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    Orange on tour

    Blue/Orange is to finish its Sheffield run this weekend and then move onto Northampton, Brighton and finally Cambridge, full details below. Coincidentally, a televised version of the play featuring the terrific John Simm, Shaun Parkes and Brian Cox was shown last night (23 Feb) at 9pm on BBC4. It is pretty good, although you always lose something when plays are put on TV because the immediate connection with the actors is lost. 1-5 Mar Northampton Theatre Royal 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.com 8-12 Mar Brighton Theatre Royal 08700 606 650 www.theambassadors.com/theatreroyal/ 22-26 Mar Cambridge Arts Theatre 01223 503 333 www.cambridgeartstheatre.com Links to reviews of Blue/Orange has been added to the Career/Directing section, and an article in…

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    Kathy stars in a change of role

    Tonight, actress Kathy Burke makes her Sheffield Crucible directorial debut. Yorkshire Post. I’m standing upstairs in the Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, talking to a photographer, when I sense a movement down the corridor. Turning, I see it’s an old friend. I’m about to say hello when I realise I’m mistaken, this is no old friend. “Awright, ah’m Kaffi,” says Kathy Burke. That’s the thing with Kathy Burke. You would never mistake, say Kim Basinger (one of the actresses also nominated when Burke won the Best Actress award at Cannes in 1997) for an old friend. But Burke, you would. Maybe it’s because she looks so much the opposite of a movie…

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    Orange concentrate

    Dates are out for Blue/Orange at The Crucible in Sheffield. Kathy is directing the play from 2 to 26 February. You can find out more and book tickets on the theatre’s website. Set in a London psychiatric hospital. Christopher claims he is the son of the late Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin and that oranges are blue. Set against the backdrop of a crumbling National Health Service, this edgy comedy examines the unspoken politics of institutions, challenges assumptions about ‘normality’ and questions whether ‘sanity’ is dependent on the colour of your skin.

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    Going mental

    Kathy is to direct the regional premiere of psychiatric drama Blue/Orange at the Sheffield Crucible in the New Year. The play, by Joe Penhall, is set in a London mental hospital, and stars an enigmatic patient who claims to be the son of exiled African dictator Idi Amin. As the play progresses, this apparent delusion becomes unnervingly plausible. It’s an incendiary tale about race and madness and has won three awards for Best Play since it was first aired in London in 2000 – the Olivier Award, Critics’ Circle award and Evening Standard award.