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Review: The Nightmare Dreamer

Posted on 17 June 2013 by Alice Saville

Across the city, people are troubled by nightmares, each with a horribly personal symbolism of their own; their only hope is Txema Pérez, this piece’s eponymous dreamer. A drifter without a home or mobile phone, he is summoned by sufferers hanging something red in their windows. They give him food, then settle into the awkward […]

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Review: Cuddles

Posted on 20 May 2013 by Alice Saville

There are certain things that we expect from vampires: they must drink blood, fear light, be immortal and be killed by a stake through the heart. However, new elaborations are gathering like cobwebs as we replace their cloaks with leather jackets and bring them into the modern day. Cuddles, a vampire tale by Joseph Wilde, foregrounds […]

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Review: Hindle Wakes

Posted on 15 September 2012 by Alice Saville

The setting is a drawing room, idyllic fields beyond conjured by printed screens, but Stanley Houghton’s play casts out the afternoon world of tea and scones for a whisky-fuelled criticism of social and sexual mores, carefully observed, but sadly rendered in broad strokes by this fun but careless production. Written in 1910, and enjoying substantial […]

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Review: Confessions of a Butterfly

Posted on 13 September 2012 by Alice Saville

What can we do if people treat us inhumanely? This is the question posed by Jonathan Salt’s new play, and the answer he finds is: we must be more than human. This biopic of Janusz Korczak, a Polish Jewish doctor, writer and head of a Jewish orphanage, shows a man striving to be more than […]

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