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Mr Gillie, Finborough Theatre – review

Credit: Lidia Crisafulli

Pros: A forgotten play gains new resonance in this timely revival. Cons: It’s very wordy, and the first act takes quite a while to pick up momentum. On Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, a visit to the Finborough Theatre will take you back to 1950’s rural Scotland. To be precise, it will drop you into the fictional mining village of Crult, where Mr Gillie is the headmaster of the small school, and where his radical ideas about education are not always ...

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Tommy, Theatre Royal Stratford East – Review

Credit: Stratford East

Pros: The cast, the live music and the great use of integrated sign language. Cons: Pete Townshend – bloody good songwriter, questionable grasp on narrative structure. Ramps on the Moon is a long-term collaboration between a number of theatres and theatre companies, whose collective aim is to create shows that are accessible by and inclusive of people who are d/Deaf, disabled and visually impaired. In their latest outing, The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy is given a vigorous makeover that ...

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Jam, Finborough Theatre – Review

Credit: Mathew Foster

Pros: Two very fine actors giving top notch performances. Cons: The staging needs a bit of work; in a small space like this, one actor can easily block the view of the rest of the scene, which happened quite a few times. Thank god for air conditioning. On one of the hottest days of the year so far, I would normally not be looking forward to spending my evening in a tiny black box theatre above a pub. The Finborough ...

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