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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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La traviata – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Director: David McVicar Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Claire Hayes Welsh National Opera (WNO)’s interpretation of La traviata, Verdi’s story of a consumptive courtesan who sacrifices herself for love, is nothing short of visually spectacular throughout. Presented as part of its Fallen Women season, this revival of WNO’s 2009 production is firmly rooted in the richly textured and ...

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The Events – Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Dramaturgs: Oda Radoor &Brigitte Auer Music: John Browne Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: Jacqui Onions The Eventsfollows the aftermath of a terrible tragedy and Claire's struggles to come to terms with and understand what happened, exploring her resulting fixation with The Boy who perpetrated the events. Covering themes including forgiveness, inclusivity, multiculturalism and immigration to name but a few, The Events ...

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Arcadia – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF) is a company never lacking in ambition, so it’s fitting that Arcadia has been chosen as a first contemporary venture. Initially staged in 1993, Tom Stoppard’s widely-acclaimed play presents a sumptuous tapestry of ideas from Fermat’s Last Theorem to the laws of thermodynamics, from landscape ...

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Lady Gogo Goch – Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Deviser: Jill Dowse Director: Emily Ayres Reviewer: Jacqui Onions In Lady Gogo Goch, Sam Fox creates a variety of Welsh ladies, with the inspiration for these characters coming from everywhere from history to traditions, real life to song. Using a mixture of music (much of which is ably performed live by Ricardo Rocha), song, poetry and prose in their creation, ...

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The Shop of Little Horrors – Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Dramaturg: Adam Peck Music: Simon Preston Director: Emma Williams Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Albert Grimlake resides alone inside his workshop, crafting his beloved puppets, with only a ventriloquist’s dummy likeness of his mother for company. As he gets older he feels he can no longer continue with his work alone and advertises for some help. Muppet loving Eric responds and finds ...

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Manon Lescaut – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Mariusz Trelinski Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Marina Spark Plymouth's Theatre Royal is playing host to the Welsh National Opera's Fallen Women season, of which Manon Lescaut is their second in the bill of three operas. The plot surrounds the incomprehensibly desirable Manon; a beautiful, provocative, fascinating woman, played by Chiara Taigi. The hero of the opera ...

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