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Some People Talk About Violence – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Devisors: Barrel Organ Director: Ali Pidsley Reviewer: Kris Hallett They must be putting something in the snakebite up in Warwick. In the past year, there have been three pieces from different graduating companies from the university, all pieces buzzing with ideas on form and content that scramble around the brain for days afterwards. Influences are close to the surface, a little ...

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Coulrophobia – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writers: Dik Downey, Adam Blake and John Nicholson Director: John Nicholson Reviewer: Joan Phillips Clowns have been in the news recently thanks to the so-called ‘creepy clown craze’. With a title like Coulrophobia, the dictionary term for an abnormal fear of clowns, you might be in danger of getting the wrong idea for this show. Despite the title, and the ...

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Egil – Bike Shed, Exeter

Writer: Peter Oswald Director: Howard Gayton Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest Warrior, berserker, grieving father, carouser, irascible old man, inspired poet;  these are roles that Egil Skallagrimsson, Viking poet of Iceland, played throughout his life, and, in portraying Egil, as well as narrating his story, writer/actor Peter Oswald inhabits them all. The performance contains three episodes in Egil's life and each shows ...

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As Funny As Cancer – Bike Shed, Exeter

Writer and performer: Beth Vyse Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts What do breast cancer and Deal or No Deal have in common? Beth Vyse is here to explain all in her solo show, As Funny As Cancer. On the way in the audience is greeted by a loud American woman in a large blond wig, each person welcomed and given a ping ...

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Are You There? – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter 

Writer: Lucy Bell Director: Beth Shouler Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Are You There? Takes a look at modern Christianity in rural Devon. Written by award-winning Exeter playwright Lucy Bell and produced by Theatre West, the performance is part of Theatre West's season of new writing running during November throughout Bristol and beyond. Shirley runs the local church Alpha course, so far no ones turned up. ...

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Mobile – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Director: Jemma Mc Donnell Reviewer: Marina Spark Theatrical productions have, over the years, used a myriad of performance spaces. From big budget large stages to low-key fringe venues, theatre comes in all shapes and sizes. It isn't often that you encounter a show that incorporates both an intimate, comfortable space with cutting edge storytelling technology, however with Mobile, The Paper ...

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Dead Sheep – Exeter Northcott

Writer: Jonathan Maitland Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Joan Phillips Anyone even faintly acquainted with the political personalities of the UK during the 1980s will know of the half-man, half-woman Margaret Thatcher; the comic similarities drawn between Heseltine and Tarzan, the references to the Hollywood good looks of Cecil Parkinson, and the arrogance and caddish behaviour of Alan Clarke, but how ...

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The Weir – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Claire Hayes There’s a deceptive air of normality at the opening of Conor McPherson’s much garlanded 1997 play The Weir; another evening in a rural Irish backwater pub, where the regulars shut out the howling wind and gather for a few pints and a ‘small one’ or two. Rachel O’Riordan - hugely successful ...

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