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Richard Alston Dance Company – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Reviewer: E. Whitcroft  British dance would be different without Richard Alston. From Rambert (he was artistic director from 1986 to 1992) to The Place and London Contemporary Dance School: traces of his influence are everywhere. One of the first British choreographers to experiment with everyday movement and multi-media; he also took dance outside the proscenium arch and from early on ...

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Gaslight – New Theatre, Cardiff

Gaslight Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham; Rupert Young as Jack Manningham

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Anthony Banks   Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A classic Victorian melodrama with psychological undertones, Gaslight was written and first produced in 1939 but has all the elements of the era in which it is set.  Not least of these is the title, which gave rise to the term ‘Gaslighting,’meaning a form of mental abuse – domestic abuse ...

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The Road to Huntsville – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

The Road To Huntsville

Writer/Performer: Stephanie Ridings Director: Jonathan V McGrath Reviewer: Claire Hayes Men who kill and the women who love them, despite – or because of – their spending 15 years or more on death row. State-sanctioned homicide by lethal injection in the heart of small town Texas. It’s a huge subject to tackle in an hour long, one woman show; Stephanie ...

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History History History – Exeter Phoenix

Director: Deborah Pearson Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts History is a complex thing, and whether familiar or unknown family history is something everyones thought about. Canadian born theatre maker Deborah Pearson brings us History History History, a poignant look at her own history and the history of a country that was once home to her Grandparents. Resembling something more of a lecture ...

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Faust x 2 – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Adaptors and Translators: Ian McDiarmid and Philip Wayne Director: Lisa Blair Reviewer: David Jobson The story of Faustus selling his soul to the Devil never ceases to intrigue. It has spawned countless adaptations, including Marlowe and Gothe’s plays. It is a goldmine of moral and mythical themes for writers and directors to delve in (and perhaps show off a bit of ...

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I’m Glad I Asked – The Lighthouse, Poole

Director: Katherina Radeva Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Sitting in the theatre, on International Women’s Day and watching a one-woman show that pieced together an often complex relationship between mother and daughter, can't have been more poignant. Performed by Michele O’Brien and directed by Katherina Radeva; their genders somewhat relevant, I’m Glad I Asked is a compilation of snapshots exploring the high and ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer / Composer: Charles Perrault / Sergei Prokofiev Director / Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer: Helen Tope Cinderella is the fairytale we think we know, perhaps a little too well. In this staging of the ballet, choreographer David Bintley attempts to break away from the overtly-classical staging of recent productions, instead returning the story to its roots. The problem with a ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Bristol Hippodrome

UK Touring cast of Sunny Afternoon

Writer: Ray Davies/Joe Penhall Composer: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Tim Wright “It doesn’t sound like Merseybeat, it doesn’t sound like anyone.” is the knowing reaction from Ray’s sister in the opening of Sunny Afternoon after hearing the band for the first time. It’s a pretty safe bet that a musical containing the calibre of songs like Lola and ...

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