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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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A Passionate Woman – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Kay Mellor Director: Paul Milton Reviewer: Kelyn Luther A Passionate Woman has all the subtlety of a weak, early 90s sitcom, which is unsurprising considering that it was written in 1992 by Kay Mellor, better known for Fat Friends. While this production is not exemplary, it is hard to think of how the play could be saved. On the ...

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Home – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writers: Lucy Garland, Amber Onat Gregory Director: Kate O’Connor Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Frozen Light Theatre specialises in creating theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Disabilities and from its very beginning, Home is a unique and expertly devised theatrical experience. Scarlett (Lucy Garland) and Olive (Amber Onat Gregory), take the time to personally welcome each audience member into their world. ...

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The Far Side Of The Moon – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer and Director: Robert Lepage Reviewer: Marina Spark Renowned playwright and dramatist Robert Lapage brings his world famous production The Far Side Of The Moon to the Lyric stage at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in a stunning revival almost two decades since its conception.Unusually for a piece so heavily set in historical commentary almost every aspect of this production is ...

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The Red Shoes – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne  Reviewer: Emily Pearce Made in 1948, Powell and Pressburger’s cinematic masterpiece – a film about a ballet dancer and the all-consuming nature of love and art is a perfect, bold match for Matthew Bourne’s vision in this stunning production. A young ballerina, Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw) auditions in front of the impressive ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Reviewer: E. Whitcroft  British dance would be different without Richard Alston. From Rambert (he was artistic director from 1986 to 1992) to The Place and London Contemporary Dance School: traces of his influence are everywhere. One of the first British choreographers to experiment with everyday movement and multi-media; he also took dance outside the proscenium arch and from early on ...

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