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‘I was hooked from start to finish’: THE GOOD DAD (A LOVE STORY) – Hope Theatre ★★★★½

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Written by Gail Louw, the good dad (a love story) is a compelling piece about the devastating impact sexual abuse and incest has on 3 different women. It is a masterclass in shifting perspectives that add new nuance and intrigue to what would otherwise be a horribly bleak story. Donna was sexually abused and raped from childhood by her Dad. Her twin sister Carol surely must have suspected something, why didn’t she say anything? Or did she? And her mother, well lets just say she sees Donna as the other woman. As time goes by, and Donna can see her Dad falling back into recognisable patterns, it is up to her to do something about it. Except that isn’t where we start, we start at the end and look back, with the story told from the rubble of these 3 women’s lives.

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‘Very moving’: LEAR ALONE – And Tomorrow Theatre Company (Online review)

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In partnership with Crisis, the And Tomorrow Theatre Company has developed a quintet of plays (Abdictation, Dissolution, Isolation, Desolation) which take Shakespeare’s King Lear as inspiration – drawing out the lines of Lear himself. This project, which places the character of the king into a modern and harsh London, is directed by Anthony Shrubsall with cinematography by Charles Teton and is called Lear Alone.

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‘Taking stock of human connection’: LOVE SCREENS – Open Ealing (Online review)

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In OPEN Ealing’s Love Screens – three short plays that are written by Nicolas Ridley and directed by Anthony Shrubsall – relationships are placed under the microscope: those that have run their course, those that have remained in a state of inertia and those that may blossom, given the right circumstances.