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Iceland – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Dollar bill splashed with blood

Writer: Nicolas Billon Director: Geoffrey Brumlik Reviewer: Kris Hallett The Directors' Cuts season presented each May by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, is a terrific way for audiences to catch up on and discover the world of new writing. Iceland, a terrific piece by Canadian Nicolas Billon, given its UK première here by director and fellow countryman Geoffrey Brumlik, is a great discovery. Iceland ...

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Wonderland – Bristol Hippodrome

Stephen Webb and Kerry Ellis in Wonderland

Book: Gregory Boyd & Jack Murphy Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Jack Murphy Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Chris Oldham With stage adaptations of fairy tales featuring heavily in the landscape of musical theatre, it's perhaps surprising that a show based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has, for the most part, yet to make an impact. Director Lotte Wakeham, and musician ...

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Best of BE Festival – Circomedia, Bristol

Two men with fluorescent strip lights

Companies: Oliver Zahn, Sotterraneo & Compagnie Philippe Saire Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller Three groundbreaking performance companies. One night. Best of BE Festival takes three radically different performances from companies across Europe and leaves us open-mouthed. Drawing across dance, performance, physical theatre and live art, the genre-bending selection of pieces presents an exciting picture of European theatre arts today. We begin ...

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At The End We Begin – Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Man and woman movement on blue background

Music: Samuel Hall Choreographer: Richard Chappell Reviewer: Karen Bussell Inspired by T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, Rambert and Royal Ballet-trained and internationally acclaimed Richard Chappell has created a four-part, four-handed moody and dynamic dance. Based in Devon and London, Richard Chappell Dance is a five-year-old project-based collaborative company which aims to challenge the boundaries between classic ballet and contemporary dance. ...

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Sex With A Stranger – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Man and woman sitting on a sofa

Writer: Stefan Golaszewski Director: Alexandra Moxon Reviewer: Kris Hallett Relationships eh? They start with a drunk snog and fumble in the park, moving on to dinners at a local Italian discussing Sloppy Giuseppes, Gotye’s Someone That I Used to Know on the airwaves, making tentative discoveries about what you have in common and, before you know it, Mad Men box ...

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La Strada – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Director: Sally Cookson Music: Benji Bower Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Based on the 1954 film of the same name, Sally Cookson’s La Strada is a real theatrical gem. The story follows Gelsomina, a shy and awkward girl whose life is changed when her desperate mother sells her to Zampano, a travelling strong man with a cruel heart. Audrey Bisson plays Gelsomina ...

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Jane Eyre – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

 Writer: Charlotte Bronte Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Hannah Stamp This stage production of Charlotte Bronte’s beloved novel Jane Eyre encompasses all the visual passion the classic piece of literature cries out for. Set free from the constraints of ink on a page, it is as heartfelt and steady as the spirit of Jane herself. Nadia Clifford guides us through the ...

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Kate Dimbleby presents Songbirds – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Kate Dimbleby Director: Katy Carmichael Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller Cabaret singer Kate Dimbleby is on a quest to find her voice. After many years making work about other people’s stories and voices, Songbirds is a pared-back solo show exploring Dimbleby’s own story, using (mainly) the power of her own voice. With a loop pedal, microphone and visual projections, Dimbleby ...

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