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Theatre reviews: Mark Thomas – Check Up: Our NHS at 70 | Where It Hurts

Perhaps it takes a stand-up comedian of Mark ­Thomas’s experience to create a show as perfectly balanced between laugh-a-minute entertainment and hard-edged political commentary as his latest monologue Check Up, designed to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. For the past year,­ ­Thomas has been researching the state of the service, visiting operating ­theatres, accident & emergency departments and GP surgeries, mainly around London.

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The cast of Thor And Loki are experts at multi-tasking. Picture: Geraint Lewis

Musicals & opera review: Thor And Loki, Assembly Roxy

Wagner’s Ring cycle is fine and all that but if you would rather see an alternative reading of Norse mythology – where the fabled Ragnarok is adapted as a musical theatre romp about equality, diversity and open borders – then Thor and Loki is probably more up your fjord, and somewhat pithier in the telling.

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From Greek myths to Hollywood glamour. Picture: Contributed

Theatre review: A Generous Lover, Summerhall

“Maybe madness is always a little seductive,” muses La JohnJoseph, a short way into this elegant, incisive and intoxicating solo show. It’s a latter-day riff on the Orpheus myth, with JohnJoseph a wry and glamorous Eurydice, part golden-age Hollywood vamp, part witchy aristo, part street-savvy queer.

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Big Rory and Ochie the Dog

Physical Theatre review: Surge Festival 2018, various venues, Glasgow

You don’t expect a chatty demonic baby, two apocalyptic brass bands or duelling swaggering Liam Gallaghers to invade the Merchant City, but the final weekend of the European Championships celebrations in Glasgow ushered in a carnival of surprising open air theatre, none of it thankfully offering juggling, unicycling or doing something with fire.

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Chris Thorpe uses a well-amplified guitar to blast out his anger with contemporary life. Picture: Contributed

Theatre review: Status, Summerhall

It’s the morning after the Brexit vote, and Chris Thorpe is up on the roof of the ­London block of flats where he lives, wondering where he is, and how much he knows – or really cares – about the country he calls home.

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