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My Name is Rachel Corrie – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie Director: Chelsey Gillard Reviewer: Beth Steer With the permission of the family of Rachel Corrie, a young American activist working for the International Solidarity Movement in Gaza, My Name is Rachel Corrie has been edited from Rachel’s writings. Based on her journals and emails, it tracks her journey from life as an ...

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Happiness Ltd – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Tom Nicholas Director: Jo Newman Reviewer: Kelyn Luther In a world where dating is a swipe left or swipe right, could you make a computer game that tracks and rewards your happiness? As computer game writer Tyler (Liam Salmon) puts it, has his fellow computer game designer Vi (Gabrielle Sheppard) invented a ‘Pokémon Go for clinical depression’? Sheppard endearingly portrays ...

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Deathtrap – The New Theatre, Cardiff

A man with a mace and a woman looking apprehension at a table

Writer: Ira Levin Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Beth Steer Pitted as a ‘satisfying spine-chiller that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat’, Deathtrap in its UK tour is a real showstopper. The play holds the record for the longest-running Broadway thriller in history – and it’s not hard to see why. With a talented cast of five, more twists ...

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Ice Road – Jacob’s Wells Baths, Bristol

Writer: Sharon Clark Director: Kate Hewitt Designer: Conor Murphy  Music: Timothy X Atack  Reviewer: Leah Tozer  It’s late. We’re walking into a snow-covered scene, carrying a rose to ‘pay our respects’. We are greeted by rows of radios that remind us of gravestones that we pick up and put around our necks – and just like that, in walking from one room to another, Raucous’ Ice ...

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The Wedding – The Lighthouse, Poole

Created by: Amit Lahav Associate Director: Rich Rusk Music: Dave Price Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Many things are associated with a wedding: abundant flowers, big white dresses and loud music, but most importantly, a happy couple committing their lives to one another. All this rings true in this unforgettable depiction of a modern ceremony, with the addition of one thing: the ...

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Wait Until Dark – Exeter Northcott

Writer: Frederick Knott                Director:  Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest Three men meet in a darkened flat to search for a doll stuffed with heroin that was given to the unsuspecting photographer who owns the flat with his wife. Two of these are con men, fresh out of jail. The third is a remorseless killer. Roat, the killer who dresses like ...

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Legally Blonde the Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Book: Heather Hach Director and Choreographer: Anthony Williams Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Legally Blonde the Musical opens with members of the Delta Nu sorority, mid-workout on bicycles, as they hear the news that their President, Elle Woods is soon to be engaged to the eligible and extremely dashing, Warner Huntington III. The use of ...

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Tosca – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica (with an English translation by Amanda Holden) Director/Designer: Richard Studer Conductor: Jonathan Lyness Reviewer: Leah Tozer  On its turn of the century debut, Puccini’s opera about death, desire and deception was termed a ‘shabby little shocker’ by the press, but there’s nothing shabby about Opera Project’s co-production with Tobacco Factory Theatres. ...

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