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Panti Bliss review – forceful account of a remarkable life
The Irish drag queen and activist, AKA Rory O’Neill, feelingly recounts her journey in a country long hostile to difference

Brian Logan

31, May, 2023 @1:39 PM

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The Shape of Things review – seductive sociopaths show cruel intent
The tension is raised in Neil LaBute’s dark comedy as entitled Evelyn sets about remoulding unworldly Adam from geek to good-looking boyfriend

Arifa Akbar

31, May, 2023 @11:50 AM

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Music of the night(club): my enchanted evening at the party that plays only show tunes
Australia’s new pop-up party might sound like your nightmare, but for some of us, to hear the people sing is just sublime

Cassie Tongue

31, May, 2023 @3:02 AM

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‘There’s something Shakespearean about Gareth Southgate’: the epic play about England’s hero
He came back from a disastrous penalty to reignite the English men’s football team – and inspire a country in the grip of gloom. Writer James Graham reveals how he turned the ‘quiet guy doing The Impossible Job’ into gripping drama

David Hytner

30, May, 2023 @3:19 PM

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‘I don’t care, I know I look good’: Dan Daw on kink, disability and ‘powerful crip joy’
The Australian dancer set out to create his ideal sub-dom experience on stage. Could it help audiences express their desires in the world outside of sex?

Steve Dow

30, May, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Edinburgh international children’s festival review – the playful inner child v the serious grownup
For children wondering what their parents do all day, many of the delightful shows programmed here will show them that they’re not really so grown up

Mark Fisher

30, May, 2023 @11:33 AM

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Under the Kundè Tree review – a fractured tale of family strife and colonial uprising
Boldly directed, lyrically enacted play melds a personal story of rebellion in French Cameroon with the story of independence – but leaves both unfinished

Arifa Akbar

30, May, 2023 @11:04 AM

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Newsroom satire Drop the Dead Donkey to return in stage revival
The stage version of the much-loved sitcom, which finished on TV 25 years ago, will be written by the duo behind the original series and feature several members of the original cast

Chris Wiegand

30, May, 2023 @7:00 AM

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‘They don’t know the rules’: actors hit back at theatregoers phoning, drinking and fighting
What’s it like to star in a play when audience members watch football, ring friends, open lagers or pass round entire chickens? Actors vent their anger at the ‘Netflix mindset’ of the new post-Covid generation

Tom Ambrose

29, May, 2023 @2:51 PM

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Encore! Surefire shows returning for the Edinburgh festival in 2023
In the run-up to the festival, our writers will choose new productions that have caught their eye – but here’s a selection of those we’ve already reviewed

Chris Wiegand, Anya Ryan, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher, Kate Wyver, Arifa Akbar and David Jays

29, May, 2023 @1:51 PM

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Gypsy review – the ultimate stage mother rules with hard-bitten brashness
Mama Rose drags her two daughters from one vaudeville fleapit to the next in a bulldozer of a role

Mark Fisher

29, May, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Jacky review – incredibly uncomfortable, thoughtful theatre
Fairfax Studio, Melbourne Theatre Company
By Arrernte playwright Declan Furber Gillick, Jacky follows two Indigenous brothers who clash over the expectations of white people around them

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

29, May, 2023 @1:46 AM

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