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This Was Your Life – Rose and Crown, Stratford Fringe, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Director: Thom Sellwood Reviewer: Joseph Leigh [Rating: 4.5] Last night saw the penultimate performance of Quite Nice Theatre’s triumphant return to the Stratford Fringe with its award winning show This Was Your Life. Now in their second year of touring the UK Fringe scene, Quite Nice have clearly spent the last year tweaking the show that brought them so much ...

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Brighton Fringe: The Maternal Instinct – The Dukebox Theatre, Brighton

Writer: Monica Bauer Director: Chris Hislop Reviewer: Joanna Trainor [Rating: 4]   A party celebrating your partner's one year sobriety is perhaps not the best time to announce that you want to have a baby and that your sister in law has chosen the appropriate sperm donor. Writer, Monica Bauer offers a thought-provoking exploration of what it is to have ...

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Overtime – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Jane McCarthy Director: Caroline Fitzgerald Reviewer: Ciara Murphy [Rating:4.0] Overtime, directed by Caroline FitzGerald, is at first glance a mirror of its ‘office-style’ framework; nondescript, clinical and rather plain. However it becomes clear from the action delivered on The New Theatre stage that this is not the case. John, played by Stewart Roche, carries the audience straight past the ...

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Avenue Q – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Director: John Plews Writers: Robert Lopez/Jeff Marx/Jeff Whitty Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:4] Avenue Q has hit London's fringe - a musical that left the West End too soon in 2010 (after just four years), while much duller 'classics' have run and run. It is the perfect show for people who don't think they like musicals - funny, irreverent, accessible and ...

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Circa: Beyond – Norfolk And Norwich Festival, Norwich

Director: Yaron Lifschitz Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:5]   To misquote the famous song, if you go down to the gardens today you're in for a big surprise. Forget teddy bears having a picnic, here, thanks to Melbourne-based Circa, the bears are performing daredevil acrobatics atop a giant pole while life-sized rabbits perform mind-blowing feats of contortion. It may sound like ...

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Britten In Norwich: Our Hunting Fathers – Norfolk And Norwich Festival, Norwich

Composer: Benjamin Britten Conductor: David Parry Leader: Magnus Johnston Soprano: Mary Plazas Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4] Britten in Norwich – in his centenary year, a concert with a strong spirit of place and a clear narrative progression. It's given in St Andrew's Hall, where, in 1924, the 10-year-old Ben was "knocked sideways" by the first live orchestral concert he'd attended. ...

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