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HighTide Festival: Mudlarks – The Cut, Halesworth

Writer: Vickie Donoghue Director: Will Wrightson Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:5] The black mud on the foreshore of the River Thames conceals many secrets. Across the centuries the mud has swallowed up the unwary, depositing their remains and belongings years later for treasure seekers. For three teenage Essex lads, the twists and turns of the mighty Thames offer both hopes and ...

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Disco Pigs – Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Anna Simpson Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [Rating:3]   Disco Pigs is the first of four productions in the Directors’ Cuts season at the Alma Tavern Theatre; an annual showcase of the graduating MA directors from the Old Vic Theatre School. The play tells the story of two teenagers growing up in Cork in the mid nineties. Born ...

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7-Day Drunk – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Bryony Kimmings Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating:2.5] The premise of '7-Day Drunk' seemed like a tantalising and illuminating one. For seven days from the hours of 10am-7pm, Bryony Kimmings was kept in varying states of inebriation. Each day the alcohol level increased and she was 'maintained' in that intoxicated state for the entire day. During this time, she had to ...

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The Queen of the North – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Ron Rose Director: Elizabeth Newman: Reviewer: Jo Beggs [rating:2]   Manchester’s always been full of them. Tough northern matriarchs who shout loud for what they believe in. From Emmeline Pankhurst to Elsie Tanner. The woman that Prime Minister James Callaghan called “the sexiest thing on television” was, for a generation of Britains, the embodiment of the working-class north. Full ...

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Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer, director and performer: Kev F Sutherland Reviewer: Laura Stimpson [Rating:4.5] Who’d have thought that going to see a man with a pair of socks on his hands could be so much fun? Guaranteed to laugh your socks off, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre arrived in Square Chapel, Halifax for one night only as part of their UK tour. ...

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The Hound of the Baskervilles – Theatro Technis, London

Writer: Arthur Conan Doyle Director: Natalie-Anne Downs Reviewer: Christopher Owen [rating:3] On entering Theatro Technis, we step into 1938: tins of Campbell’s soup, signed ‘cast’ photos, period newspaper clippings and rave reviews of previous productions decorate the foyer, providing an interesting pre show atmosphere. We’re here for the Veni Vidi Theatre On The Air’s new radio production of the much ...

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Barefoot in the Park – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Neil Simon Director: Maureen Lipman, with Peter Cregeen Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] The big noise around Neil Simon in London at the moment may be around the revival of The Sunshine Boys which is about to open at the Savoy, but there's also the chance to catch another of his plays, Barefoot in the Park, as it tours around ...

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