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‘At the core of this play is the importance of a patient’s quality of life’: THE QUALITY OF MERCY – Courtyard Theatre ★★★★★

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Given the nature of the show and its subject matter, The Quality of Mercy is an ‘understated’ affair. However, this is not a criticism or back-handed compliment. Quite the opposite. Flay has distilled all the facts and the myriad of opinions on the matter and created a deftly-fashioned show that lifts the layers off Shipman’s cognitive reasoning and treats the victims with the utmost respect.

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CARE – Courtyard Theatre

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The Courtyard’s revival of Roy Mitchell’s Care, last produced in 1983 at the Royal Court Upstairs and now presented by the Angus McKay Foundation, interrogates a fraught young couple living in Birmingham in the 1970s. Childlike in their domestic play – bouncing between football, music, comic books and sex – each lover attempts to survive the other’s presence over a long Easter weekend.

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bare. – Courtyard Theatre

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Three young women, three short solo performance pieces, three stories of vulnerability make bare., a thematically linked evening of new writing. Each of the three mini-plays has a distinct style and is performed by the writer. They vary in the quality of writing and inventiveness, and feel very new – more like scratch performances rather than finished pieces.

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Weekly Theatre Podcast: Splendour, A Naughty Night with Noel Coward, King Lear with Sheep

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Every week, a group of regular, dedicated, independent theatre bloggers gather together for intelligent discussion “from the audience’s perspective” about plays and musicals they’ve recently seen in London. Lively, informed and entertaining. My Theatre Mates is delighted to syndicate the (still) As Yet Unnamed London Theatre Podcast (AYULTP). Shows discussed (with timings) in this week’s podcast: A Naughty Night with …

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Review: Death Row Cowboy (Courtyard Theatre)

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You know when you’re fumbling in the dark with the theatre programme and holding it up to the stage light to find the bit that says ‘based on a true story’ ? Well, that. Death Row Cowboy has such a realistic feel of documentary or journalistic theatre that I wondered for a moment why I’d […]

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