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Cul De Sac: Circus for Grown Ups – Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Creators: Jose Triguero and Gemma Palomer Reviewer: Simon Topping From the darkness a small glow of light briefly bathes a standing man with a full cucumber protruding from his mouth.  Suddenly the light is gone.  It is clear from this opening that Cul de Sac is not a normal circus performance by any means. Devised by Jose Triguero, an internationally ...

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HIP – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Jolie Booth Reviewer: Glen Pearce Shows, like ourselves, develop over time and it’s is not often a reviewer gets the chance to revisit a fringe production nine months after an initial reviewing. When the show in question looks at how a real life develops it adds an extra poignancy. Last year saw Jolie Booth debut her one-woman ...

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The Sound Of Murder – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: William Fairchild Director: Patric Kearns Reviewer: Steve Turner Anyone who likes a good murder mystery with some unexpected plot twists will be delighted by this fine example of the genre penned by William Fairchild. That’s not to say you have to be a fan of this type of play to enjoy it as there is plenty here to appreciate. ...

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Gutted – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Writer: Sharon Byrne Director: Nicola Samer Reviewer: Amy Jane Smith Sharon Byrne takes us back to 1980s Dublin in new play Gutted, where a fish factory floor becomes the stage for three women’s stories of one life-changing night. Through alternating monologues, we experience the lives of Deirdre (Rose O’Loughlin), Dolores (Nancy Sullivan) and Breda (Lucia Mcanespie) – workers and women united ...

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A Place Called Happiness – Marlborough Theatre, Brighton

Writer: Debs Gatenby - Created in collaboration with Mark Whitelaw and Ashley Knowles Reviewer: Simon Topping  Debs Gatenby’s one woman story about the attempt to recapture happiness from the clutches of an increasingly sofa based life is intentionally and charmingly shambolic from the moment she bumbles onto the stage dressed in a futuristic military onesie. We are taken on an ...

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The Red Shoes– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director/ Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Lu Greer Following the running theme of the last few years, yet another much-loved classic is getting a reboot, this time in the form of Powell and Pressburger's 1948 classic The Red Shoes. While perhaps not as well- known as the litany of other classic film being re-imagined in one way or another, Matthew Bourne ...

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The Remains of Tom Lehrer – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Music and Lyrics: Tom Lehrer Adaptor and performer: Adam Kay Reviewer: Glen Pearce There’s a fine line to tread when producing a show based on a much-loved performer. Fans will already know every detail about the performer's life and back catalogue and will want to revel in the nostalgia without being weighed down with facts they already know. Newcomers to ...

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The Complete Deaths – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Adapter/Director: Tim Crouch Designer: Lucy Bradridge Composer:  Toby Park  Reviewer: Bill Avenell It all depends on your point of view. If silliness, clever ideas, slapstick, a bit of puerile humour and generally no sense of anything deep and meaningful leads to a good night out then The Complete Deaths is for you. If it is important to have a purpose ...

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