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Light – The Studio, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: George Mann Director: George Mann Reviewer: Joan Phillips George Orwell frightened the world with his chilling glimpse into a dystopian, totalitarian future in his book Nineteen Eighty-Four. Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Light is a harrowing demonstration of how these issues never go away. In this version, written and directed by George Mann, we have the added complication of how modern ...

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The Life & Times of Fanny Hill – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: John Cleland Adaptor: April de Angelis Director: Michael Oakley Reviewer: Claire Hayes You might think you know what to expect from The Life &Times of Fanny Hill, Lamplighter Theatre’s new adaptation of John Cleland’s notorious tale of a prostitute’s misadventures. The book is essentially an 18th century romp with a full variety of sexual escapades complete with bawdy jokes. ...

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Richard III – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Yvonne Murphy Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Everything about Omidaze’s production of Richard III attempts to be ground-breaking. An all-female cast creates a promenade performance taken out of the traditional setting and thrown into a strange world hidden in the roof void of the Wales Millennium Centre. So many breaks from tradition could have easily been a recipe ...

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The Government Inspector – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adaptor: Robin Colyer Director: Robin Colyer Reviewer: Joan Phillips This hilarious adaptation of Gogol’s The Government Inspector by Flintlock Theatre is not to be missed. The original, satirical messages about the corruption, greed and bureaucratic stupidity of 19th century Russia are retained, but this is an ingenious version full of comical farce. Formed in 2012, this is ...

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Welsh National Opera: CHORUS! – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: David Pountney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A pot-pourri of operatic favourites, Chorus! not only showcases the world class talents of Welsh National Opera’s justly famed chorus, but those of the inimitable Lesley Garrett. All it lacks is Bryn Terfel but you can’t have everything, although to have him singing the title rôle in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman- the famous Spinning Chorus ...

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The Forsythe Sisters – Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writers: Lucy Rivers &Hannah McPake Music: Lucy Rivers Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Jacqui Onions In The Forsythe Sisters, Gagglebabble invite you to attend an evening of mediumship at your local village hall. What follows is a random concoction of village characters, local myths, psychic demonstrations, live music and even a mini love story all bewilderingly but enjoyably rolled into the ...

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The Forbidden Door – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Claire Hayes As the storytelling magic of The Forbidden Door unfolds, we realise we are being told not just one tale, but many. Here are the threads of half-remembered fables, woven together and breathed into new life with captivating skill and evocative music. After their 2012 success with A Love Like Salt, The Devil’s Violin returns ...

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Roundelay – Theatre Royal, Bath

Written and directed by: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Claire Hayes The concept of five short plays combining in no fixed order is an intriguing one, given the 120 possible permutations that could be performed, with a running order decided each time by a pre-show lottery. It holds the promise of theatre extending what it already does best – building performance anew ...

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