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Friday, May 13, 2022

Maggie May review – deft dementia drama underscores the power of memory by Mark Fisher

Leeds PlayhouseEithne Browne gives a superb depiction of the bewilderment brought on by Alzheimer’s in Francis Poet’s sharp-witted play Frances Poet has form when it comes to dramatising…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM

First Touch review – sexual abuse blights the beautiful game by Mark Fisher

Nottingham PlayhousePlaywright Nathaniel Price’s aim is true in a predatory pitch-side tale from the 1970s If there is a victory in Nathaniel Price’s new play, it takes place in extra ti…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Nothello review – clever and joyful, Shakespeare upended by Mark Fisher

Belgrade theatre, CoventryDesdemona’s twins step forward to speak out against the racist tropes that led to their parents’ tragedy in this inclusive, urgent production We are reaching th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Passion review – thrilling singing in a rousing Sondheim reboot by Mark Fisher

Hope Mill theatre, ManchesterRuthie Henshall and Kelly Price shine in a sophisticated and intimate staging of Stephen Sondheim’s 1994 musical Stephen Sondheim’s 1994 musical is about tha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM
Monday, May 9, 2022

The Bookies review – a collective gamble against stacked odds by Mark Fisher

Dundee RepThe staff at a betting shop, and their sole punter, find their hands forced in this quirky escapist comedy Is it a sitcom? A Narnian fantasy? A Tarantino-esque bloodbath? This new …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Friday, May 6, 2022

I Wanna Be Yours review – romance across a cultural divide by Mark Fisher

Leeds PlayhouseEva Scott and Usman Nawaz deliver winning performances in this smart but ponderous tale of ill-fated love The elephant in the room is a trinket. It is an animal ornament that …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Thursday, May 5, 2022

The White Card review – a subtle debate about art and privilege by Mark Fisher

Northern Stage, NewcastleClaudia Rankine’s tense and timely play about an art collector puts white liberalism under the microscope Charles is a property developer who has built private pri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Monday, May 2, 2022

The Hope River Girls review – bold teen show transcends target market by Mark Fisher

Byre theatre, St AndrewsVicki Manderson choreographs a quietly intense show about a disorder that causes a group of girls to dance uncontrollably Last time around it was called The Afflicted…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Friday, April 29, 2022

I Am No Bird review – stripping back the Brontës’ chocolate-box history by Mark Fisher

Stephen Joseph theatre, ScarboroughThis anarchic show casts off the corsets to capture just what made these literary sisters so striking Those of us with a hatred of costume drama are in g…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:48AM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Habibti Driver review – culture-clash comedy never revs up by Mark Fisher

Octagon theatre, BoltonShamia Chalabi and Sarah Henley’s ‘East meets Wigan’ drama is at its best on the subject of cars and women’s independence You would expect the most interesting…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Opolis review – generation-gap drama plunges deep into virtual world by Mark Fisher

Alphabetti theatre, NewcastleThe possibility of trading bad memories for good drives tension in this disconcerting play by Ali Pritchard When they talk about the pre-crisis times in Ali Prit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Friday, April 15, 2022

Jane Eyre review – who is the true ‘mad woman in the attic’? by Mark Fisher

Stephen Joseph theatre, ScarboroughChris Bush’s gripping new adaptation – the centrepiece of a Brontë festival – adds an interesting psychological twist Not content with staging Chris…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Waiting for Beckett: Stephen Dillane and Conor Lovett stage the great playwright’s novel by Mark Fisher

As they prepare to bring the mesmerising How It Is to London, the actors reflect on performing a text with no characters and no punctuation Two men are meeting on Zoom, as they have done twi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:07AM
Sunday, April 10, 2022

Red Ellen review – Bettrys Jones gives towering performance in life of Labour MP by Mark Fisher

Northern Stage, NewcastleCaroline Bird’s play pays tribute to the leftwing firebrand Ellen Wilkinson, who led Jarrow march and as a Labour minister introduced free school milk Director Wi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Friday, April 8, 2022

Orphans review – buoyant musical about death, grief and boozing by Mark Fisher

SEC Armadillo, GlasgowFour adult siblings react to their mother’s death in wildly different ways, in this raucous musical adaptation of Peter Mullan’s 1998 film black comedy If the idea …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Hedwig and the Angry Inch review – Divina De Campo brings drag queen swagger to grunge musical by Mark Fisher

