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The Two Gentleman Of Verona – Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Kris Hallett The Two Gentleman Of Verona, one of the rarer works in the Shakespeare canon, gives a fascinating exploration of the novice playwright yet to hit his stride. It’s a youthful work, full of the first fluctuations of desire and lust, of changing allegiance and friendships. It is a play structurally flawed ...

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Stepmother/ Stepfather – Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

Choreographer: Arthur Pita  Director: Arthur Pita Reviewer: Sophie Huggins While fairy tale folklore usually evokes feelings of familiar, reminiscent childhood, there is something not quite so innocent in Arthur Pita’s double bill of subverted storytelling. In collaboration with HeadSpaceDance, the audience is seduced into a dark, physically engaged world where all is not as it seems. Split into two parts, ...

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Ham and Passion – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Choreography: Carlos Pons Guerra Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller It might usually be a criticism to say that the star of the show was a bit of a ham, but in this daring dance theatre performance, the statement is literally true. In ‘Ham and Passion’ DeNada Dance Theatre present a series of three provocative pieces performed by three highly talented dancers ...

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The Castle Builder – Cube Cinema, Bristol

Creators: Vic Llewelyn and Ed Patrick Reviewer Kris Hallett Do we make art for public consumption or to satisfy personal longing? Is the art of making theatre, writing a book, painting a portrait, building a castle only validated when it is revealed to the public or is the making of it enough. This is the question at the heart of ...

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The Episode – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Director: Emily Greenslade & Tom Brennan Writer: Tom Brennan Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Award-winning theatre maker Tom Brennan brings us his latest production, The Episode. An intimate show about fashion and the all too vivid reality of reality television. Kate (Nesba Crenshaw) had everything. The money, the lifestyle, the editorial position at the biggest fashion magazine in the country, but for the ...

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Pride and Prejudice – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Book: Jane Austen Stage Adaptation: Simon Reade Director: Deborah Bruce Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   Dashing young men and their lady loves are a feature of Jane Austen’s novels – Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy from the TV mini-series of Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice, set in the Regency era in which she lived, is still remembered by many.  Simon Reade’s ...

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Othello – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Richard Twyman Reviewer: Claire Hayes Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF)’s new version of Othello brings the Bard’s tragedy of malign manipulation and jealous, destructive rage right into the present-day. It’s immediately apparent that the entrenched racism, misogyny and religious intolerance of the 16th century still resonates in a setting of mobiles, microphones and concrete basement ...

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The Bear – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

 Director: Emma Earle &Hal Chambers Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts After their recent success with Father Christmas, Pins and Needles Productions bring their take on another Raymond Briggs classic to Bristol Old Vic Theatre and it does not disappoint. From catchy songs to magical puppetry The Bear has it all as it leaps from page to stage. The Bear follows the story of Tilly, played by Lily ...

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