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The River – Loco Klub, Bristol

Writer: Jez Butterworth. Music: Yuan Hu Director: Matt Holmquist Designer: April Dalton Reviewer: Julia Beasley Dark, cavernous and a bit spooky, the old ash pits of Bristol’s Temple Meads railway station make a hauntingly lovely setting for The River.  No doubt about it, this is one of the city’s most atmospheric theatrical venues.  Wear warm clothing – and be prepared ...

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Jim Alsbalstian’s (Post) Human Zoo – 81 Renshaw, Liverpool

two men behind bars

Devisers and Writers: Sean Stokes and Liam Hale Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Is making people laugh a good enough reason to put someone on the preservation list when the world is doomed? That is the premise of this offering at the Liverpool Comedy Festival. This black-edged show moves at a frolicsome pace looking at several scenarios dealing with the subject of ...

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Bridges Y Puentes – Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park

Writer: Dorothy Max Prior Director: Marion Duggan Reviewer: Deborah Parry It feels like everyone is talking about migration at the moment. True, the subject has always been a tabloid favourite and a political hot potato but with Brexit negotiations in full swing, things have been brought to the forefront and even those who don't usually enter into these sort of ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Polar Night – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Nadine Flynn and Aaron Stapleton Director: Aaron Stapleton Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Set in an undisclosed town in Northern Europe where the sun ceases to shine in winter, Polar Night explores the impact of darkness on one dysfunctional family. Rose (Myrn Devaney) hasn't seen her mother Helen (Noelle Brown) in ten years. Arriving on her doorstep in the depth of ...

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The Pirates of Penzance – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writers: Gilbert and Sullivan Director: Cav.Vivian Coates Musical Director: Andrew Nicklin Reviewer: Lu Greer Gilbert and Sullivan's Operas, known for bringing fun and accessibility to a medium which is so often considered distant to many, have produced many an iconic show but perhaps none more so than The Pirates of Penzance. Thanks to his hard of hearing nursemaid, instead of ...

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Gate – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: Artemis Fitzalan Howard Director: Sadie Spencer Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Death is that ‘undiscovered country’ as a plentiful supply of Hamlets has informed us this season. But what if death wasn’t so mysterious, in fact it could be rather drab. Artemis Fitzalan Howard’s new comic play Gate, showing at the Cockpit Theatre, considers modern expectations of death and belief in ...

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