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At The End We Begin – Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Man and woman movement on blue background

Music: Samuel Hall Choreographer: Richard Chappell Reviewer: Karen Bussell Inspired by T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, Rambert and Royal Ballet-trained and internationally acclaimed Richard Chappell has created a four-part, four-handed moody and dynamic dance. Based in Devon and London, Richard Chappell Dance is a five-year-old project-based collaborative company which aims to challenge the boundaries between classic ballet and contemporary dance. ...

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Sex With A Stranger – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Man and woman sitting on a sofa

Writer: Stefan Golaszewski Director: Alexandra Moxon Reviewer: Kris Hallett Relationships eh? They start with a drunk snog and fumble in the park, moving on to dinners at a local Italian discussing Sloppy Giuseppes, Gotye’s Someone That I Used to Know on the airwaves, making tentative discoveries about what you have in common and, before you know it, Mad Men box ...

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La Strada – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Director: Sally Cookson Music: Benji Bower Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Based on the 1954 film of the same name, Sally Cookson’s La Strada is a real theatrical gem. The story follows Gelsomina, a shy and awkward girl whose life is changed when her desperate mother sells her to Zampano, a travelling strong man with a cruel heart. Audrey Bisson plays Gelsomina ...

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Jane Eyre – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

 Writer: Charlotte Bronte Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Hannah Stamp This stage production of Charlotte Bronte’s beloved novel Jane Eyre encompasses all the visual passion the classic piece of literature cries out for. Set free from the constraints of ink on a page, it is as heartfelt and steady as the spirit of Jane herself. Nadia Clifford guides us through the ...

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Kate Dimbleby presents Songbirds – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Kate Dimbleby Director: Katy Carmichael Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller Cabaret singer Kate Dimbleby is on a quest to find her voice. After many years making work about other people’s stories and voices, Songbirds is a pared-back solo show exploring Dimbleby’s own story, using (mainly) the power of her own voice. With a loop pedal, microphone and visual projections, Dimbleby ...

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The Green House / Profundis – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Choreographers: Caroline Finn & Roy Assaf Reviewer: Jacqui Onions National Dance Company Wales present their latest works in a double bill from two choreographers; The Green House by NDCW’s artistic director, Caroline Finn, and Profundis by Roy Assaf. The evening begins with Profundis and a simple black box stage with a grey dance floor. The audience is treated to a ...

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The Devil Speaks True – The Lighthouse, Poole

Director: Joel Scott Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Drifting in the darkness, somewhere between fringe theatre and a cinematic experience, floats this sensory stunner, The Devil Speaks True. Interweaving Shakespeare’s famous tale of Macbeth with modern verbatim recordings, Goat and Monkey use wireless headphones, binaural sound design and video projections to immerse its audience in a world of conflict and its often ...

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Tortoise V Hare – Spike Island Café, Bristol

Reviewer: Tim Wright Living Spit duo Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin are back with their unique blend of comedy, music and rhyme. This time they’re re-telling the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. However, for this version we’re in Wrington running club. The club star - the brash, book deal wielding bully Barry Hare - is challenged to a ...

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