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Mass – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer and Performer: Amy Mason Director: Kirsty Housley Reviewer: Joan Phillips Amy Mason attempts a humorous reconstruction of what a mass could be like if you did away with the ritualised chanting, formalised responses and solemn music of the traditional Catholic mass. And comes up with some pretty good ideas. A self-declared lapsed Catholic, Mason recalls years in her childhood ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Coppélia -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Léo Delibes Choreography: Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti and Peter Wright Reviewer: Marina Spark The much loved and well known classic ballet Coppélia brings the Theatre Royal, Plymouth to life this spring. The sweet tale of a doll maker (with wannabe magician skills) who tries to bring his doll, Coppélia, to life captures the imagination and delights. Composed by Léo ...

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Two Punks And A Tandem – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Callum Mitchell Director: Jim Carey Reviewer: Kris Hallett 1985 in Penzance and Thatcher’s legacy has taken hold with high levels of youth unemployment, leaving a generation with no work, no money, no hope. Two guys are prepared to do something about that; a charity bike ride on a tandem from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Nothing can go wrong ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Moving Stateside – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographers: George Balanchine, Jessica Lang, Twyla Tharp Reviewer: Mike Carroll The 43 minutes of high-octane action that makes up In the Upper Room, the third of this triple bill from Birmingham Royal Ballet, is worth the ticket price in itself. This is ballet on steroids, where dancers performing in small troupes dart on and off stage, mystically appearing and disappearing ...

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Dance ‘Til Dawn – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Writer: Ed Curtis Director and Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Kris Hallett There’s a reason why composers of musicals sweat so much over theeleven o’clocknumber. Send an audience home happy and the battle has almost been won. Whatever has come before gets a different glow depending on these final moments.Dance ‘Til Dawn’s finale is an Argentine Tango of such thrilling virtuosity ...

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Man to Man – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Manfred Karge Adaptor: Alexandra Wood Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: Denis Lennon The production team at Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) are right on time with their new in-house production of Man to Man. In our time, where femininity is no longer reserved for the female and with blurred lines around what it is to be a man, the notion of ...

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The History Boys – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Glen Pearce It may be set in the 1980s but there is a timeless quality to Alan Bennett’s The History Boys that ensures it resonates with all ages. The landscape may have changed but the themes and topics brought so vividly to life in Bennett’s witty and observant wordplay remains as fresh as ...

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Dirty Dancing – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Choreographer: Kate Champion Director: Sarah Tipple Reviewer: Megan Pearce Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage is one of the most energetic musicals on the scene at the moment. The nostalgic numbers will undoubtedly make you want to pirouette home and dust off those dancing shoes! Within the first ten minutes every cast member has been ...

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