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Preview: Ridley’s Choice

Director Jack Saville and writer James P Mannion, the duo behind last year’s Surprise, return with another seemingly familiar tale which plays fast and loose with the rules of reality. Cemented by impressive lead performances, Ridley’s Choice is a multi-layered experiment with the play’s format and is certain to challenge any preconceptions one might have previously held.

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Review: Orlando

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Last week, Tim Stanley proudly flaunted his ignorance in The Telegraph over what exactly gender is, snorting: “Apparently a “cis” is someone who identifies with the same gender that they were born with. So that’s a thing now”.

Yes, Tim, it is a thing now – and, as this difficult but well-executed production of Virginia Woolf’s quasi-autobiographical gender-bending novel proves, it’s been a thing for at least a few centuries. Or millennia. It’s difficult to tell; time in this play is malleable, contorting and folding over itself, jumping hundreds of years, in a lifetime, in an hour and forty minute run-time. (more…)

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Review: Monkey Bars

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I got my first taste of Monkey Bars last Saturday, at a rehearsal in St. John’s. Director Siwan Clark discussed her own motivation for putting on a production of the award-winning show from her mother’s work with vulnerable children, as the cast acted out a selection of scenes. Seeing the whole production in the intimate setting of the Burton Taylor Studio, I’m pleased to see, shows the same verve and energy from the preview. (more…)

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Saturday: The best of Cuppers

Cuppers is notorious for variety, and Saturday’s highlights certainly deliver, with everything from Irish nuns preaching sexual purity (and that was a comedy), to masked figures, and a re-telling of Quasimodo, from the point of view of his wife.

The day began with laughter. Regents Park’s entry depicted a Catholic school run by nuns and priests, where prayer is the only way to get through one’s O-levels and missing holy mass might just be the greatest sin of all. “Well aren’t you a fine pack of heathens”, Mother Basil exclaims to her class as they struggle to remember who is the head of the Catholic Church – is it the Pope or Jesus? – and Mary Mooney innocently enquires what sodomy might mean. (more…)

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