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Letters To Windsor House – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Devisors and Directors: Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit Reviewer: Kris Hallett Bristol has just, this previous Sunday, been named the best city to live in the UK once again, this time in a feature by the Sunday Times and the backlash has already started. Some have opined that there is an agenda in place to send the hip and cultured ...

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A Passionate Woman – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Kay Mellor Director: Paul Milton Reviewer: Kelyn Luther A Passionate Woman has all the subtlety of a weak, early 90s sitcom, which is unsurprising considering that it was written in 1992 by Kay Mellor, better known for Fat Friends. While this production is not exemplary, it is hard to think of how the play could be saved. On the ...

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Home – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writers: Lucy Garland, Amber Onat Gregory Director: Kate O’Connor Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Frozen Light Theatre specialises in creating theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Disabilities and from its very beginning, Home is a unique and expertly devised theatrical experience. Scarlett (Lucy Garland) and Olive (Amber Onat Gregory), take the time to personally welcome each audience member into their world. ...

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The Far Side Of The Moon – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer and Director: Robert Lepage Reviewer: Marina Spark Renowned playwright and dramatist Robert Lapage brings his world famous production The Far Side Of The Moon to the Lyric stage at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in a stunning revival almost two decades since its conception.Unusually for a piece so heavily set in historical commentary almost every aspect of this production is ...

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The Red Shoes – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne  Reviewer: Emily Pearce Made in 1948, Powell and Pressburger’s cinematic masterpiece – a film about a ballet dancer and the all-consuming nature of love and art is a perfect, bold match for Matthew Bourne’s vision in this stunning production. A young ballerina, Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw) auditions in front of the impressive ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Reviewer: E. Whitcroft  British dance would be different without Richard Alston. From Rambert (he was artistic director from 1986 to 1992) to The Place and London Contemporary Dance School: traces of his influence are everywhere. One of the first British choreographers to experiment with everyday movement and multi-media; he also took dance outside the proscenium arch and from early on ...

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Gaslight – New Theatre, Cardiff

Gaslight Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham; Rupert Young as Jack Manningham

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Anthony Banks   Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A classic Victorian melodrama with psychological undertones, Gaslight was written and first produced in 1939 but has all the elements of the era in which it is set.  Not least of these is the title, which gave rise to the term ‘Gaslighting,’meaning a form of mental abuse – domestic abuse ...

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The Road to Huntsville – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

The Road To Huntsville

Writer/Performer: Stephanie Ridings Director: Jonathan V McGrath Reviewer: Claire Hayes Men who kill and the women who love them, despite – or because of – their spending 15 years or more on death row. State-sanctioned homicide by lethal injection in the heart of small town Texas. It’s a huge subject to tackle in an hour long, one woman show; Stephanie ...

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