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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Five of my favourite theatre productions of 2021 by Shane Morgan

We all know how we feel about 2021. What we need to do is celebrate what made it fabulous so here is my pick of what the year had to offer.

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

‘The right show in the right place at the right time’: OZ – Bristol by Shane Morgan

Pins and Needles Productions, in league with Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatre makes a reliably bold move by taking something familiar and confounding expectations every step of the way.

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

‘Transporting us by engaging the heart, mind & soul’: How theatre-makers adapted in 2020 by Shane Morgan

Here are Shane Morgan’s picks of how 2020 in theatre has continued to do what it does best: transporting us by engaging the heart, mind and soul.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

‘Finding the meeting point between language & understanding’: ADVENTURES WITH THE PAINTED PEOPLE – Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Radio review) by Shane Morgan

'If a theatrical phoenix is to rise post-pandemic, it could do a lot worse than to look and sound as resplendent as this.'

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

‘A lean, swift & feisty political thriller’: CORIOLANUS – Donmar Warehouse (Online review) by Shane Morgan

To take a play as epic in scale as Coriolanus and find a natural home within the intimacy of London’s Donmar Warehouse takes a skill and lightness of touch that is not only rare but all so…

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

‘Each piece is bold in its message, brave in its execution & a thrill to watch’: BETTER IN PERSON – Burn Bright (Online review) by Shane Morgan

'There is no doubt that this is the first of many events from the Burn Bright family. A family that has staked it very existence on the fact that we need a seismic shift in the way we create…

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Why is theatre so London-centric… even online? 11 must-watch streams from beyond the M25 by Shane Morgan

'Theatre is everywhere. It is regional. It is rural. It is poor. Now it is in your front room, it can be from anywhere.'

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

‘Akin to a beautifully composed piece of music’: THE SON – West End by Shane Morgan

The Son is akin to a beautifully composed piece of music. A perfect balance of light and shade with an inevitable surge to a heart thumping climax.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

‘A dynamite piece of theatre’: SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE BOY – Touring by Shane Morgan

Sweet Like Chocolate Boy is a majestic cultural odyssey that melds genres, storytelling techniques and timelines into a high octane, often incredibly moving, very funny and sharply observed …

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Monday, July 1, 2019

‘A clear favourite to be one of 2019’s best offerings’: THE HUNT – Almeida Theatre by Shane Morgan

The Hunt is not easy viewing. It will certainly divide opinion and it is loud and clear in its desire to provoke discussion. It is also an intelligently written adaptation steeped in theatri…

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Monday, May 27, 2019

‘A heady mix of theatre & performance art’: DRESSED. – Touring by Shane Morgan

dressed. is an unflinching, deeply personal, deeply political insight into the horror of assault, both physical and psychological.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

‘Geographical & emotional odyssey’: BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES – Touring by Shane Morgan

Barber Shop Chronicles is a bold and inexorable march towards changing the way we share stories, shifting the mainstream narrative and dealing with both joy and pain in equal measure.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

‘Utterly compelling storytelling’: THE CANE – Royal Court Theatre by Shane Morgan

A finely tuned, rapid fire and utterly compelling 100 minutes of theatre. The Cane challenges, provokes and entertains

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Friday, December 28, 2018

‘They captured my heart, engaged my mind & punched me in the gut’: In Praise of Theatre in 2018 by Shane Morgan

In my round-up of theatre in 2017, I warned 2018 that it had “big shoes to fill”. Not only did 2018 not need the door to be opened, but it also didn’t even need anyone to hold its coat.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

‘Inspiring, beautifully told & full of heart’: CHASING BONO – Soho Theatre by Shane Morgan

Chasing Bono is inspiring, beautifully told and full of heart. Inspired programming and highly recommended.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

‘One of the most captivating productions of the year’: CUCKOO – Soho Theatre by Shane Morgan

Lisa Carroll’s Papatango shortlisted debut Cuckoo has the subject of identity stamped on its DNA. It raises questions about the value of where you are from and what does moving away from t…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

‘Yields many strong performances’: HENRY V – Touring by Shane Morgan

Whilst Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s latest offering yields many strong and a couple of exceptional performances, the ambition and scale never really extends beyond the four pillars…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

‘A theatrical triumph’: TOUCHING THE VOID – Bristol by Shane Morgan

Touching The Void is a theatrical triumph. David Greig, Tom Morris and the team have created a piece of theatre that excels beyond mere adaptation.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

‘Transformative & wholly enveloping’: THE JUNGLE – West End by Shane Morgan

The Jungle is theatre at its best: transformative and wholly enveloping. It sucker punches you whilst it is happening and it blooms long after you have left the makeshift Jungle. I was a lat…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

‘Seems like a huge wasted opportunity’: FLASHDANCE – Touring by Shane Morgan

For a feelgood, heart-racing, toe-tapping story to feel so joyless, despite the best efforts of the cast, seems like a huge wasted opportunity. Reach for the DVD rather than your dancing sho…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

‘A masterclass in performance’: NOTES FROM THE FIELD – Royal Court Theatre by Shane Morgan

This is an extraordinary theatrical experience given in kindness, strength and bucket loads of humanity that provides a platform for change. Take it up. We need Notes From The Field now more…

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

‘An instant classic’: A MONSTER CALLS – Bristol & The Old Vic by Shane Morgan

In the hands of Sally Cookson, A Monster Calls is an instant classic: a show that transforms both hearts and minds through the magic of authentic storytelling. Go with someone and join the m…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

‘The end result is just sound and fury’: THE DAMNED UNITED – Bristol by Shane Morgan

There is a lot to be said for keeping a show succinct and there is no doubt that diehard fans of the game and the man will get a lot out of Red Ladder’s The Damned United. When you lose to…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

’A dynamic, personal & captivating insight into loss, grief & the human condition’: ONE MINUTE – Cirencester by Shane Morgan

Iwan Lewis’ direction is assured and he is truly at home creating an increasingly wide ripple effect in the intimate surroundings of The Barn Theatre, which after The Secret Garden and now…

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

‘An imagination explosion exploited to its full capacity’: THE NATURE OF WHY – Bristol by Shane Morgan

The joy created by this remarkable company is second only to the joy felt by those lucky enough to see The Nature of Why. This isn’t a performance you simply see or hear. It’s one you fe…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

‘One of the most exciting pieces of work seen on a Bristol stage in a long time’: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE – Bristol by Shane Morgan

With this View From The Bridge, Tobacco Factory Theatres Artistic director Mike Tweddle has orchestrated a piece of theatre so seamless, so beautifully directed that his own work is invisibl…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘Nostalgia-soaked show’: THE BAND – Touring by Shane Morgan

Whilst this nostalgia-soaked show may not deny any dreams, the overwhelming success of The Band at the box office does limit ambition in storytelling by being so simplistic and, at times, ju…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Three picks: How was the best of Birmingham’s BE Festival on tour? by Shane Morgan

This year’s theatrical smorgasbord from BE Festival offered pieces from France, the UK and Spain. Andre and Dorine by Spain’s Kulunka Teatro is a full-mask exploration of the agony and h…

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