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Jellyfish – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Alice Malseed Director and Developer: Sarah Baxter Reviewer: Chris Oldham Graduating from University and launching head-on into the outside world for the first time can be a tricky transition, one full of confusion and disappointment. For years, writers and performers across all forms of media have tried, with varying degrees of success, to capture that period in time where ...

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Welsh National Opera: Macbeth-Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Director:Oliver Mears Conductor: Andriy Yurkevych Reviewer:Emily Pearce Shakespeare's macabre King and persuasive wife get a dystopian 80s update in Oliver Mears' chilling production with Welsh National Opera. Originally performed by Northern Ireland Opera,Macbethtakes place in a contemporary but impoverished Scotland, mixing in real filmed footage of modern warfare throughout, and exploiting the Macbeths' cold brutality as another ...

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Romeo and Juliet – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Shakespeare's tragic love story has been reworked countless times in many genres. All the more credit, then, to the National Youth Theatre of Wales and its artistic director Bruce Guthrie for daring to add their own contemporary take to the list. A pared-down version, this, of Shakespeare’s original, cut to two ...

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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Sam Steiner Director: Ed Madden Reviewer: Joan Phillips Apparently, we will use just over 123 million words on average in a lifetime. Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons explores the kind of world we might encounter if we were limited, like Twitter, to just 140 words a day. Sam Steiner’s thoughtful, shortplay explores the power of language and our essential ...

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Mandela Trilogy – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer and Director: Michael Williams Music: Peter Louis van Dijk and Mike Campbell Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Vibrant and pulsating with the throb and beat of South Africa, Mandela is not only a unique piece of musical theatre but a history lesson. Told in three distinct acts, it is the story of a man whose strong beliefs and tenacity carried him ...

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Buckets – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Adam Barnard Director: Lee Hart Reviewer: Helen Tope While some plays emerge from the writer’s imagination almost fully-formed, the far more interesting ones take a circuitous route. Buckets, Adam Barnard’s first full-length play, started life as a melodrama. Written as the story of a dying child, Buckets aimed to explore the concept of the bucket list – a list ...

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Two Gentlemen of Verona – The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Saint Austell

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Marina Spark Shakespeare's Globe and the Liverpool Everyman &Playhouse present Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona at Kneehigh's Asylum tent this summer. The Asylum tent sits in an idyllic, isolated corner of Cornwall nestled in the grounds of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. This alternative theatre space houses the sparsely filled stage with ease ...

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Romeo and Juliet: The Secret Garden, Royal William Yard, Plymouth

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Mark Laville Reviewer: Karen Bussell A pared back Romeo and Juliet is delighting audiences in Plymouth this month. Simple, slick and full of modern twists, the Bard’s iconic tale of star-crossed lovers is playing at the Secret Garden in The Royal William Yard. Committed to using local talent, the Barbican Theatre’s Artistic Director has nabbed Mark ...

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