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Thou Shalt Not Kill – Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Paul Kennedy (Commissioned and based on research and stories from Smashing Times Theatre Company) Director: Mary Moynihan Reviewer: Caitriona M. Reilly Smashing Times Theatre Company brings their The Memory Project featuring performances of Uprising and Thou Shalt Not Kill to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. The Memory Project is described as an ‘innovative, groundbreaking arts project using theatre and ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Jo Payne Laugh-out-loud comedy, gorgeous harmonies and talented musicians. These qualities are associated more with West End shows than Shakespearean plays. However, this production of Much Ado About Nothing has all those and more, making for a surprisingly entertaining evening. The well-known plot, revolving around two couples and the deceptions which rattle them, ...

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Jon Richardson: Nidiot – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe Good old loveable misanthrope Jon Richardson. Now a regular fixture on our television screens, he can always be relied upon to see potential misery in any given situation. It’s slightly odd that a comedian with such an apparent negative opinion of the general public draws such large crowds. But draw he does, with a three-night run at ...

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Mercury Fur – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Chris Darnall Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Philip Ridley's Mercury Fur explores the very worst in human nature, taking the horrific situation of a war torn country and its inhabitants beyond the extreme and into the surreal, yet never straying too far from the plausible and always mirroring reality in a way that gives this play a dark ...

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The Ballad of Martha Brown – The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Writers: Amy Rosenthal, Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Directors: Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Reviewer: Claire Hayes “Are you here for the hanging?” the audience is asked, as we make our way into the auditorium. And indeed we are, because Angel Exit Theatre’s latest production is based around the life and times of Martha Brown, the last woman to be publicly hanged ...

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Freeze! – The Terrace, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Performer: Nick Steur Reviewer: Marina Spark A lifetime of playing with and subsequently balancing rocks of various shapes and sizes has led Nick Steur to create a highly engaging piece of visual performance art. Freeze! at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth is a rare example of simple, optimistic theatrical art. Steur begins the show with his eyes closed and a speaker ...

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The Libertine – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Joan Phillips The Libertine is based on the true story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester. Set in Restoration London while Charles II was on the throne, Rochester has everything going for him. He is a poet and playwright, intelligent and witty, vigorously healthy, wealthy, married, and a personal favourite of ...

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Under Milk Wood – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Dylan Thomas Director: Terry Hands Reviewer: Joan Phillips Terry Hands' revival of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood is bursting with charm and affection. This latest version by Clwyd Theatr Cymru marks the centenary of Thomas' birth in 1914 and the 60th anniversary of the play's British premiere. Dylan Thomas wrote Under Milk Wood to cover 24 hours in the ...

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