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Cathy – BikeShed Theatre, Exeter

Cathy and Danielle

Written: Ali Taylor  Directed: Adrian Jackson Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts  This year sees 25 years of Cardboard Theatre creating thought-provoking performances with and for homeless people. Touring theatres, hostels, day centres and prisons their latest offering, Cathy, is a hard-hitting look at just how easy it is to fall between the cracks. Inspired by Ken Loach’s award-winning film Cathy Come Home, Cathy tells the story of one ...

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The Lock In: Christmas Carol, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter 

Devisor & Producer: Damien Barber Choreographer: Bobak Walker Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts    The Lock In: Christmas Carol is a Christmas show with a difference. All singing, all dancing, this show comes at you from every angle. Devised and produced by Damien Barber of the folk group The Demon Barbers, the show has folk at its heart. The incredible live score runs throughout and is as ...

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Sand in the Sandwiches – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Hugh Whitemore, with extracts from John Betjamen’s poetry Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: David Jobson John Betjeman is considered a treasured poet of the last century. His nostalgia for the past is loved by many of the older generation who can identify with his era.  Now this production, headlined with Edward Fox as the poet himself, has set out to ...

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Rocky Horror Show – New Theatre, Cardiff

Liam Tamne as Franknfurter. Image by Sean Webb

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Chris Williams "Back by popular demand" it says on the posters, Rocky Horror Show returns to Cardiff's New Theatre just months after stopping there in February this year, and if the rainy Monday audience is anything to go by “popular demand” is an understatement. Going strong for over 40 years and showing no signs ...

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The Woman in Black  – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest A black stage. A single candle, trembling in an actor's hand. Screams echoed through the theatre and not all of them came from the stage. If the cold shiver down the spine isn't a tip-off, The Woman In Black has arrived in town. Our setting ...

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Josh Howie’s Messed Up – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter 

Writer & Performer: Josh Howie  Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts  Josh Howie wants to find what presses our buttons. He revels in it, and why not? It is endlessly fascinating what some people find 'too far' in the realms of comedy and where we all differ drawing the line.   Throughout this hour-long show, we are treated to a tongue in cheek insight into Howie's life. The married father of four tells us ...

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Sleeping Beauty – The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Writer: Rufus Norris Director: Bill Buckhurst Reviewer: Mary Scriven What better time for a bit of theatre magic than the Christmas season and they’re making an early and very impressive start at The Watermill Theatre in Bagnor with their production of Sleeping Beauty.   Christmas is always special at The Watermill, and they’ve brought the big guns in for this one ...

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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Sam Steiner Director: Ed Madden Reviewer: Claire Hayes Imagine being limited to speaking just 140 words a day; that’s exactly what happens to Bernadette and Oliver in this accomplished production from the University of Warwick’s recently-formed Walrus Theatre company. Words - tumbling and jostling with all the force of a white-knuckle ride - are the essence of this bare ...

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