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Richard Alston Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

Choreographers: Richard Alston, Martin Lawrance Pianist: Jason Ridgway Reviewer: Ann Bawtree The evening of dance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre begins with an announcement by Richard Alston, both director and choreographer of his Dance Company. Often his inspiration is music but for the first piece to be performed, it is what he describes as “the energy and talent of these young ...

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Summer of Circus Launch: Kin, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Devised: Barely Methodical Troupe and Ben Duke Director: Ben Duke Reviewer: Simon Topping The piece starts with a collective shout from the five male performers as they push and shove their way around each other; vying to gain the upper hand. A stern looking woman enters and the jostling stops; replaced with vain attempts of physical prowess to win her ...

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Re:Production – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

A woman in a white coat faces us standing in a corridor

Writer: Jenna May Hobbs Director: Suzanna Ward Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Tom and Karen are a thoroughly modern couple, totally comfortable with each other and completely in love. Both professionals, their life story has been perfect so far, from their first awkward meeting and their shared journey through the stages of love as defined by scientists at Rutgers. In case you aren’t familiar ...

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The Father – Oldham Coliseum

Writers:  Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Richard Hall The Coliseum’s final in-house production of the spring/summer 2017 season is a bold and innovative choice for this venue. The Father, by French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller, is a powerful, dark, tragic comedy about the harrowing and devastating impact of dementia on one man and his family. ...

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Infinity Pool and Eurohouse – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writers and Performers: Bea Roberts (Infinity Pool) Nasi Voustas and Bertrand Lesca (Eurohouse) Reviewer: Kris Hallett A spirit of collaboration is currently occurring in Bristol where two of Bristol Ferments - an incubator for new work supported by Bristol Old Vic - recent success stories are playing at Tobacco Factory Theatres. In an era where a proliferation of hour long ...

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Ode to Leeds – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Zodwa Nyoni Director: James Brining Reviewer: Rich Jevons At first, upon entering the auditorium, it could be easy to feel disappointed by the five microphones arranged neatly in a line. Not so, the stage is set for five poets, ready for their turn under the spotlight in the poetry slam. As the show progresses it becomes much more of ...

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The Silence of Snow – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

A man sits despondent in a chair

Writer: Mark Farrelly Director: Linda Marlowe Reviewer: John Kennedy Hagiography, visceral, warts n’ all dissection, Mark Farrelly’s, soul-gnawing, one man biographical portrait of Patrick Hamilton as literary furnace/self-destructive drinker for England, is a study of crafted intelligence, intimate research and empathic nuance. Even so, it’s a big ask to anticipate evoking anything other than contemptible antipathy for such an adulterous, ...

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Boris the Musical – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Laurence Peacock Composer: Hollie Morrell Director: Kyle Williams Musical Director: Dominic Lo Reviewer: Ron Simpson Blowfish Theatre is in a race against time: can the company finish the current tour before Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister? Equally will the scheduled Trump the Musical be beaten to the finishing line by his impeachment? Such is the lot of the makers ...

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