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The Green House / Profundis – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Choreographers: Caroline Finn & Roy Assaf Reviewer: Jacqui Onions National Dance Company Wales present their latest works in a double bill from two choreographers; The Green House by NDCW’s artistic director, Caroline Finn, and Profundis by Roy Assaf. The evening begins with Profundis and a simple black box stage with a grey dance floor. The audience is treated to a ...

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The Devil Speaks True – The Lighthouse, Poole

Director: Joel Scott Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Drifting in the darkness, somewhere between fringe theatre and a cinematic experience, floats this sensory stunner, The Devil Speaks True. Interweaving Shakespeare’s famous tale of Macbeth with modern verbatim recordings, Goat and Monkey use wireless headphones, binaural sound design and video projections to immerse its audience in a world of conflict and its often ...

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Tortoise V Hare – Spike Island Café, Bristol

Reviewer: Tim Wright Living Spit duo Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin are back with their unique blend of comedy, music and rhyme. This time they’re re-telling the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. However, for this version we’re in Wrington running club. The club star - the brash, book deal wielding bully Barry Hare - is challenged to a ...

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The Commitments – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Karen Bussell It’s always difficult bringing a well-loved film to the theatre, and BAFTA-winning Roddy Doyle’s 1991 cult classic The Commitments is no exception. That Doyle himself adapted his 1987 novel for the stage bodes well, and for those uninitiated in the glory of the movie it may do well, but so ...

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The Winters Tale – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Kris Hallett Cheek by Jowl's The Winters Tale is an interesting curate's egg of a production. For four fifths of its running time it is the richest work you will see anywhere, an ensemble whose depth of acting and richness in characterisation can be placed in the upper echelons of any acting troupe ...

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We Are Bronte – The Lighthouse, Poole

Devisers: Sarah Corbett & Angus Barr Director: Ed Rapley Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Although based on a recognised stimulus of the Bronte sisters, there is certainly nothing predictable about this highly entertaining devised fringe comedy. Encompassing genres of improvisation, stand-up, clown and physical theatre, this show is simply unlike anything else. Set in the rolling hills of Yorkshire, the devisers and performers ...

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Babe, The Sheep-Pig – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Writer: David Wood Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Dick King-Smith’s classic tale of "the little pig with big dreams" springs to life in this colourful and hugely charming stage adaptation. When he arrives at Hogget’s farm, Babe the pig is motherless and unsure of his new surroundings. However, he is soon adopted by Fly, the motherly sheepdog, who needs ...

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Escape the Scaffold – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Titas Halder Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Jacqui Onions In the current political climate, Escape the Scaffold has the potential to be an important and thought-provoking piece of theatre. This new play by Titas Halder is a co-production between The Other Room, Mongrel Thumb and Theatre503 which premiered at Theatre503 in March 2017 before transferring to Cardiff. Taking the story ...

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