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The Woman in Black – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Susan Hill Adaptor: Stephen Mallatratt Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Marina Spark The spooky, spine-tingling spectacular The Woman In Black is currently wowing audiences at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. The stage adaptation of the novel by Susan Hill has been in the West End for 25 years and is now proudly doing a national tour. The audience sits in anticipation, ...

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Mmm Hmmm – Theatre Shop, Clevedon

Composer and Director: Verity Standen Reviewer: Claire Hayes Mmm Hmmm was a word-of-mouth hit when performed in Bristol’s Tobacco Factory last year, and for those who missed Verity Standen’s a capella song theatre, the show’s visit to Theatre Shop’s inaugural season in Clevedon provides a welcome opportunity to catch up. This really is a genre-defying piece, combining three stunning female ...

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WNO: Peter Pan – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Book: J M Barrie Composer: Richard Ayres Libretto: Lavinia Greenlaw Director: Keith Warner Conductor: Erik Nielsen Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Childhood memories of the original, whether as play or pantomime, might receive something of a jolt on seeing this operatic adaptation of J M Barrie’s iconic work. This production, given its UK premiere at the WMC in Cardiff, brings out hitherto ...

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Frantic – Queen’s Square Street Theatre, Clevedon

Choreographed and performed by: Acrojou Reviewed by: Claire Hayes Theatre Shop’s season in Clevedon includes not only professional live performance in an empty retail unit, but also a variety of free street entertainment. Ballet Central danced on the pier to an audience of 700, a jester tumbled colourfully along the prom and a giant-sized game of live hangman was open ...

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The Devil & The Shopkeeper – Theatre Shop, Clevedon

Writers: Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin Director: Craig Edwards Reviewer: Claire Hayes There’s something thrilling transforming the seaside town of Clevedon this month, with the inaugural season of Theatre Shop, an empty retail unit on a pleasant square, reborn as a venue for professional live performance. Bristol-based Living Spit is one of the creative forces behind this reinvention, as well ...

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Every Brilliant Thing – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Duncan Macmillan assisted by Jonny Donahoe Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Joan Phillips When someone close to us dies prematurely, it is easy to feel robbed and it takes time to make sense of. If your own mother commits suicide you are going to take a long time to try and make sense of what happened. Every Brilliant Thing introduces ...

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Sex in Suburbia – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writers: Claire Sweeney and Mandy Muden Director: Ken Alexander Reviewer: Beth Steer Based around “the eternal subject of love and romance, and the quest to find Mr Right”, Sex in Suburbia tells the story of several disastrous dating experiences. Written by Claire Sweeney – who stars as herself – and friend Mandy Muden, who “thought it was funny in their ...

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Tartuffe – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Molière Director: Ralf Togneri Reviewer: Claire Hayes First performed in Versailles in 1664, Tartuffe was banned soon afterwards by King Louis XIV because of its display of religious hypocrisy and its confusion of virtue and vice. In today’s more secular society, it’s possibly harder to take the same offence on religious grounds, but still easy to recognise the bounder ...

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