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Oh What a Lovely War – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writers: Theatre Workshop Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Claire Hayes Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop broke the mould in 1963 when they unveiled their satirical musical about the devastation and futility of the First World War. Now this Theatre Royal Stratford East production has been revived under the direction of Terry Johnson to commemorate the centenary of the war which was ...

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The Heresy of Love – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: Jenny Stephens Reviewer: Kris Hallett As we approach International Women’s Day, it has been refreshing to see Bristol Old Vic Theatre School put women centre stage during their Spring term. After a stand out Portia during Merchant of Venice, Helen Edmundson’s 2012 play explores another spirited woman, Juana Inésde la Cruz - poet, playwright, darling of ...

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Infinity Pool – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer and Director: Bea Roberts Reviewer: Lucy Corley Imagine a play where the single performer never speaks. Throughout Bea Roberts’ one-woman production she scarcely opens her mouth; instead, the story is told through two projector screens, an old-fashioned TV set, a soundtrack of pop songs and occasional mime. Yet Roberts quickly gets the Bike Shed Theatre audience chuckling, and ten ...

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Broke – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Devised by: Jemma McDonnell, Kylie Walsh and Shane Durrant Director : Jemma McDonnell Reviewer : Joan Phillips Devised and performed by The Paper Birds, Broke is a one hour examination of the relationship between money and debt on a personal, national and political level. As with Thirsty, a previous Paper Birds' collaboration, the show is based on real stories drawn ...

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Radiant Vermin – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer : Philip Ridley Director : David Mercatali Reviewer : Joan Phillips Jill and Ollie Swift want a house but, of course like most couples, they can’t afford the house they want. However, when a baby is on the way the pressure mounts and the couple are tempted to look at a small development in a run down area which ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Mark Haddon Adaptor: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Joseph Leigh This electric production brings a modern literary classic to the stage in an original and tantalising performance that leaves the audience wanting more (and then delivers it). As a set text in many schools and a firm favourite on household bookshelves, the title of this production has the ...

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Rebecca – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Daphne du Maurier Adaptor and Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Claire Hayes The jealousy of a second wife for the first is at the core of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel, Rebecca. But the second Mrs de Winter standing before us at the beginning of Kneehigh’s new adaptation appears far from a victim of circumstance. Instead, she portrays the sense ...

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Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writers: Stu Mcloughlin &Howard Coggins Director: Craig Edwards Reviewer: Kris Hallett There’s a feeling of a returning band coming back to play a hometown gig about Bristol company Living Spit’s Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous. But like a band who insist on playing that difficult album in full alongside the hits, it’s a show that the dedicated lap up ...

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