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Special Measures - Royal Court, Liverpool

Mark Davies Markham (Taboo, Liverpool Nativity, Eric's) comes to Royal Court Liverpool with a brand new comedy about set at an ordinary school in Netherton. St. Jude's Primary has always been hardworking with happy children but Ofsted have judged it as

I Found My Horn, Trafalgar Studios, review

I Found My Horn at the Trafalgar Studios was a funny and poignant solo adaptation of Jasper Rees's best-selling 2008 book, says Dominic Cavendish

Special Measures review A comic indictment of staffroom pressures

Its characters may carry a whiff of panto, but this fierce comedy about a failing Liverpool primary school offers a serious insight into the constraints placed on teachers Former teacher Mark Davies Markham realised the time had come to get out of educa

The Week in Comedy: Margaret Thatcher is still the butt of many jokes

On 8 April 2013 I went to a comedy club. I hadn’t been planning to but Margaret Thatcher had just died, the road to my flat in Brixton was blocked with confused, champagne-spraying revellers and I figured if ever there was a time for political comedy to

Special Measures, Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool: "I came here with a hamper full of praise sandwiches" an oily government minister tells a group of primary school teachers placed on special measures after failing an Ofsted inspection. And Mark Davies Markham's new Liverp

Much Ado About Nothing review postwar take on battle of the sexes

Royal Exchange, Manchester Spirits are high in this make-do-and-mend era revamp of Shakespeare's comedy, with a tartly played antipathy between Beatrice and Benedick The Swedish director Maria Aberg recently presented Belongings , a play about a female

Never Try This at Home - Soho Theatre, London

A darkly funny satire looking back at 1970s kids’ TV shows. Custard pies and forced smiles. Welcome to Saturday morning TV… that means pie fights, buckets of water, casual sexism and thoughtless misogyny! Never Try This At Home is an uncomfortab

Never Try This at Home, Soho Theatre, London

Soho Theatre, London: You might want to think hard about sitting in the first couple of rows of Told By an Idiot's homage to the anarchy of 1970s kids' TV. There are quite a lot of custard pies coming in the air tonight - fortunately plastic ponchos are

100 Acts of Minor Dissent - National Theatre

Mark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be. Now he returns to what he does best, mischief – joyously bad behaviour