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Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre.
Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre.

Made in Dagenham: A landmark West End musical

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Inspired by a true story, Rupert Goold’s Made in Dagenham is absorbing, inspiring and remarkable. It is no easy feat to transform a much loved British film into a hit West End production- but Goold has certainly delivered one of this year’s best new musicals. Made in Dagenham continues a trend of trade union based West End productions, first there was The Pajama Game at the Shaftesbury, and now at the Adelphi, a show that delivers a strong feminist message with strong captivating and emotional performances. Made in Dagenham is a show not to be missed –it’s simply astonishing.

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Category: Theatre
Marie Fortune and Lucy Laing photographed by Venus Raven
Marie Fortune and Lucy Laing photographed by Venus Raven

Duchess of Malfi @ New Diorama Theatre

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This is a totally engrossing production of Webster’s phenomenal tragedy. All actors are word perfect but more than this this allows the beauty of the language to shine, infused as it is with pathos; sometimes humorous, often ironic, to “perceive the shape of loveliness more perfectly in woe than in joyfulness…” So beautiful that I want to read the whole play through again.

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Sally Mortemore and Claire Louise Amias
Sally Mortemore and Claire Louise Amias

Women of Twilight @ Pleasance Theatre

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A fun night out ‘Women of Twilight’ is not. It is a truly great evening of theatre at a commendable (and welcoming) venue. If Sylvia Rayman’s play seems long-overlooked, in some ways it’s easy to understand why. The taboo of illegitimacy in post-war England seems not only reprehensible but through contemporary eyes is like visiting an alien land. Director Jonathan Rigby refers to “the continued relevance of the play…” as I imagine both at home and abroad, and considers that “maybe it’s appropriate to revive a play written during the early years of the Welfare State at a time when strenuous efforts are being made to dismantle it…” Rigby’s current production, at the roomy and comfortable Pleasance Theatre, is more than worth a revisit.

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Category: Culture
Gather Ye Rosebuds

Gather Ye Rosebuds: Arab Women in the Spotlight

Gather Ye Rosebuds is one of those rare things that delivers exactly what it promises: a combination of humour and drama set amongst the backdrop of an Egyptian revolution. I’ll admit that I questioned how comedy and laughter could be introduced into a play that deals with heavy issues such as female genital mutilation and women’s rights, but it somehow worked.

The play, directed by Diyan Zora, revolves around the events of an afternoon in downtown Cairo. Medina, an Egyptian woman educated in the UK, is preparing for a special ceremony: her daughter’s circumcision. Her British friend Louise, who now lives in Cairo as a doctor, comes to her flat and asks her to stop the ceremony or she will call the police. In the next room, Medina’s sister and friends wait and chat amongst themselves, discussing the protests in Cairo and how unsafe it has become for women in the streets.

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Category: Theatre