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Houdini Dax & Guests – Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff

Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Entering Cardiff’s Norwegian Church Arts Centre to find all the chairs and tables stacked in one corner, heart-shaped balloons dotted around the place and the running order for the night written in marker pen on a flip chart at the front of the stage, you would be forgiven for thinking that you had stumbled into a Valentine’s ...

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Hannah and Hanna – The Gate, Cardiff

Writer: John Retallack Director: Elise Davison Reviewer: Lauren Anders Set in pre-millennium Margate, writer John Retallack places his audience directly in the middle of a race war. Hannah is 16, feisty and Margate born and bred where as Hanna is 16, equally feisty and a Kosovon asylum seeker. In this narrow-minded town it is survival of the fittest and its ...

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Finding Joy – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer &Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Joan Phillips Finding Joy is an enchanting, funny and deeply moving story about 83 year old Joy. Written and directed by Rachael Savage, the story follows Joy’s struggles with dementia, and those of her immediate family who try to care for her. But do not be deterred by the seriousness of the theme. This production ...

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The First Time Machine – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Music: Greg Hall Director: James Williams Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Predating H. G. Wells' novel, The Time Machine, great great grandfather to Jem and Aidan Treays, Enrique Gaspar, wrote El Anacronopete in which he invented the very first time machine. Inspired by this, the brothers have created a fun and lively look at time travel and family history through contemporary dance ...

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Brendan Cole Licence to Thrill – Bristol Hippodrome

Choreographer: Brendan Cole Reviewer: Naomi Stevens Among the favourites on Strictly Come Dancing, Brendan Cole ensures that the heat is on when he brings his Licence to Thrill tour to town. From the dramatic opening beats of ‘Cry Me a River’ and beyond, right the way through the show, there is barely a pause for breath. Cole uses his dancing ...

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Brendan Cole Licence to Thrill – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Choreography: Brendan Cole Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Star of Strictly Come Dancing, Brendan Cole makes sure that his current theatre tour lives up to its name, Licenceto Thrill, with a raunchy opening that hooks in his fans before taking them on a journey through a whole host of dance styles and emotions. Cole’s choreography is superb throughout and from a high ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writers: Stephan Elliott &Allan Scott Director: Simon Phillips Choreographers: Ross Coleman &Andrew Hallsworth Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Not your usual mix, this musical theatre production first saw life as an Australian comedy-drama film back in the Nineties, then went on to become a hit Broadway show, followed in 2009 by an equally successful West End production. The themes – of love ...

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Eliza and the Wild Swans – The Bike Shed, Exeter

Director: Fiona Mikel Reviewer: Marina Spark The Bike Shed Theatre and the Wardrobe Ensemble have joined forces this year to create the family friendly, imaginative, festive adventure that is Eliza and the Wild Swans. Set in a laundrette the tale follows meek, mild Eliza, who diligently helps out with the tasks assigned to her at work. In a whirlwind the ...

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