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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Latitude set for 13th Henham Park takeover

Latitude returns to Henham Park for its 13th edition from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 July 2018 and with the spring weather starting to push through and the bank holiday weekend giving us a small taste of freedom, it’s only natural that thoughts wander to our favourite festival of the year. Although still a good few months away the organisers ...

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Lancaster’s The Dukes to stage major two-day dementia festival

Lancaster’s The Dukes will stage Creative Adventures in Dementia, a two-day festival celebrating three years of its pioneering work for people with dementia, on 17 and 18 May 2018. Aiming to promote how the arts can improve the lives and mental well-being of people with dementia, Creative Adventures in Dementia will showcase some of the achievements The Dukes already has ...

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: B-SIDE Hip-Hop festival set to take over Birmingham Hippodrome for third year

Birmingham Hippodrome’s free annual Hip-Hop festival, B-SIDE, is to return for its third year from 9-13 May 2018. Taking place around streets in the Southside area of Birmingham and inside the Hippodrome itself, the free festival celebrates all things Hip-Hop with a series of performances, interactive talks, live graffiti art, dance competitions and high-energy workshops. With headline acts already confirmed ...

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Why Festival No.6 should be your Festival No.1

Welsh Festival No.6 is a hidden gem in the Mediterranean style seaside town of Portmeirion, which sits in the scenic mountains and forests of North Wales.  It claims to be the UK’s most unique festival, with a line-up consisting of up and coming and seasoned artists. A beautiful backdrop and an eclectic mix of performers makes this festival an unforgettable ...

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Trainspotting Live – The Vaults, London

Writer: Irvine Walsh Adaptor: Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher & Greg Esplin Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s customary for reviewers to quote a line or two from a production to give a feel for what the audience can expect, however, in this case there isn’t a single line that can be printed in full. Trainspotting is, to put it lightly, extreme. ...

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Foreign Body – The Vaults, London

Writer: Imogen Butler-Cole Director: Fran Moulds Reviewer: Richard Maguire ‘I’m fine,‘ says a voice at the start of this 40-minute dance show about the trauma of sexual abuse. But the voice is at odds with the solitary performer, creator and writer Imogen Butler-Cole, who moves slowly inside a crescent of tall standing mirrors. It’s very clear that she’s not fine, ...

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Ok, Bye  – The Vaults, London

Writer and Director: Vicki Baron Reviewer: Richard Maguire One of the recurring themes of this year’s Vault Festival seems to be about how we deal with the death of a parent. Creating new rituals in their wake, The Dead Show and Be Prepared focussed on the death of a father, while Sparks and Words, Words, Words reflected on the sense ...

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Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy  – The Vaults, London

Writer: Matthew Greenhough Director: Jonny Kelly Reviewer: Richard Maguire ‘Bismillah! No, we will not let you go  – let him go.  Bismillah! We will not let you go – let him go’ are the instantly recognisable lyrics from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and this song haunts Matthew Greenhough’s powerful play about a British soldier captured by ISIS in Iraq. As the ...

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