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Babe: The Sheep Pig, Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Adaptor: David Wood Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Simon Topping As the audience enter the theatre their eyes are drawn to the stage and the sheep pen, which is constructed upon it, where four innocent looking “sheep” bustle and baa together.  As the lights drop the sheep begin to sing and dance in unison.  There are audible whispers of “Wow” from ...

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The Enormous Room – Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

  Choreographer: Lucy Bennett Reviewer: Sophie Huggins   Known for their inclusion of all disabled and non-disabled artists, this is Stopgap Dance Company at its finest, exploring the fragile yet resilient human condition, in their devised play: The Enormous Room. Exploring themes of grief and loss, six performers tell the story of a father and daughter who have recently lost ...

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The Wedding Singer – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writers: Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dan English There is the adage ‘always the bridesmaid, but never the bride’ but what about anyone else at a wedding? Adapting the 90s Adam Sandler comedy, The Wedding Singer explores the trials and tribulations of Robbie, a wedding singer who brings much joy to other couples yet ...

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Silver Lining – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Sandi Toksvig Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Paul Couch According to the actor and comedian, Groucho Marx, "getting older is no problem - you just have to live long enough". But for the five elderly women who comprise the ensemble cast of Sandi Toksvig's Silver Lining, living long enough isn't the problem, it's having lived so long that they've survived ...

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A Passionate Woman – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Kay Mellor Director: Paul Milton Reviewer: Steve Turner It’s her son’s wedding day so where else would you expect to find the mother of the groom than in her attic ‘tidying up’. Betty (Liza Goddard) is clearly not overjoyed at the prospect of losing her son to a new bride and, seemingly worse, him moving to Milton Keynes. It’s ...

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The Crucible – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Dan English Salem, 1692. A witchcraft hunt has gripped a rural Massachusetts community with women across the town accused of worshipping Satan. Reverend Parris, whose daughter and niece appear to have succumbed to the Devil’s seduction, leads a crusade of his fledgling flock against the witches he claims to be within his parish. ...

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The Inkwell – Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

Artistic Directors: Mary Davies, Lynette King, Caroline Mummery Reviewer: Glen Pearce A community production, featuring 180 performers aged 8-80 from community groups and schools is enough to send many practitioners into a blind panic. For over 30 years DanceEast, however, has been running just such projects and their 2017 showing of The Inkwell is an ideal showcase of what can ...

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Out Of Order – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer & Director:  Ray Cooney Reviewer: Steve Turner Originally written and performed in 1990 and here updated to include some topical references to Brexit, May, Corbyn and Boris Johnson, Ray Cooney’s farce has lost none of its verve, capacity to surprise, and most importantly its ability to make us laugh. Indeed the laughter from the audience is so loud it ...

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