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Benny Hill – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Play: Owen Thomas Director: Gareth John Bale Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Benny Hill has always been an enigma.  Comedian, writer and make no mistake, astute businessman, his was, like the Biblical Joseph, a coat of many colours. His show was looked forward to by millions all over the world, and went out on Saturday nights, first of all on BBC TV ...

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Hang – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Debbie Tucker Green Director: Izzy Rabey Reviewer: Beth Steer Set in a time close to now, and comprised of characters known only as One, Two and Three, Debbie Tucker Green’s Hang imagines a UK in which the death penalty remains legal. But there’s a twist: the victims get to choose how the perpetrator dies. The brilliantly dark concept is ...

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5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline  – Yeomanry House, Bloomsbury

Choreographer and Director: Rosie Kay Reviewer: Richard Maguire Philosopher Michel Foucault suggested that the body of the modern soldier is ‘manipulated, shaped, trained’ so that it ‘obeys, responds, and becomes skilful’.  The body of the dancer is under the same pressure, and 5 Soldiers, in association with Sadler’s Wells, and the British Army, cleverly explores the similarities between these two bodies. The ...

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Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings – Paines Roundabout, Little Hulton

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Justin Moorhouse signals his arrival into this unique, homely venue ringing what is best described as a school bell, the sort used to herd school kids into class before the 1990’s. As Moorhouse points out no good news was ever given after a bell was rang; however that changes tonight with Moorhouse delivering a solid hour of stand-up ...

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Black Mountain – Paines Roundabout, Little Hulton

Writer: Brad Birch Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Andrea Allen Rebecca and Paul are off on a country break. But this is far from the idyllic isolated getaway, it’s time for an intervention, they’re here to save their relationship. As the couple try to work through their issues, the mind-games begin, and as reality and paranoia blur through the isolated landscape, ...

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Waiting For Godot – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Peter Reid Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hmmm… lalalalala…. [drums fingers] … you’re probably waiting for the review to start. British people spend an awfully long time waiting for things; we queue patiently in the Post Office or at the bus stop, endure months till the next holiday or wait quietly for late friends. So, Samuel Beckett’s best-known ...

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A Brief History of Women – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer & Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Lighting: Jason Taylor Composer: Simon Slater Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ingenious, mischievous and ultimately humane, A Brief History of Women is proof that, in his 58th year of writing plays, Alan Ayckbourn is still able to find new ways of entertaining us for two hours and making us think a bit as well. ...

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Private Lives – Festival Theatre, Malvern

A man and a woman stand back to back

Writer: Nöel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: David Robinson A play by the inimitable and classy Noel Coward is a commendable and belated addition to the distinguished catalogue of productions from London Classic Theatre. He suits their style and approach to high tone like a perfectly tailored silky black tuxedo. Private Lives, first produced in 1930 opened to mixed reviews, ...

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