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Stegosaurus – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer: Ersi Niaoti Director: Joe Huffton Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The complicated psychological life of a woman with multiple eating disorders is explored in Greek playwright Ersi Niaoti’s one woman play Stegosaurus, receiving its English language premiere. Elpida Stathatou plays a woman whose backstory remains frustratingly elusive throughout – references to being a divorcée at the age of 30 and having ...

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The Girl and the Giraffe – 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol Grammar School

Director: Titania Krimpas Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest The Girl and the Giraffe is Flood of Ink’s charming production for children aged 3-6. It is about a girl who, while playing the garden, discovers a giraffe living in next door’s garden. Despite her best efforts, the giraffe is unwilling to come and play with her, even hanging ‘Do not disturb’ and ‘Keep ...

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La Ronde – Bunker Theatre, London

Writer and director: Max Gill Reviewer: Stephen Bates Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 play Reigen (or La Ronde) keeps reappearing in varying forms, itself like a car on a merry-go-round. David Hare and Peter Morgan are among the writers who have produced versions in recent years and here writer/director Max Gill comes up with yet another take on the classic. The essence of ...

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How (Not) to Live in Suburbia – Soho Theatre, London

How Not to Live In Suburbia - Annie Siddons

Writer: Annie Siddons Director: Justin Audibert and Nicki Hobday Reviewer: Maryam Philpott London, for those who live there, is the absolute centre of the world. It’s full of life, art, culture and all kinds of fun you can imagine, so the idea of moving away is inconceivable. Except one day we’ll almost certainly have to when marriage, children and a ...

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Old Herbaceous – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter 

Director: Simon Downing Writer: Alfred Shaughnessy Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Adapted by Alfred Shaughnessy from Reginald Arkell’s novel of the same name, Old Herbaceous is an hour and a half of sheer delight. Upon entering the theatre we are greeted at our seats by a small packet of seeds and, with that, the scene is set for the heartfelt story to ...

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Anyone Can Whistle – Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents Director:  Phil Willmott Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s a rare thing to be told before you see a show that it’s widely considered to be terrible, but in the programme for Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ Anyone Can Whistle, which has been revived at The Union Theatre, Director Phil Willmott, Sondheim himself and ...

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WNO: Madam Butterfly – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Joachim Herz Conductor: Lawrence Foster Reviewer: Emily Pearce Welsh National Opera continues its ‘Love’s Poisoned Chalice’ season with the second of its Puccini operas, Madam Butterfly. This popular production by Joachim Herz has been revived several times since its premiere in 1978, and with the simple, yet effective set allowing the score to take centre stage, ...

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ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble: From Home with Love – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographers: Mavin Khoo and Ivan Perez Aviles Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Finding out who we are is one of life’s great challenges; some people find happiness in conformity, being like everyone else, accepted into the crowd, while others are destined to find their own path. The support we draw from others can equally conflict or confirm who we are supposed to ...

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