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Pulling the right strings .00

this is a cabaretesgue Journey into the life of Caroline Crachami, whose fame overshadowed her 18) inch frame. 'lrestle

'l heatre makes clever use of puppets and rriasks to recreate her small life as she seduced 18th century audiences from her beginnings in freak shows to her audience With King George himself - a wonderfully over—caricatur'ed royal who takes comfort in self parody As a modern teenager uses Carolrne's tale to deal wrth her brother‘s illness. the show questions the omnipotence of the medical professmn. Occasionally The Smallest Persorr.’ falters as it tries to do too much. but when it gets the pace right it succeeds in being both

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THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING) Superb Beckettian clowning 00”.

Venture out into the deeply uncertain universe of contemporary culture, bury your childhood traumas as best you can, and fall in love with someone. A brief wait to be fucked over by them and you‘re in the world of you, me and Thom Pain. He's a creepy little bastard, with a deeply unsympathetic character, a casual user and abuser with little interest in anyone beyond himself. He might be in the New Labour cabinet, but for the paradox of his deeply sympathetic and loveable humanness.

Will Eno’s magnificent monologue captures the agony of being and the mystery of meaning in a single witty, intense and dark hour. In it, the title character arrives mysteriously, disclaims with perfunctory bonhomie, shallow lechery and glad handing empathy before some inner discovery, 3 final realisation. This is perhaps that no matter how glibly we dismiss our emotional needs and existential ponderings, they are still a necessary

condition of existence.

James Urbaniak gives a splendid rendering of a deeply complex character, a small frail figure in a man at C&A suit, all aggressive discourse, threatening nonsense and desperate, barely covered frailty. This piece rediscovers theatrical monologue, exploring ontological issues with a sure wit just short of stand-up. Eno’s writing might well be an acquired taste; so dense is the wordplay that it’s bound to divide the most intelligent audiences, but it will create conversation whichever way you lean. (Steve Cramer)

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NIKOLINA No holds barred entertainment .00

Hichoceting between war—torn Serbia and apparently peaceful Sheffield. Niko/irra is a sensual assault. Staccato scenes rattle before the audience forcing us to take an unflinching look at the politics of sexual consent. This is a welcome return for nabokov theatre and writer Van Badham. a team brave enough to strip an uncomfortable subiect down to its uncomfortable reality. As a Balkan refugee tries to piece her life back together in the North of England. Badham’s script cleverly iuxtaposes her abused past With her

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soon to be abused present and raises some unnerying questions lll the process. this is intelligently aggressive and caustically ‘.'xitty stuff. iCorne Millsi

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THE AQUATIC APE Honeymoon killers? .0.

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about insi’lr- it and the single digit audience iiriirig the lift walls pl;r,ingfish. lhe intirrrarr,’ of the staging irriinerliatel, banishes arr, potential discomfort due to the pioxrrnitg, of the performers, and in an, event the ice is s.'.riftl, broken with a

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