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Love, Lies and Taxidermy – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Alan Harris Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Jaclyn Martin In a town where “all roads lead to Tesco”, it’s inevitable that this is the setting for Valentine and Vicky’s first date and the starting point for this story. A quirky spin on the classic boy-meets-girl tale – boy meets girl and tries to convince her not to film a porno… ...

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Here I Belong – The Bike Shed, Exeter

Writer: Matt Hartley Director: Elizabeth Freestone Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Though the audience is seated in a cabaret style, Here I Belong is a traditional well-made play rather than immersive theatre (the only real bit of immersion is the slice of birthday cake the audiences is  given). Set in a Yorkshire village hall, Elsie (Beatrice Curnew) encounters various women over the ...

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The Woman in Black – Exeter Northcott

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Assistant Director: Antony Eden Reviewer: Joan Phillips Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s short story, The Woman in Black, has now been running in theatres for 27 years. With such a long run it would be no surprise if audiences already knew the plot and its revelations. ...

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Rocky Horror Show – Theatre Royal, Bath

Liam Tamne as Franknfurter. Image by Sean Webb

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Jess Rowe Forty-three years on from its debut performance at London’s Royal Court Theatre, The Rocky Horror Show continues to be a timeless theatrical experience for any theatre-goer. As well as recently receiving a FOX remake to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the motion picture cult classic, it is now on its 11th UK Tour ...

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The Wind in the Willows – The Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Julian Fellowes Music and Lyrics: George Stiles, Andrew Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: David Jobson After more than a century, The Wind in the Willows still enchants children with its charming tale. It has been adapted countless times for stage, movie and TV. Now it’s traipsing the open road with songs to match in this new musical adaptation of ...

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Journey’s End – Tiverton Theatre

Writer: RC Sherriff Director: James Tobias Reviewer: Harry Mottram We are bombed, machine-gunned and shot at, and we are only the audience. For more than two hours the soldiers pinned down in a bunker in RC Sherriff’s First World War drama battle their own demons as much as the German army. Performed on the high stage in Tiverton Theatre, Journey’s End ...

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World Without Us – Theatre Royal Plymouth 

 Director: Alexander Devriendt Text: Alexander Devriendt, Valentijn Dhaenens, Karolien De Bleser, Joeri Smet Reviewer: Joseph Leigh Imagine you are sitting in an audience, waiting for a performance to begin. The lights drop, audio and projections play, and a performer walks on stage. You listen to the dialogue and drink in the lighting, set and costume. Rustling your programme almost imperceptibly, ...

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Snout – The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff 

Writer: Kelly Jones Director: Kenny Miller Reviewer: Beth Steer At just under 40 minutes long, Snout is a three-woman, one-van performance that packs a lot of punch in a short space of time. Written by award-winning playwright Kelly Jones, and directed by Kenny Miller, Snout explores what it means to be human - and animal. As Coco (Clare Cage), Lacey ...

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