Review Roundup

A summary of last month's highlights...

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Blackout: Tales from Storm Desmond

The Dukes

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“Blackout is a brilliant success which sensitively deals with the disasters of Storm Desmond, whilst creating a thoroughly entertaining production. Provoking an audience response filled with such high levels of pride and emotion is not an easy task- but one that Blackout achieves so easily.” – Toby Cooke

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Tom Stade

Nuffield Theatre

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“The majority of Stade’s jokes circle back to the fairly pedestrian themes of relationships and technology, but not without characteristic detours down dark alleys where the best of his humour lurks, ensuring that his reception is far from staid.”  – Laura Parnaby

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Nocturnes

Nuffield Theatre

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“Nocturnes creates a wonderful complexity within the piece as the audience, who are ever aware of the theatre setting in which they are sat, begin to question whether it is the actors on stage, screen or in the theatre itself that are representing the ‘real’ world.” – Lucy Malaihollo-Sheppard

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The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman

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“Pullman successfully keeps the spirit and issues of his original trilogy alive whilst crafting a new story in which the theme of authoritarianism is more present than ever, emphasising how the world has changed since His Dark Materials. This is storytelling for all ages at it’s best, we are lucky to have Pullman” – Jonathan Herbert

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The Two Minds of Socrates

The Storey

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“A confident and intelligent production, which seems genuinely interested in its source material and features excellent sound design and performances” – Toby Cooke

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Medea, written in rage

Nuffield Theatre

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“A brave experiment with a classic text, that deals with issues of gender fluidity, infidelity, and how new media can reinvigorate the literary canon.” – Fiamma Curti

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The Sun And Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

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“An empowering collection of poetry for all audiences- particularly those from immigrant backgrounds.” – Grace Edge