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Sinners Club – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer &Music: Lucy Rivers Director: Titas Balder Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Sinners Club is a dark, surreal and edgy exploration of the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in Britain. This theatre gig is a real onslaught on the senses - and most of it in a good way. The powerful and emotive original music by Lucy Rivers ...

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The Thing That Came From Over There! -Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Devisor: Gonzo Moose Theatre Company Director : Abigail Anderson Reviewer : Joan Phillips The Theatre Royal Plymouth welcomes more revisionist history on stage. After Hilary Mantell’s Wolf Hall showed us the other side of Thomas Cromwell; a more heroic Richard III asserted with Shakespeare’s version seen as Tudor propaganda; Gonzo Moose Theatre Company brings us the alternative version of events ...

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Grandad and the Machine – Venue: Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Jack Dean Director: Polly Agg-Manning Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller Like a great clattering, thundering steam train, Jack Dean’s storytelling sweeps into the theatre and pulls you up on board.  Dean wants to take you to a world that’s strange yet familiar – dystopian, yet home.  But this is storytelling for the YouTube generation, there’s no time for Once Upon ...

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The Girl and the Giraffe – 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol Grammar School

Director: Titania Krimpas Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest The Girl and the Giraffe is Flood of Ink’s charming production for children aged 3-6. It is about a girl who, while playing the garden, discovers a giraffe living in next door’s garden. Despite her best efforts, the giraffe is unwilling to come and play with her, even hanging ‘Do not disturb’ and ‘Keep ...

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Old Herbaceous – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter 

Director: Simon Downing Writer: Alfred Shaughnessy Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Adapted by Alfred Shaughnessy from Reginald Arkell’s novel of the same name, Old Herbaceous is an hour and a half of sheer delight. Upon entering the theatre we are greeted at our seats by a small packet of seeds and, with that, the scene is set for the heartfelt story to ...

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WNO: Madam Butterfly – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Joachim Herz Conductor: Lawrence Foster Reviewer: Emily Pearce Welsh National Opera continues its ‘Love’s Poisoned Chalice’ season with the second of its Puccini operas, Madam Butterfly. This popular production by Joachim Herz has been revived several times since its premiere in 1978, and with the simple, yet effective set allowing the score to take centre stage, ...

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The Record  – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writers and Directors: Abigail Browde and Michael SilverstoneReviewer: Becca  Savory Fuller A woman walks out onto a dark, bare stage.  The theatre is stripped back to the black walls, vast and cavernous behind her.  She finds her place, turns and looks out into the darkened auditorium.  Above her, a suspended cyclorama gradually illuminates the stage.  She watches us, watching her. ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures – Exeter Northcott

Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Bryony Luther On the 30th anniversary of the creation of Matthew Bourne’s company, New Adventures showcases a selection of his early work showing the seeds of his later signature style and humour. The performance begins with Watch With Mother, a piece that has not been seen for 25 years and it’s understandable why ...

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