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MAYFEST: Complicated Grief – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: David Woods & John Haynes Director: David Woods & John Haynes Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva The award-winning duo Ridiculusmus conclude their mental health trilogy with Complicated Grief, a show about the depths of life before it expires. The series starts with The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland and Give Me Your Love, as part of Mayfest 2018. Informed by ...

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MAYFEST: Give Me Your Love – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: David Woods & John Haynes Director: David Woods & John Haynes Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva Give Me Your Love is a dark comedic two-character drama informed by research into MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) assisted therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Drawing from real-life war experiences, the award-winning duo Ridiculusmus, David Woods and Jon Haynes develop a sinister story which serves as ...

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MAYFEST: Velvet Petal – Trinity Fyfe Hall, Bristol

Choreographer: Fleur Darkin Musical Arrangement: Torben Lars Sylvest Reviewer: Leah TozerFleur Darkin’s Velvet Petal for Scottish Dance Theatre is an androgynous, drug-fuelled-feeling orgy of dance and adolescence. Performed at the intimate Trinity Fyfe Hall as part of Mayfest, it’s a theatrical thrill of electronica, witty choreography, and fine performances that loses its way a little in its own chaos. Influenced by the provocative photography of Robert ...

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MAYFEST: The Nature of Why – Bristol Old Vic

Director: Caroline Bowditch & Charles Hazlewood Composer: Will Gregory Choreographer: Caroline Bowditch Reviewer: Leah Tozer Imagine two magnets: pushed together one way, opposites attract, but pull them apart and attempt to put the other poles together, and it’s impossible. Why? A theoretical physicist, like the famed Richard Feynman, might find reason in forces and motion, but many of us will fail to ...

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The Damed United – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Anders Lustgarten (adapted from David Peace book) Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Joan Phillips If you are a certain age and if ‘the beautiful game’ is, as Bill Shankly put it, ‘more important than life or death’ then this is a play for you. Based on David Peace’s eponymous novel, The Damned United is the story of Brian Clough’s doomed ...

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The Next Thing – Exeter Phoenix

Artistic Director: Lucy Hirst Reviewer: Georgie Bird Inspired by Yuval Noah Harari’s best-selling book Homo Deus A Brief History of Tomorrow, The Next Thing covers a wide range of issues young people face in a thought-provoking and engaging manner. The Young Pretenders are a talented group of young actors ranging from ages 11 to 17, filling the stage dressed in a ...

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This House – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Jeremy Herrin / Jonathan Boyle Playwright: James Graham Reviewer: Helen Tope It is 1974, and the Labour Party have won the General Election. But a win without a majority means the race is on to nudge Labour over the line and into political safety. Enter the Whips – the handlers of Westminster. It is their job to see MP’s ...

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The Effect – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Lucy Pebble Director: Dan Jones Designer: Carl Davies Sound Designer: Tic Ashfield Reviewer: Emily Pearce The Other Room, Cardiff’s first and only pub theatre, has fast established itself as a fiercely creative venue that is unafraid to take risks. A small theatre at the back of quirky pub, Porter’s, it has won numerous awards and has a strong reputation ...

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