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The Ballad of Martha Brown – Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Writers: Amy Rosenthal, Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Directors: Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Reviewer: Joan Phillips There is no getting away from the gallows in this production, it is there throughout the evening. The fate of Martha Brown is foretold and we are not going to be allowed to forget it. The noose that eventually hangs her may be variously a ...

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Pests – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Vivienne Franzmann Director: Lucy Morrison Reviewer: Marina Spark Clean Break theatre company pride themselves on researching and telling the stories of women who are/have been in prison and who are likely to offend again. Pests stays true to that company goal and here the tale of two sisters is told. They are perpetually stuck in a cycle of self ...

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Happy Days – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Gary Marshall Composer &Lyricist: Paul Williams Director: Andrew Wright Reviewer: Marina Spark   Happy Days is currently entertaining audiences in Plymouth at the Theatre Royal. The cheery, upbeat new musical has the audience buzzing with excitement as the overture complete with accompanying disco lights starts. The story is a simple one - the friends and family members that treat ...

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Mercury Fur – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Chris Darnall Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Philip Ridley's Mercury Fur explores the very worst in human nature, taking the horrific situation of a war torn country and its inhabitants beyond the extreme and into the surreal, yet never straying too far from the plausible and always mirroring reality in a way that gives this play a dark ...

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The Ballad of Martha Brown – The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Writers: Amy Rosenthal, Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Directors: Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Reviewer: Claire Hayes “Are you here for the hanging?” the audience is asked, as we make our way into the auditorium. And indeed we are, because Angel Exit Theatre’s latest production is based around the life and times of Martha Brown, the last woman to be publicly hanged ...

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Freeze! – The Terrace, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Performer: Nick Steur Reviewer: Marina Spark A lifetime of playing with and subsequently balancing rocks of various shapes and sizes has led Nick Steur to create a highly engaging piece of visual performance art. Freeze! at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth is a rare example of simple, optimistic theatrical art. Steur begins the show with his eyes closed and a speaker ...

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The Libertine – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Joan Phillips The Libertine is based on the true story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester. Set in Restoration London while Charles II was on the throne, Rochester has everything going for him. He is a poet and playwright, intelligent and witty, vigorously healthy, wealthy, married, and a personal favourite of ...

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Under Milk Wood – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Dylan Thomas Director: Terry Hands Reviewer: Joan Phillips Terry Hands' revival of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood is bursting with charm and affection. This latest version by Clwyd Theatr Cymru marks the centenary of Thomas' birth in 1914 and the 60th anniversary of the play's British premiere. Dylan Thomas wrote Under Milk Wood to cover 24 hours in the ...

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