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A LIE OF THE MIND – Southwark Playhouse

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

Despite being blown away by True West, something about Sam Shepard makes me a little wary. I liked rather than loved Fool For Love and ultimately steered clear of the recent Buried Child and it was with a little trepidation that I allowed myself to make my way into A Lie of the Mind, produced here at the Southwark Playhouse by the folks at Defibrillator Theatre.

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WINTER SOLSTICE – Orange Tree

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

Roland Schimmelpfennig’s 2013 play Winter Solstice receives its British premiere at the Orange Tree in this Actors Touring Company production directed by Ramin Gray. And it is well worth the effort as though it may flirt with the experimental, it also cuts through to the elemental – as piercing an insight into the rise of the far right as we’ve seen on any stage.

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HANDBAGGED – Touring

In Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland, Touring by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

Handbagged, touring to the King’s all week, is an inventive, very funny and surprisingly subtle piece of theatre.

Moira Buffini’s West End hit, originally at the Tricycle Theatre, deals with the famously fractious relationship between the Queen and Mrs Thatcher during the latter’s three terms as Prime Minister.

Both characters are played by two actors – Susie Blake and Kate Fahy as the older versions, with Emma Handy and Sanchia McCormack as their younger equivalents.