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Play Strindberg – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Friedrich Dürrenmatt Director: Nancy Meckler Reviewer: Claire Hayes Dance of Death, the play written by August Strindberg in 1900, contains his darkest musings on the institution of marriage. In it, he prises apart the grimly sterile alliance of an army Captain and a former actress who have remained together, marooned on a remote island for the past twenty-five years, ...

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Pete (the Temp) Verses Climate Change – Arnolfini, Bristol

Writer: Pete Bearder Producer: Renaissance One Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman Written and performed by spoken word artist and climate change activist, Pete Bearder, this witty and theatrical poetry performance brings into focus the issue of climate change – the biggest known threat to the longevity of our planet and to the future of those who live upon it. The show is ...

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Downtown Paradise – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Mark Jenkins Director: Michael Kelligan Reviewer: Barbara Michaels “A powerhouse of emotion” is not too strong a description for Downtown Paradise. Running the gauntlet of emotions, and set mainly in a Californian prison cell, this is a steamy and committed drama that pulls out all the stops. Taking place against the backdrop of the USA in the Seventies, playwright ...

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Wendy Hoose – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Johnny McKnight Directors: Robert Softley Gale &Johnny McKnight Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Laura and Jake, strangers who get chatting through an online dating app, decide to hook up for one thing only - sex. Things do not go to plan as it becomes clear that the way people present themselves online is open to interpretation and each of them has ...

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1984 – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: George Orwell (adapted by Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan) Directors: Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Joan Phillips George Orwell’s alarmingly prescient prediction of state surveillance and control is given a successful makeover by Headlong Theatre Company. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have taken on the difficult task of bringing this well told story to the stage with an ingeniously fresh ...

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Macbeth – Factory Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Music: Tom Haines Artistic Directors: Oliver Dimsdale &Ferdy Roberts Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman If Filter Theatre is to be commended on anything, it is the experimental and creative vision with which their production of Macbeth is conceived. Played in the round with almost no props or set design, except for a display of strange electronic musical instruments in ...

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Small War – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Valentijn Dhaenens Reviewer: Marina Spark Through its latest co-production with SKaGeN and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd the Theatre Royal, Plymouth proves once again that it is not your average regional theatre. Having just returned to Plymouth after a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Small War is a unique, technically impressive tapestry of reflections on war. Writer and ...

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