Bildungsroman: Tracey Sinclair reviews a double bill of North Eastern coming of age stories.
En garde: Hannah Greenstreet writes on Gracie Gardner’s ‘poised, a little weird and deeply funny’ play about a friendship between two teenage fencers.
Details and background: James Varney writes on Common Wealth’s portrait of three Bradford men, taking in the city, Islamophobia and modified car culture.
Text surgery: Mostyn Jones writes on Anthony Almeida’s new production of the Tennessee Williams classic for English Touring Theatre.
‘Poetic lyricism and joyful irreverence’: Farah Najib writes on Jasmine Lee-Jones solo show, a personal excavation of the erasure of Black creatives through history.
Freedom in music: Angelo Irving writes on Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play about a group of female prisoners who form a punk band.
Living with hope: Naomi Obeng reviews Phoebe Frances Brown’s frank, warm story of navigating life with incurable cancer.
Not falling down: James Varney reviews Stuart Slade’s Bruntwood Judges’ Prize-winning play about a sixteen year-old girl diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Rich tapestry: Brendan Macdonald writes on this ‘joyful and critical examination of the Kiln’s local community and its diverse history’.
‘A rallying cry’: Louise Jones reviews Fehinti Balogun and Complicité’s filmed show about the former’s journey into climate activism.
Fire and fury: Angelo Irving reviews From Below’s outdoor Faustus combining acrobatics, fire poi and pantomime.
Desperate remedies: Brendan Macdonald writes on Alice Hamilton’s revival of Shelagh Stephenson’s comedy-drama that explores memory and family.
Shapes and colours: Ben Kulvichit reviews two contrasting dance works as part of the Horizon showcase’s public programme.
Ripples from the past: Hannah Greenstreet writes on Winsome Pinnock’s epic new play exploring the legacies of Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.
‘Sucked into the void’: Farah Najib writes on Diane Page’s revival of Athol Fugard’s dense, challenging play that skewers racial injustice.