Yard theatre

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The week in theatre: Handbagged; The Cherry Orchard; Clutch – review
Moira Buffini’s damning satire imagining the Queen’s weekly meetings with Margaret Thatcher acquires poignancy; James Macdonald directs Chekhov in outer space; and a driving lesson for us all

Kate Kellaway

25, Sep, 2022 @9:30 AM

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The Cherry Orchard review – Chekhov in space
Vinay Patel’s sci-fi adaptation boldly goes into the future on a rickety starship while exploring entrenched hierarchies and class

Miriam Gillinson

14, Sep, 2022 @11:22 AM

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Yard Online review – switch on your mobile and take a seat on your toilet
This all-day online festival included a one-to-one performance over the phone, a Ghanaian cook-along and a virtual after-party

Kate Wyver

18, May, 2020 @11:33 AM

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Super Duper Close Up review – turning a lens on anxiety in the internet age
The latest from theatre company Made in China is an arresting monologue about an actor prone to panic attacks and phone addiction

Miriam Gillinson

19, Nov, 2018 @6:00 AM

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A Kettle of Fish review – unnerving tale for an age of anxiety
In Brad Birch’s play, a protagonist shares the space with huge projected images in an exploration of information overload

Mark Lawson

02, Oct, 2018 @12:15 PM

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A New and Better You review – internet celebrity skewered
An exercise-obsessed young woman sweats to become an online star in Joe Harbot’s anarchic play

Miriam Gillinson

03, Jul, 2018 @2:00 PM

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'We've got braver': The Act, a show about love and sex created by teenagers
Company Three devised a play to examine intimacy, relationships and social pressure for young people, from their own point of view

Bridget Minamore

10, Apr, 2018 @6:54 PM

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Buggy Baby review – beware the bazooka-toting bunnies
Josh Azouz’s horror-tinged play, with an eight-month-old baby played by an adult, comes over like surrealistic Harold Pinter

Lyn Gardner

14, Mar, 2018 @8:00 AM

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This Beautiful Future review – delicate, ambiguous and forceful
Jay Miller directs an exemplary production of Rita Kalnejais’s bittersweet love story set in occupied France

Susannah Clapp

12, Nov, 2017 @7:55 AM

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This Beautiful Future review – exquisite portrait of young love in the heat of war
A French teenager and a German boy soldier are unselfconscious lovers in this idiosyncratic fable set in occupied France

Lyn Gardner

04, May, 2017 @11:40 AM

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Big Guns review – fear and self-loathing in Nina Segal's horror show
The bogeyman is everywhere in this nervy play whose characters present a series of attitudes that reflect ourselves back to us

Lyn Gardner

27, Mar, 2017 @12:04 PM

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Songs from the detention centre: the drama set on immigration's frontline
Developed at London’s dynamic Yard theatre, Removal Men is a musical tragicomedy that gives an eye-opening portrait of detention officers’ work. Its creators, MJ Harding and Jay Miller, explain how it captures a fractured Britain

09, Nov, 2016 @2:28 PM

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