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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran review – a world of excess by Mark Fisher

Available onlinePerformed live on YouTube and Instagram, this play’s study of bling, hedonism and vacuous consumption stands in starker relief than ever WhatsApp pings with a message from …

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Friday, June 26, 2020

work_from_home review – audiences become actors in witty Zoom show by Mark Fisher

Available onlineMixing existential soul-searching with wry comedy, this is an adventurous production starring its viewers Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance online The stor…

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Rockets and Blue Lights review – swirling journey through black history by Mark Fisher

Available onlineWinsome Pinnock’s play, responding to JMW Turner’s Slave Ship painting, is a timely contribution to the Black Lives Matter campaign Hottest front-room seats: the best the…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Bringing the stage to the airwaves: David Greig's romance for our times by Mark Fisher

The playwright and the director Elizabeth Newman on how they reimagined their new theatre production for radio in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak ‘We never ask the right question of t…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Scenes for Survival review – Brian Cox is Inspector Rebus under lockdown by Mark Fisher

Available onlineIan Rankin’s stalwart detective struggles with self-isolation in one of six quarantine-themed short films from the National Theatre of Scotland Hottest front-room seats: th…

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Coriolanus review – orgiastic frenzy in a modern-day setting by Mark Fisher

Available onlineAndré Sills dominates the stage as a leader hungry for battle in Robert Lepage’s up-to-date take on Shakespeare’s tragedy Hottest front-room seats: best theatre and danc…

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Five from Inside review – the inner workings of the mind in isolation by Mark Fisher

Available onlineFrom a violent prisoner to a haunted children’s entertainer, these up-close-and-personal new monologues by Rona Munro show us characters in retreat from the outside world …

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Lockdown panto in your living room? At Easter? Oh yes it is! by Mark Fisher

Available onlineMercury Theatre Colchester and St Helens Theatre Royal have both launched online pantomimes for isolated audiences Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to wa…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Edinburgh festival's cancellation will be felt not just around the city but the world by Mark Fisher

The world’s biggest arts festival is loved for its camaraderie and inspiration. This feels like cancelling Christmas – but performers will respond creatively The story used to be about h…

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

L'École des femmes review – MeToo times add bite to Molière comedy by Mark Fisher

Available online A controlling fool in love comes across more like a sexual predator in this engagingly perceptive Stéphane Braunschweig production for France’s Théâtre de l’Odéon Fr…

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

All the world's a page: the joy of scripts during theatre's shutdown by Mark Fisher

As venues close due to Covid-19, there’s a world of published drama to savour, from text that falls off the page to Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘undirectable’ collage Coronavirus and culture …

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Barefoot in the Park review – Neil Simon's newlyweds in a riveting ritual by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry Festival theatreJessica Hardwick and Olivier Huband are compelling as a young couple facing harsh realities once their honeymoon ends It’s the second half of Neil Simon’s comed…

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Metamorphosis review – Kafka classic becomes metaphor for pandemic by Mark Fisher

Tron, GlasgowKafka’s story is given a chilling update that chimes with our times, referencing the migrant crisis, the gig economy and fear of the unknown Of all the shows to have been affe…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Smile Club review – twists, turns and feminist rage in dystopian solo show by Mark Fisher

Leeds PlayhouseAfter being told one too many times to ‘cheer up, love’, Andrea Heaton’s Lisa lashes out and is sent to a finishing school to suppress ideas of resistance We’re basica…

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The Glee Club review – Yorkshire miners soar through song by Mark Fisher

Cast, DoncasterCompassion triumphs over prejudice in Richard Cameron’s play about pit workers who form a close-harmony combo One of the stipulations of the Bechdel test, designed to measur…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Oliver Twist review – artful new take on Dickens is stunning by Mark Fisher

Leeds Playhouse The Victorian orphan is given an even greater sense of exclusion in Amy Leach’s excellent production for Ramps on the Moon Brooklyn Melvin’s Oliver has a ferocious roar b…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti review – Denise Mina's Scottish Brecht falls flat by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghThis update with Elaine C Smith focuses on Scotland’s landowning class but struggles to make the satire funny There are sad drunks and there are happy drunks. Elaine…

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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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