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The Green House / Profundis – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Choreographers: Caroline Finn & Roy Assaf Reviewer: Jacqui Onions National Dance Company Wales present their latest works in a double bill from two choreographers; The Green House by NDCW’s artistic director, Caroline Finn, and Profundis by Roy Assaf. The evening begins with Profundis and a simple black box stage with a grey dance floor. The audience is treated to a ...

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The Cardinal – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: James Shirley Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Revenge, pride, political ambition, temper and strategy swirl around each other in this 1641 play, creating an entertaining and provocative picture but not yet a tightly woven tapestry. It will be tempting to draw links with any play on political intrigue to modern times, and with such power-plays at the top ...

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Turn 2017 – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Turn 2017 – a night of new northern dance - is Manchester’s grassroots microfestival of local dance artists and dance makers showing excerpts and works in progress, presented by Word of Warning and Contact. Turn returns for its ninth year with a slightly different format in that all the dance work is concentrated into one evening of ...

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Kandace Springs – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  The title of Kandace Springs’s new album may be Soul Eyes but the stage at The Lowry is definitely set for jazz.  It is a merciless stripped down format – Springs on very impressive grand piano is accompanied only by Jesse Bielenberg on double bass and Dillon Treacy on drums. The lack of guitar and horns means ...

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While We’re Here – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Barney Norris Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Stephen Bates We hear a lot about the problems of the young, a fair bit about those of the elderly, but what about the middle-aged? Barney Norris's 70-minute play, the inaugural production in the Bush Theatre's brand new studio space, brings together two lonely people who are old enough to have regrets and ...

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Turandot – Town Hall, Leeds

Music: Giacomo Puccini (Act III – Franco Alfano) Director: Annabel Arden Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Turandot is last of Puccini’s operas and is based on Carlo Gozzi’s play of the same name.  This season, Opera North is staging this new production in a concert format following the successful Wagner’s Ring Cycle last summer.  This is an opportunity to appreciate Puccini’s rich ...

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Jose Agudo Silk Road – Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

Jose Agudo Silk Road

Choreographer: Jose Agudo Guest Choreography: Rafael Amargo & Nahid Siddiqui Score: Bernard Schimpeisberger and Giuliano Moderaelli Reviewer: Glen Pearce Those expecting a Spanish senorita resplendent with a fan and a pair of castanets will leave Jose Agudo’s flamenco inspired Silk Road somewhat disappointed. For Andalusian-born Agudo, Flamenco is clearly a passion but here he uses it as a starting point ...

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I Capture the Castle – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Book & Lyrics: Teresa Howard Music: Steven Edis Director: Brigid Larmour Reviewer: May Mellstrom 'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink'. Readers of Dodie Smith's 1948 novel I Capture the Castle will all recognise this famous opening line, which is kept intact by Teresa Howard and Steven Edis to launch their new musical adaptation of the classic coming-of-age tale. ...

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