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Replay, Pleasance Courtyard – Review

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Pros: The topic, the text, the direction, the acting, the sound and lighting. Everything in this production is a delight. Cons: There was a bit of noise coming from the adjacent rooms. Laughter and tears chase each other in this intimate drama written and performed by the brilliant Nicola Wren. With a good dose of humour, she gives a potent account of her character’s experience as a female police officer and her struggle to come to terms with her brother’s tragic passing. ...

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The Passion of the Playboy Riots, Hen and Chickens Theatre – Review

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Pros: Its well-researched and original approach to the dark times of Irish history. Cons: Being unfamiliar with the topic, I found the play difficult to enjoy. If you’re familiar with Irish history and the troubles, The Passion of the Playboy Riots gives a valuable insight into the role of theatre at the origins of the IRA. Spanning 24 years, the play is based on the published writings of William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory, founders of the Irish Literary Theatre, and Patrick Pearse, ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Omnibus Theatre – Review

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Pros: Imaginative, energetic and really entertaining. Cons: The performance is quite long and requires some serious stamina. The other night I had a funny dream. Accompanied by three other people, I was exploring the streets of Clapham Old Town, visiting estate agents, entering empty Italian cafes and interacting with some odd individuals. I had headed to Clapham Common to attend a performance of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream but, instead of the theatre’s address, I was told to wait ...

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