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Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Devised by: The Wardrobe Theatre Company Director: Adam Fuller Reviewer: Claire Hayes It may be July, but that doesn’t stop The Wardrobe theatre company from reprising its 2015 Christmas show, this time in the Factory Theatre. And why not, when this seasonally ubiquitous mash up of Guy Ritchie’s 1998 cockney gangster film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with the ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Rougemont Gardens

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest The Comedy of Errors is the play in which Shakespeare veers the closest to outright farce, including as it does, two sets of identical twins who both have the same name and who end up wearing the same clothes. Needless to say, shenanigans ensue, and a policeman, a hot-tempered wife, a ...

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Bin Laden: The One Man Show – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Knaive Theatre Director: Tyrrell Jones Reviewer: Helen Tope An award-winning production, fresh from a tour across America, Bin Laden: The One Man Show is the little show with big ambition. Staged in The Lab at Theatre Royal Plymouth, Knaive Theatre uses this rehearsal and performance space to create a drama is both thought-provoking and vivid. The one-act, one-man show ...

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The Love Of The Nightingale – Circomedia, Bristol

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Directors: Paul Clarkson and Kim Durham Reviewer: Kris Hallett Funny how often theatre can feel like buses. You wait ages to see a production and then two turn up one after another. Connor McPherson’s The Weir will play at both Bristol’s flagship theatres within a year of each other, but only seven short months separate two productions of Timberlake ...

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The Drive – The Lighthouse, Poole

Writer & Director: Tamsin Fessey and Lynne Forbes Reviewer: Sophie Huggins One car, one trip and two forgotten friends; The Drive, intriguingly told by renowned devised theatre company Angel Exit, is an honest two-hander that forces not only a confrontation with the past but more importantly - how it is remembered. Currently in development, this production is reviewed ahead of a ...

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Tristan and Yseult – Bristol Old Vic

Writers: Anna Marie Murphy and Carl Grose Adaptor and Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Kris Hallett If theatre ever had their own version of Desert Island Discs, Kneehigh would have to be a strong contender for the luxury item. No company brings as much joy to a packed auditorium as them when they are in full flow. No company fulfils the mantra ...

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35 Times – Volcano Theatre, Swansea

Writer/ Director: Bethan Morgan Reviewer: Jaclyn Martin Statistically, a woman suffers physical assault from a partner on average 35 times before reporting it. A fact from which this production arises. The subject of domestic abuse is not an easy topic to address. It’s a subject that is often only talked about in hushed tones and still considered taboo. It takes ...

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Translunar Paradise – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer: George Mann Director: George Mann Reviewer: Joan Phillips More theatre at its best at the Factory Theatre, Bristol, with Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Translunar Paradise. Just three people on stage and not a word is spoken in this short, simply staged, moving story. But the effect on the audience is as powerful as a full-length play or cinema 'weepy'. Written ...

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