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The Castle Builder – Cube Cinema, Bristol

Creators: Vic Llewelyn and Ed Patrick Reviewer Kris Hallett Do we make art for public consumption or to satisfy personal longing? Is the art of making theatre, writing a book, painting a portrait, building a castle only validated when it is revealed to the public or is the making of it enough. This is the question at the heart of ...

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The Episode – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Director: Emily Greenslade & Tom Brennan Writer: Tom Brennan Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Award-winning theatre maker Tom Brennan brings us his latest production, The Episode. An intimate show about fashion and the all too vivid reality of reality television. Kate (Nesba Crenshaw) had everything. The money, the lifestyle, the editorial position at the biggest fashion magazine in the country, but for the ...

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Pride and Prejudice – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Book: Jane Austen Stage Adaptation: Simon Reade Director: Deborah Bruce Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   Dashing young men and their lady loves are a feature of Jane Austen’s novels – Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy from the TV mini-series of Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice, set in the Regency era in which she lived, is still remembered by many.  Simon Reade’s ...

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Othello – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Richard Twyman Reviewer: Claire Hayes Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF)’s new version of Othello brings the Bard’s tragedy of malign manipulation and jealous, destructive rage right into the present-day. It’s immediately apparent that the entrenched racism, misogyny and religious intolerance of the 16th century still resonates in a setting of mobiles, microphones and concrete basement ...

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The Bear – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

 Director: Emma Earle &Hal Chambers Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts After their recent success with Father Christmas, Pins and Needles Productions bring their take on another Raymond Briggs classic to Bristol Old Vic Theatre and it does not disappoint. From catchy songs to magical puppetry The Bear has it all as it leaps from page to stage. The Bear follows the story of Tilly, played by Lily ...

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WNO – Le Vin herbé, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Franck Martin Director:  Polly Graham Conductor: James Southall Reviewer: Emily Pearce When asked what about opera can put people off, typical answers can range from, ‘It’s too long!’ to, ‘It’s in a different language that I won’t understand’ and ‘It’s people in funny costumes wailing and dying!’. The third comment being somewhat true no matter what you see aside, ...

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Sinners Club – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer &Music: Lucy Rivers Director: Titas Balder Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Sinners Club is a dark, surreal and edgy exploration of the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in Britain. This theatre gig is a real onslaught on the senses - and most of it in a good way. The powerful and emotive original music by Lucy Rivers ...

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The Thing That Came From Over There! -Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Devisor: Gonzo Moose Theatre Company Director : Abigail Anderson Reviewer : Joan Phillips The Theatre Royal Plymouth welcomes more revisionist history on stage. After Hilary Mantell’s Wolf Hall showed us the other side of Thomas Cromwell; a more heroic Richard III asserted with Shakespeare’s version seen as Tudor propaganda; Gonzo Moose Theatre Company brings us the alternative version of events ...

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