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Tristan and Yseult – Bristol Old Vic

Writers: Anna Marie Murphy and Carl Grose Adaptor and Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Kris Hallett If theatre ever had their own version of Desert Island Discs, Kneehigh would have to be a strong contender for the luxury item. No company brings as much joy to a packed auditorium as them when they are in full flow. No company fulfils the mantra ...

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35 Times – Volcano Theatre, Swansea

Writer/ Director: Bethan Morgan Reviewer: Jaclyn Martin Statistically, a woman suffers physical assault from a partner on average 35 times before reporting it. A fact from which this production arises. The subject of domestic abuse is not an easy topic to address. It’s a subject that is often only talked about in hushed tones and still considered taboo. It takes ...

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Translunar Paradise – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer: George Mann Director: George Mann Reviewer: Joan Phillips More theatre at its best at the Factory Theatre, Bristol, with Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Translunar Paradise. Just three people on stage and not a word is spoken in this short, simply staged, moving story. But the effect on the audience is as powerful as a full-length play or cinema 'weepy'. Written ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Beth Steer Pitted as the ‘world’s most successful Rock ‘n’ Roll musical, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story has come to Cardiff’s New Theatre. Seen by more than 22 million people in over 25,000 shows worldwide, the show has been running for 27 years since it first opened in London, and charts the ‘golden ...

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Our Man in Havana – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer:  Adapted by Clive Francis from the novel by Graham Greene Director:  Amanda Knott Reviewer:  Becca Savory Fuller Jim Wormold is just a struggling vacuum cleaner salesman in Havana, until a mysterious British gentleman enters his shop.  The sharply-suited Hawthorn seems scarcely interested in vacuum cleaners, and so begins Wormold’s descent into the world of international espionage. Our Man in ...

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Dirty Dancing – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Laura Hesketh Based on the 1987 rom-com that made many fall in love with the late Patrick Swayze, the 2006 musical production of Dirty Dancing continues to be a sell-out hit to a loyal fan base. Set in the early sixties at Camp Kellerman, the ultimate middle-class retreat, Frances 'Baby' ...

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The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People – The Boat Shed, Exeter

Writer & Performer:  Rhys Slade-Jones Reviewer:  Becca Savory Fuller The Land of My Fathers… is presented as a work-in-progress production at Exeter’s newest performance space, The Bike Shed Theatre’s pop-up summer venue, The Boat Shed.  So, how to review a piece that’s so clearly in an early stage of development?  Lead-artist Rhys Slade-Jones forgets what’s coming next, trips over his ...

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Racing Demon – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: David Hare Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Claire Hayes Jonathan Church’s inaugural summer season for Bath’s Theatre Royal signalled changes from the moment his programme was revealed – without any hint of the usual Shakespeare or Coward. Instead, it opens with a revival of David Hare’s 1990 play Racing Demon, a meditation on the state of the Church of England, ...

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