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Bunny – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Jack Thorne Director: Lucy Curtis Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty There’s a big play made of the difference between surprise and suspense in this piece. The two run interwoven through the course of the narrative, highlighted and punctuated by movement, light and sound. Equally strong is the threatening air of tension being built with each layer of the story unveiled. It ...

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From Ibiza To the Norfolk Broads – The Lowry, Salford

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Writer/Director: Adrian Berry Reviewer: Jo Beggs Martin is a young man with problems – stuck in a small town, with an alcoholic mother, an eating disorder and an absent father who disappeared from his life 16 years ago. As he turns eighteen he’s unsure of how his life can be any more than this, and if that’s the case, what ...

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The Claim – Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Writer: Tim Cowbury Director: Mark Maughan Reviewer: Stephen Bates When you are sitting in a room at the end of an unwelcoming corridor in a building with ties to officialdom, such as a town hall, it hardly comes as a surprise when someone wanders in looking lost. Tim Cowbury’s comedy begins with the appearance of Serge, an arrival from Democratic ...

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Full of Sound and Fury/Signifying Nothing – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Writers: William Shakespeare, 'Roman de Fruscan', Jennifer Rigby Directors: 'Roman de Fruscan', Nicky Cox Reviewer: Selwyn Knight As 2018 blinks blearily into life, Birmingham’s Blue Orange Theatre brings us two short plays each inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Full of Sound and Fury, credited to one Roman de Fruscan, and Signifying Nothing, by Jennifer Rigby. Dreamscape Theatre’s Full of Sound and ...

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The Snowman – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music and Lyrics: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Maggie Constable There is not a better time to see The Snowman at Milton Keynes theatre than at this foggy, frosty time of year just after Christmas. It brings back the magic that so often seems lost at the start of the January Based on Raymond Briggs’ much-adored book and Diane Jackson’s film of the ...

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Around the World in 80 Days– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Lu Greer How do you take the story of a rich man making a bet, and produce something interesting? You create all 125 characters using only 8 actors and throw in trains, boats, fights, dances, circus acts, and an elephant for good measure. The play tells the infamous story of ...

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Bêtes de Foire: Petit Théâtre de Gestes – The Barbican, London

Creators and Directors: Laurent Cabrol and Elsa de Witte Reviewer: Richard Maguire Playing as part of the London International Mime Festival, Bêtes de Foire, at the Barbican’s Pit theatre, doesn’t exceed anyone’s expectations of what mime entails, but this small circus show from France is executed with such old-world charm that it’s hard not to be swept away. The London ...

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