Leeds PlayhousePulsing songs are the bedrock of this show as De Campo’s larger-than-life stage presence is matched by an effortless vocal range John Cameron Mitchell’s grunge musical is …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24PM
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Fighting Irish review – from a grudge to a riot in boxing courtroom drama by Mark Fisher

Belgrade theatre, CoventryJamie McGough’s play, based on the true story of a family of boxers, highlights a sporting defeat to discuss the politics of discrimination It’s hard to think o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM
Monday, March 28, 2022

Roald Dahl’s the Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar review – the ego has landed in cheery adaptation by Mark Fisher

Perth theatreMagical illusions and mind-reading tricks add to the fizzy performances in a colourful production with clever parallels If you’re looking for narcissism, Rob Drummond offers i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:54AM
Friday, March 25, 2022

Me and My Sister Tell Each Other Everything review – a sensitive study of sisterhood by Mark Fisher

Tron, GlasgowImpossible ideals unravel in a demanding but funny two-hander with a standout turn from Eilidh Loan It’s the middle of the night and Murph has called her sister Jos for a chat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Thursday, March 17, 2022

Kes review – superb poetic evocation of much-loved tale by Mark Fisher

Octagon theatre, BoltonThis is a bold and adventurous version of Barry Hines’s story about a boy finding respite in nature Nishla Smith silences the theatre. She appears from on high and s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Marvellous review – Neil Baldwin’s life story gets more amazing by Mark Fisher

New Vic theatre, Newcastle-under-LymeSeven actors portray the charming friend to archbishops and circus stars in this freewheeling show The improbable story of Neil Baldwin gets more improba…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Irish Annie’s review – it’s the Ricky Tomlinson show by Mark Fisher

Theatre Royal, St HelensThe actor and raconteur is in his element in Asa Murphy’s jolly Irish bar-themed patchwork production Is that a look of delight or terror in the eyes of the cast wh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Sunday, March 13, 2022

Cherry Jezebel – Liverpool’s drag queens offer a darkly comic night of the soul by Mark Fisher

Everyman, LiverpoolWith merciless invective and scatter-gun put-downs, Jonathan Larkin’s comedy is black to the point of cruelty in a bleak but uplifting play about after-hours queer cultu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:48PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

The Scent of Roses review – a squirming study of truth and lies by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghZinnie Harris’s bold drama is a funny, frequently disorienting look at the evasion and deceits that corrode relationships Where do we draw the line between a white l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:37AM
Thursday, March 3, 2022

Kerbs review – tender comedy about the road to romance by Mark Fisher

Belgrade theatre, CoventryA couple with disabilities find their witty dating-app personas are at odds with real life in this charming romcom Online, Lucy and David are slick and witty. Meeti…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Sunday, February 27, 2022

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde review – theatre-film hybrid is an unwieldy beast by Mark Fisher

Leith theatre, EdinburghHope Dickson Leach relocates RL Stevenson’s gothic chiller to its spiritual home in Edinburgh and gives it a modern format, but it’s a verbose, old-fashioned work…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42PM
Sunday, February 20, 2022

Moorcroft review – bittersweet football comedy is right on target by Mark Fisher

Tron, GlasgowInspired by stories of her father’s youth, Eilidh Loan’s vibrant debut tackles race, sexuality and illness – and is as funny in execution as it is serious in purpose Here …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12PM
Wednesday, February 9, 2022

As You Like It review – Northern Broadsides stage a dreamy quest by Mark Fisher

New Vic theatre, Newcastle-under-LymeLaurie Sansom’s languid production of Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy is all about appearances A colourful cast of characters dance round the maypole a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24PM
Monday, February 7, 2022

The Invisible Man review – HG Wells in the psychiatrist’s room by Mark Fisher

Northern Stage, NewcastleTroubled young man Simon Griffin is invisible to society even before the vanishing act, while his therapist has the opposite problem The legacy of The Invisible Man …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06AM
Sunday, January 30, 2022

Manipulate festival review – a wealth of delights for the imagination by Mark Fisher

Summerhall and the Studio, Festival theatre, EdinburghMagical AR miniatures and a dream-like circus drama are among the impressive productions opening this celebration of visually led theatr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54PM
Monday, January 17, 2022

Zoo Mundo review – an exhilarating spin through time and across continents by Mark Fisher

Available onlineFrom a small studio in his family home, Thaddeus Phillips blends magician’s tricks and object-theatre techniques to build a delightful story In the infant artform of online…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03AM