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NEWS: Royal Court reinstates Rita, Sue & Bob Too’s London run after outcry

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The Royal Court Theatre and Out of Joint have today (13 December 2017) issues a joint press statement announcing that they have chosen not to present the current touring production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too at the Royal Court in January 2018. The London season, announced last year when Max Stafford-Clark was still Out of Joint artistic director, was due to run from 9 to 27 January 2018.

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NEWS: Royal Court pulls London dates for Out of Joint revival of Rita, Sue & Bob Too

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The Royal Court Theatre and Out of Joint have today (13 December 2017) issues a joint press statement announcing that they have chosen not to present the current touring production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too at the Royal Court in January 2018. The London season, announced last year when Max Stafford-Clark was still Out of Joint artistic director, was due to run from 9 to 27 January 2018.

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NEWS: Hollyoaks’ James Atherton stars in Out of Joint’s Rita, Sue & Bob Too revival

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Taj Atwal, Gemma Dobson and James Atherton (well known from TV’s Hollyoaks and Coronation Street) are Rita, Sue and Bob Too in Max Stafford-Clark’s new Out of Joint production of Andrea Dunbar‘s 1982 landmark play. They’re joined in the cast by Sally Bankes, Samantha Robinson and David Walker. Following its opening at Octagon Theatre from 6 to 23 September 2017, Rita, Sue and Bob Too will …

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NEWS: Inaugural finalists & judges announced for £8k WiT Awards for new writers

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Five finalists have been shortlisted for the first WiT Award, a prize created to discover and nurture new writers working in the theatre industry. The winner will be announced at a reception on 25 May. The winning writer will receive an £8,000 commission; and additionally a development relationship with Out of Joint theatre company, to include an opportunity to workshop a play with actors and a director.

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NEWS: Out of Joint transfers ‘Blindfolded Beckett’ play All That Fall to Arts

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Following sell-out performances at Wilton’s Music Hall and Bristol Old Vic, Max Stafford-Clark’s acclaimed production of All That Fall by Samuel Beckett will immediately transfer to the West End, playing at the Arts Theatre from 13 April to 14 May 2016, ahead of Out of Joints season of political plays, A View From Islington North.

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JANE WENHAM, THE WITCH OF WALKERN – Arcola Theatre

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The best theatre is controversial theatre, but some controversies just make you want to weep. Out of Joint theatre company has been touring Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern (co-produced with Watford Palace Theatre and Arcola Theatre) since September last year. All was going well until the 13 October performance at Ipswich High School for Girls was cancelled by the venue “citing concerns over the play’s language”. Max Stafford-Clark, Out of Joint’s artistic director, said: “It is deeply troubling that a play which so eloquently examines witch persecutions from a feminist perspective, and looks at the way society treated and continues to treat women, is considered inappropriate for an audience of young women. The school has also said that the inclusion of swearing is inappropriate, a policy which presumably rules out much contemporary drama or fiction for study.” Indeed. But enough about the follies of our educators, what about the play?

Diary of a theatre addict: 11 shows across 8 days – (nearly) all great! A record?

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Across the eight days and nights between last Sunday and tonight, I’ll have seen 11 shows, and (excepting tonight which I’ve not seen yet and one of which was a critics’ preview and I’m therefore not in a position to comment publicly on yet), I’ve loved eight out of the nine. That’s an incredible strike record for one week, and one of those runs of great shows that you only dream of. It helps, of course, that I was playing catch up on six of them, so I was in (comparatively) safer hands than going blind to yet-to-be reviewed shows. But there’s also a fear that a show won’t live up to the good reviews youv’e already read and absorbed.