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The Odyssey – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer/Director: Nir Paldi Writer/Performer: George Mann Reviewer: Kris Hallett A person walks across a space and another watches. This in essence, with a doff of a cap to Peter Brook, is theatre. The art-form has always encompassed a massive compendium of parts, for every big mass marketed spectacle, your Wickeds or Disney factory tent poles, you have works like this, ...

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ETO: La Calisto – Exeter Northcott

Director and Conductor: Timothy Nelson Writer: Giovanni Faustini Translators: Anne Ridler and Timothy Nelson Music: Francesco Cavalli Reviewer: Gareth Roberts English Touring Opera’s production of La Calisto is a profoundly serviceable production with patches of intermittent brilliance. The Renaissance Opera tells the story of the nymph Calisto, whom the god Giove falls in love with, his seduction of her by ...

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Some People Talk About Violence – The Other Room, Porters, Cardiff

Devisors: Barrel Organ Director: Ali Pidsley Reviewer: Beth Steer Following their production of their debut play, Nothing, Some People Talk About Violence is Barrel Organ's second theatre piece. Centred around four characters – a mother, brother, sister and narrator – Some People Talk About Violence uses monologue and interactivity to explore the conventions of today's society. Addressing themes like adolescence, ...

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ETO: Xerxes – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Composer: George Frideric Handel Librettist: Adapted from Silvio Stampiglia’s 1694 libretto. English version by Nicholas Hytner. Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Director: James Conway Reviewer: Kelyn Luther When Handel premiered Xerxes in 1738, it was a commercial failure - as an opera seria,  audiences did not expect comic elements. ETO has taken Nicholas Hytner’s 1985 English translation and successfully reset it in ...

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Cathy – BikeShed Theatre, Exeter

Cathy and Danielle

Written: Ali Taylor  Directed: Adrian Jackson Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts  This year sees 25 years of Cardboard Theatre creating thought-provoking performances with and for homeless people. Touring theatres, hostels, day centres and prisons their latest offering, Cathy, is a hard-hitting look at just how easy it is to fall between the cracks. Inspired by Ken Loach’s award-winning film Cathy Come Home, Cathy tells the story of one ...

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The Lock In: Christmas Carol, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter 

Devisor &Producer: Damien Barber Choreographer: Bobak Walker Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts    The Lock In: Christmas Carol is a Christmas show with a difference. All singing, all dancing, this show comes at you from every angle. Devised and produced by Damien Barber of the folk group The Demon Barbers, the show has folk at its heart. The incredible live score runs throughout and is as much ...

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Sand in the Sandwiches – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Hugh Whitemore, with extracts from John Betjamen’s poetry Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: David Jobson John Betjeman is considered a treasured poet of the last century. His nostalgia for the past is loved by many of the older generation who can identify with his era.  Now this production, headlined with Edward Fox as the poet himself, has set out to ...

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Rocky Horror Show – New Theatre, Cardiff

Liam Tamne as Franknfurter. Image by Sean Webb

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Chris Williams "Back by popular demand" it says on the posters, Rocky Horror Show returns to Cardiff's New Theatre just months after stopping there in February this year, and if the rainy Monday audience is anything to go by “popular demand” is an understatement. Going strong for over 40 years and showing no signs ...

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