s a theatrical sort, is Vanessa Schofield…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Strange Tales review – a feast of eerie stories from Chinese folklore by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghFrom a man sneezing out frog-like creatures to a husband restored to life with the phlegm of a beggar, these supernatural fables are uncanny Being human is a risk. You nev…

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Wizard of Oz review – thrilling staging, tremendous performances by Mark Fisher

Leeds PlayhouseDorothy turns eco-warrior, seeking justice in an unjust world, in this visually exciting production of the children’s classic Check out the internet theory that Greta Thunbe…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

West Side Story review – hip-swinging, skirt-twirling love story gets gritty by Mark Fisher

Curve, LeicesterThe classic musical gets a bold makeover in this stylish and intimate production directed by Nikolai Foster It’s not every show that comes with an endorsement from the loca…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Oor Wullie review – help ma boab, it's a braw musical! by Mark Fisher

Dundee RepThe Scottish comic-strip transfers to the stage in a witty show addressing cultural anxieties about belonging, driven by a rock, gospel and bhangra score It would be a stretch to c…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

The Prince and the Pauper review – trading-places twins double the fun by Mark Fisher

New Vic theatre, Newcastle-under-LymeSisters Danielle and Nichole Bird create a dreamlike mirror image in a superbly staged production, alive with music, wit and spectacle It was written as …

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Jack and the Beanstalk review – bright and cheery but lacking heart by Mark Fisher

Coliseum, OldhamWhat used to be one boy’s coming-of-age struggle with a tyrannous ogre is now a free-for-all Boisterous, full-throttled and cheery it may be, but it’s hard to locate the …

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Fibres review – rail against asbestos entwines personal and political by Mark Fisher

Paisley Arts CentreA shipyard electrician and his wife suffer the debilitating effects of a preventable, man-made disease in Frances Poet’s play In 1898, factory inspector Lucy Deane Strea…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

I Have Met the Enemy (and the Enemy Is Us) review – ticking bomb of Britain's arms trade by Mark Fisher

Byker Community Centre, NewcastleThis explosive, techno-soundtracked assault on the military machine cuts between war-zone combatants and anxious families in the weapons industry Two men loo…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Panopticon review – intense and brutal tale of a loveless childhood by Mark Fisher

Traverse, EdinburghAnna Russell-Martin gives a magnetic performance as Anais, the 15-year-old resident of a care home, who dreams of reinventing herself Anna Russell-Martin doesn’t crack a…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Macbeth review – ferocity and techno witches in gender-switched tragedy by Mark Fisher

Royal Exchange, ManchesterLucy Ellinson stars as a lean, mean and moody Macbeth in Christopher Haydon’s noisy, dystopian production, with Ony Uhiara as a high-spirited wife Let’s number …

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Composed review – behind the curtain on how theatre is made by Mark Fisher

Northern Stage, NewcastleArts employee Rosa Postlethwaite sets out to satirise the corporate machinery of modern theatre – but deadpan irony gets it in the way Do you remember a time befor…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century by Michael Billington, Alexis Soloski, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

A hip-hop history lesson, a dizzy Dahl musical and a continent-hopping barbershop … we pick the finest new works of theatre since 2000 Jez Butterworth: the sage behind our No1 Continue rea…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Solaris review – love and loneliness collide in best take yet on sci-fi classic by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghDavid Greig follows Tarkovsky and Soderbergh with this bold, rewarding take on Stanisław Lem’s novel about a sentient planet speaking to its visitors If a sentient …

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Friday, September 13, 2019

One Man, Two Guvnors review – a jolly romp wearing borrowed clothes by Mark Fisher

Derby theatreSarah Brigham’s revival of Richard Bean’s brilliant and chaotic comedy hoodwinks the audience into its games, but lacks the original’s taste for danger Such was the air of…

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