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Under Milk Wood – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Dylan Thomas Director: Terry Hands Reviewer: Joan Phillips Terry Hands' revival of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood is bursting with charm and affection. This latest version by Clwyd Theatr Cymru marks the centenary of Thomas' birth in 1914 and the 60th anniversary of the play's British premiere. Dylan Thomas wrote Under Milk Wood to cover 24 hours in the ...

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Swan Lake – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Adaptation &Choreography: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Barbara Michaels It is not often that an entire audience rises to its feet in rapturous and unrestrained applause almost before the curtain is down. That is what happened on the opening night at Bristol Hippodrome of this production of Swan Lake. This most well-known and well-loved of all classical ballets ...

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Banksy: The Room in the Elephant, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Tom Wainwright Director: Emma Callander Reviewer: Joan Phillips This is a play that is not what it seems. It appears to turn everything inside out and back to front. Even the title, The Room in the Elephant, is a play on words. Indeed the play's themes pose some difficult questions and tackle many elephants in the room. Thomas Wainwright's ...

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Sizwe Banzi is Dead – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Athol Fugard Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Marina Spark The anti-apartheid themes of freedom and independence that run through this 1972 play are communicated from the off with the audience entering the auditorium through different gates according to their race. Sibusiso Mamba strongly sets the tone, brashly directing audience members to their race-specific gate. The play's thoughtful attack on the ...

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An Evening of Movies and Musicals – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

Reviewer: Jacqui Onions An Evening of Movies and Musicals does exactly what it says on the tin – a concert packed with popular songs and soundtracks from the stage and screen. The four main soloists, Wynne Evans, Nathan James, Sandra Marvin and Sabrina Aloueche, all have very different voices and sing very different styles, which makes for a wonderful variety ...

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Helen – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer : Joan Phillips Imagine a series of children’s books that really catches the public imagination. The books are all about teenage wizards and witches, flashing their magic pens at each other and the ultimate battle between the heroine and her nemesis. Add this to a reclusive and publicity-shy author. Sound familiar? But let ...

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Tender Napalm – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Chris Darnall Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Tender Napalmis a mind-blowing piece of writing from Philip Ridley. Clever, witty, poetic and emotive, this play has it all. In its Welsh premiere from Company of Sirens, enter the fantasy world of an unknown couple in an unknown place and see reality trying to rear its ugly head in their ...

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The Good Earth – Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Musical Director: Max Mackintosh Director: Rachel Boulton Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Inspired by true events, The Good Earth tells the story of a Welsh community fighting against the council to save their homes and village. Devised by Fragments, this may be a new play in development but it already delivers a strong, polished script that is pacey, gripping and moving. This ...

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