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The Best Thing – The Lighthouse, Poole

Vamos Theatre in The Best Thing

Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Sophie Huggins With a stage full of hair rollers, block colour and crackling records, it is a natural instinct and instant pleasure to be swept along to the world of the swinging sixties in this vibrant production. Full mask theatre company, Vamos Theatre energetically tell a story of youth, sex and consequence in extremely surprising ways. ...

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Measure for Measure – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alistair Ganley Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s 'problem plays’ and any production has certain elements of the story that are hard for a modern Western audience to relate to, including the main dilemma (Isabella's reluctance to betray her vow of chastity to save her brother, who has been condemned to death ...

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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt  – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts  From the director of The National Theatre’s 2016 production of Peter Pan and countless other family theatre favourites Sally Cookson comes We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Adapted from the book of the same name by Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, this is a story that a lot of children are already familiar with and ...

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Etch – The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Devised by: Heather Walrond, Laura Henry, Lucy Freeman and Victoria Malin Original score: Magdalena Walker Director: Claire Summers Reviewer: Karen Bussell South West dance company with a difference, and making a difference, Exim brings a layered reminiscent piece invoking childhood memories and joie de vivre. The four white-clad dancers make their presence felt long before a note is played or ...

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Funny Girl – Bristol Hippodrome

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Director: Michael Mayer Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Reviewer: Chris Oldham Not long after completing its engagement at London's Savoy Theatre, Funny Girl arrives at the Bristol Hippodrome this week. And with Sheridan Smith at the top of bill, expectation couldn't be higher. Fanny Brice (Smith) is a young Jewish girl growing ...

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Escaped Alone – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Caryl Churchill Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Claire Hayes It’s all too easy to dismiss four women of 70 years or more, sitting in a garden on a summer’s afternoon. At this time of life, women are often condemned to a cloak of creeping invisibility - good for a little childcare, but otherwise functionally irrelevant. In a compelling 50 minutes, ...

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(F.E.A.R) – The Riverfront, Newport

Writer: Gareth Clark Director: Agneiszka Blonska Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Fear immediately confronts the audience, spelt out in large red letters and placed in the spotlight. All the while, a man in a crocodile mask sits in the shadows - quietly unsettling. This unusual and ever so slightly uncomfortable greeting as you take your seats is the perfect introduction to things ...

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Letters To Windsor House – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Devisors and Directors: Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit Reviewer: Kris Hallett Bristol has just, this previous Sunday, been named the best city to live in the UK once again, this time in a feature by the Sunday Times and the backlash has already started. Some have opined that there is an agenda in place to send the hip and cultured ...

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