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Jonny and the Baptists: Eat the Poor – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervase

Director: Will Young Writer: Jonny Donahoe & Paddy Gervers Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Jonny and the Baptists return to the road straight from their hugely popular Edinburgh Fringe run of Eat the Poor. The musical satire duo have brought a show to The Bike Shed Theatre every year for the past five years. Going from playing in the bar, to one ...

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Junkyard – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Jack Thorne Composer: Stephen Warbeck Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Tim Wright Jack Thorne’s star is very high in the sky indeed. After numerous screen writing credits and the runaway success of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on stage in London, it’s with no small level of anticipation that his latest work Junkyard arrives in Bristol. Assembled alongside Headlong’s ...

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Danza Contemporánea de Cuba – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Artistic Director: Miguel Á Iglesias Choreographers: Annabelle López Ochoa, Theo Clinkard, George Céspedes Reviewer: Karen Bussell Fusion. African – Latino; male - female; military – revolution; individualism- group mentality; soundtrack – dance; conformity – subversion: Havana’s shoestring company Danza Contemporánea de Cuba celebrates the intrinsic fusion of its homeland through works by the company’s own George Céspedes, Olivier award-winner Annabelle ...

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We Are Ian – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Creators:  Kat Cory, Dora Lynn, Nora Alexander Reviewer: Chris Oldham Ian is a light bulb, hanging from the ceiling. And the three young women of In Bed With My Brother have come to tell his story. It's a real life story, told through played-back recordings of interviews with Ian about his experiences in the late 1980s at the end of ...

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Give Me Your Love – The Lighthouse, Poole.

Creators: David Woods and Jon Haynes  Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Creating a play from factual research that explores alternative treatments for mental illness, is not the easiest of tasks. However, through their writing, directing and acting, this is something that David Woods and Jon Haynes, artistic directors of Ridiculusmus, spiritedly aspired to do. The dialogue written by the actors, is sensitive ...

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Plastic – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Marius von Mayenburg Translator: Maja Zade Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Claire Hayes   The ambition behind Marius von Mayenburg’s Plastic is dazzling: using the artifice of theatre, its shared space and storytelling communion, to question the boundaries between art and life. If you listen to the narrative of the play’s central character Serge Haulupa, conceptual artist and orchestrator of ...

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The Wedding Singer – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writers: Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Based on the film of the same name, The Wedding Singer takes us back to the 1980s and tells the story of Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns) - the singer that makes other people's big days special while remaining unlucky in love himself. A predictable, but smile-inducing, ...

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Danza Contemporánea de Cuba – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Miguel A Iglesias Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   If you are expecting salsa and samba rhythms á la Strictly – forget it.  But hot, hot, hot – yes! This is the country that gave birth to Carlos Acosta, remember, so it’s hardly surprising that Danza Contemporánea de Cuba dance fast, dance fun, dance tears, and all with an expertise that ...

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