In Review: Weeks 6-9

A round-up of November's Arts & Culture reviews!

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Image courtesy of The Dukes

National Theatre Live: Follies

Broadcast at The Dukes

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“During the 140-minute running time, we see love lost, re-found, and dashed again, as the cast relive the not-so golden days of their glitzy youth. All the characters are united by a common fear: the fear of getting older, and looking back on a life of missed potential.” – Rhiannon Davies

Courtesy of The Dukes

Waiting for Godot

The Dukes

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After the UK premiere in 1955, it was said that “Waiting for Godot” changed the rules of theatre. Godot at The Dukes was a great opportunity to witness a literary classic, or simply just to “pass the time”. A strong adaptation, with a meaningful industrial set, and excellent costume design.

Gob Squad: War and Peace

Nuffield Theatre

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“God Squad create an entertaining performance, full of meaning. Even though, it can be hard to find many connections between the production and the novel, you leave the theatre with many new questions about relations between history and our the modern day, that afterwards seems like the ultimate distraction.” – Berenika Balcer

Jubilee

Manchester Royal Exchange

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“Jubilee serves up a raw, reckless, calamity of a production that you don’t often see in mainstream theatre. Including some quintessential critiques of society and humankind that really need to be heard in our era of politics. The most refreshing, crazy, two hours of theatre I have ever witnessed” – Toby Cooke

LUTG: Chatroom

The Playroom

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Despite the show’s indecisive focus, Chatroom by LUTG showcased a delightful interpretation of the original play. With engaging utilisation of the stage, set, lighting and sound, LUTG really did involve us in the struggles of the teenage experience. – Sian Howells

The Yacoubian Building

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“‘The Yacoubian Building’ is simultaneously an engaging novel about sex, a romance about gender and power, and a comic yet sympathetic novel that gives the Western reader a quick glimpse into Egyptian society, which we have never had before. What more could you ask for?” – Sarah Jane Callender

LUTG: The History Boys

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The History Boys by Alan Bennet was quite the play for LUTG to undertake but through the combined efforts of the cast and crew they pulled it off wonderfully. From the brilliant comic timing of the actors to the engaging use of levels and projections in their stage design The History Boys kept the audience entertained through its entirety. The fun 80s soundtrack that was interspersed throughout was the cherry on top of an already great piece. – Lucy Malaihollo-Sheppard

Sketch 2017

Peter Scott Gallery

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“A clever exhibition full of variety, that gives greater access to an artist’s development process than any typical gallery ever can. You are invited to touch the work, take your time, and engage with 100 different sketchbooks all on display. This is an exhibition that cannot be done in one go, and is so effective that you feel a connection with the artists just by looking at their sketchbooks.” – Jonathan Herbert