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Three Sisters – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Words, music and performance by RashDash (after Chekhov) Reviewer: Julia Beasley It’s Chekhov, but not as you know it. Actually, it’s not Chekhov at all. Or perhaps it’s Chekhov torn into bits, mashed up, smeared thinly over a feminist diatribe against patriarchy, and then set to live music and dance. RashDash imagines the original three Russian sisters Olga, Masha and ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Director: Guillaume Pigé Composer: Alex Judd Devised by Theatre Re Reviewer: Leah Tozer Memory is a cruel mistress: meticulous and muscular, ephemeral and fractured and fragile, it’s all too easy to forget how crucial memory is to character; after all, what – or who – is left when memories are forgotten? Theatre Re’s thoughtful and affecting The Nature of Forgetting ...

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The Damned United – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Anders Lustgarten Director: Rod Dixon Set & projection design: Tim Skelly Reviewer: Julia Beasley In 1974, Don Revie replaced Alf Ramsey as manager of the England football team.  The job that Revie vacated – manager of Leeds United – was then filled by Brian Clough from Derby County. Clough was talented, charismatic and outspoken.  But his appointment at Leeds ...

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Love From A Stranger – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Agatha Christie (adapted by Frank Vosper) Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Joan Phillips Agatha Christie’s work seems to be enjoying a renaissance in the last few years. Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express had an all-star cast, while two recent BBC TV adaptations attracted critical and viewer’s acclaim and Lucy Bailey’s revival of Witness for the Prosecution is enjoying an extended London run. ...

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Mydidae – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Jack Thorne Director: Simon Reeves Reviewer: Beth Steer Following Marian and David, a couple in their thirties, as they spend an inordinate amount of time in their bathroom over the course of a single day, Jack Thorne’s Mydidae has the potential to awkwardly, and massively, miss the mark. But, the excellent writing, brilliant direction, clever set, and flawless acting come together ...

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A Brave Face – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer & Director: Rachael Savage Choreographer: Rachael Alexander Composer: Janie Armour Designer: Carl Davies  Reviewer: Leah Tozer‘His hardest battle is the one back home’: far from the battlefield, free from bullets and bombs, and back with family and friends, the fight is over – or is it? Vamos Theatre’s A Brave Face faces the fear and effects other than physical felt by veterans in the aftermath of ...

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Turn of the Screw – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Henry James Adapted by Tim Luscombe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Delving deep into the psyche, Henry James’ horror novella Turn of the Screw has, over the years since it was first published in 1898 as a magazine serial, engendered much discussion and shivers down the spines of critics and audiences alike. Those who have read the book ...

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Miss Saigon – Bristol Hippodrome

Book & Lyrics: Alain Boublil Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Hot on the heels of composers Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s smash hit musical, Les Misérables, just four years previous, Miss Saigon was first performed on 1989 and tells the story of a doomed romance between a then 17-year-old Vietnamese woman and an American G.I. It is ...

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