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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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Merit – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer : Alexandra Wood Director : Jennie Darnell Reviewer : Joan Phillips Alexandra Wood’s new play takes the friction between rich and poor and turns the usual arguments, suspects and themes upside down. Sofia has recently managed to get a well paid job as PA to a wealthy, successful city banker. She quickly finds herself defending her new employer to ...

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Julius Caesar – Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director and Adaptor: Toby Hulse Reviewer: Kris Hallett There’s a lot of hard work on display in Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s version of Julius Caesar, adapted by Toby Hulse for a family audience. There is hard work from the four performers who take on multiple rôles with just a jacket change to support them, hard work ...

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Grounded – Arnolfini, Bristol

Writer: George Brant Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Kris Hallett   Stranded inside a Perspex-like box, Lucy Ellinson’s pilot is trapped physically in the same way that she feels trapped by the duelling conflicts of family life and drone warfare. Grounded from flying war jets in the desert after falling pregnant, this fighter pilot soon finds herself stationed in Vegas, flying ...

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Who Is Dory Previn? – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer:Kate Dimbleby and Naadia Sheriff with Amy Rosenthal Director: Cal McCrystal Reviewer: Claire Hayes Kate Dimbleby walks on stage and talks of screaming on a plane and immediately it becomes clear that if we don’t already know about Dory Previn, whose words these are, then we should. Here is a woman who has spoken of extraordinary things and written extraordinary ...

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Wicked – Plymouth Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Winnie Holzman Based on the novel by: Gregory Maguire Music &Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Kathryn M. Bartlett   Wicked is a magical, fantastical show with twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat, close to tears, holding your breath and squealing with joy and laughter, often at the same time. Based ...

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