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I’m Glad I Asked – The Lighthouse, Poole

Director: Katherina Radeva Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Sitting in the theatre, on International Women’s Day and watching a one-woman show that pieced together an often complex relationship between mother and daughter, can't have been more poignant. Performed by Michele O’Brien and directed by Katherina Radeva; their genders somewhat relevant, I’m Glad I Asked is a compilation of snapshots exploring the high and ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer / Composer: Charles Perrault / Sergei Prokofiev Director / Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer: Helen Tope Cinderella is the fairytale we think we know, perhaps a little too well. In this staging of the ballet, choreographer David Bintley attempts to break away from the overtly-classical staging of recent productions, instead returning the story to its roots. The problem with a ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Bristol Hippodrome

UK Touring cast of Sunny Afternoon

Writer: Ray Davies/Joe Penhall Composer: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Tim Wright “It doesn’t sound like Merseybeat, it doesn’t sound like anyone.” is the knowing reaction from Ray’s sister in the opening of Sunny Afternoon after hearing the band for the first time. It’s a pretty safe bet that a musical containing the calibre of songs like Lola and ...

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Jonny and the Baptists: Eat the Poor – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervase

Director: Will Young Writer: Jonny Donahoe & Paddy Gervers Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Jonny and the Baptists return to the road straight from their hugely popular Edinburgh Fringe run of Eat the Poor. The musical satire duo have brought a show to The Bike Shed Theatre every year for the past five years. Going from playing in the bar, to one ...

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Junkyard – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Jack Thorne Composer: Stephen Warbeck Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Tim Wright Jack Thorne’s star is very high in the sky indeed. After numerous screen writing credits and the runaway success of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on stage in London, it’s with no small level of anticipation that his latest work Junkyard arrives in Bristol. Assembled alongside Headlong’s ...

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Danza Contemporánea de Cuba – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Artistic Director: Miguel Á Iglesias Choreographers: Annabelle López Ochoa, Theo Clinkard, George Céspedes Reviewer: Karen Bussell Fusion. African – Latino; male - female; military – revolution; individualism- group mentality; soundtrack – dance; conformity – subversion: Havana’s shoestring company Danza Contemporánea de Cuba celebrates the intrinsic fusion of its homeland through works by the company’s own George Céspedes, Olivier award-winner Annabelle ...

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We Are Ian – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

We Are Ian

Creators:  Kat Cory, Dora Lynn, Nora Alexander Reviewer: Chris Oldham Ian is a light bulb, hanging from the ceiling. And the three young women of In Bed With My Brother have come to tell his story. It's a real life story, told through played-back recordings of interviews with Ian about his experiences in the late 1980s at the end of ...

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Give Me Your Love – The Lighthouse, Poole.

Creators: David Woods and Jon Haynes  Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Creating a play from factual research that explores alternative treatments for mental illness, is not the easiest of tasks. However, through their writing, directing and acting, this is something that David Woods and Jon Haynes, artistic directors of Ridiculusmus, spiritedly aspired to do. The dialogue written by the actors, is sensitive ...

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