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Rocío Márquez: Recital – Sadler’s Wells, London

Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s always interesting to listen to music sung in a language you don’t understand because while the words may pass you by, you can still glean so much from the tone, emphasis and evident emotion of the singer. Such is the case with Rocío Márquez’s 75-minute concert, Recital, which pays tribute to the classic flamenco sound of ...

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Cia Manuel Linan: Reversible – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director: Manuel Linan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Gender fluidity is quite the talking point in current theatre as a number of female actors have recently taken on traditionally male roles – from Glenda Jackson’s King Lear and Harriet Walter in Julius Ceasar to Tamsin Grieg as Malvolia in the National Theatre’s new Twelfth Night. But theatre is not the only place ...

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Ham and Passion – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Choreography: Carlos Pons Guerra Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller It might usually be a criticism to say that the star of the show was a bit of a ham, but in this daring dance theatre performance, the statement is literally true. In ‘Ham and Passion’ DeNada Dance Theatre present a series of three provocative pieces performed by three highly talented dancers ...

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Gala Flamenca 2017 – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director: Manuel Liñán Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh A much-anticipated highlight of Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival, this gala performance proudly exhibits all the passion and vibrancy that is flamenco. True to form we begin with an atmospheric and lovely piece, punctuated with clapping, tapping and Spanish song; both anthemic and celebratory. The singer Rocío Márquez was mesmerising; again too in our second ...

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The Understudy – Canal Cafe Theatre, London

Writer: Theresa Rebeck Director: Russell Lucas Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As acting gigs go, being the understudy to a famous actor in a large West End or Broadway show is a thankless one. If the person in whose shoes you are expected to stand is indisposed, the production will face demands from theatregoers who would rather receive a refund and see ...

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Guitarrisimo: Santiago Lara – Sadlers Wells, London

Music: Pat Metheny Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Guitarist Santiago Lara is clearly a bit of a rock star in the flamenco world judging by the rousing reception his latest show received at Sadler’s Wells. Playing nine pieces by American guitarist and composer Pat Metheny, Lara and his small band have created a 70-minute show that fuses the melancholy flamenco sounds of ...

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The Cherry Orchard – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov, English version by Trevor Griffiths Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Chekhov's final play, written when the playwright was in his early 40s, can be thought of as being remarkably prescient. The tale of a wealthy aristocratic family that has been living beyond its means being brought low, to be replaced by the lower classes, presaged the ...

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The Episode – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Director: Emily Greenslade & Tom Brennan Writer: Tom Brennan Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Award-winning theatre maker Tom Brennan brings us his latest production, The Episode. An intimate show about fashion and the all too vivid reality of reality television. Kate (Nesba Crenshaw) had everything. The money, the lifestyle, the editorial position at the biggest fashion magazine in the country, but for the ...

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