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Dylan Thomas: Return Journey – Factory Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Bob Kingdom Original Direction: Sir Anthony Hopkins Reviewer: Joan Phillips Bob Kingdom revives this captivating production as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations to mark Dylan Thomas’ birth. Staged to replicate a recital from Thomas’ US tour in the final week before his death, just before the infamous 17th whisky in The White Horse pub, Bob Kingdom is mesmerising ...

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Carmen – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Georges Bizet Directors: Patrice Caurier &Moshe Leiser Revival Director: Caroline Chaney Reviewer: Emily Pearce Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser’s production of Carmen was first premiered in 1997, and has lost none of its verve or passion over 15 years later. With a minimalist staging and pared down colours; the directors have created a fine balance of intimacy and passion ...

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Barnum – Bristol Hippodrome

Book: Mark Bramble Lyrics: Michael Stewart Music: Cy Coleman Director: Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy Reviewer: Naomi Stevens From the second the audience enters the auditorium, entertainment is brought to life with jugglers, magicians and a variety of tumblers all putting on displays around, between and sometimes even on the seats. It is a chance for people to become involved and ...

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Play Strindberg – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Friedrich Dürrenmatt Director: Nancy Meckler Reviewer: Claire Hayes Dance of Death, the play written by August Strindberg in 1900, contains his darkest musings on the institution of marriage. In it, he prises apart the grimly sterile alliance of an army Captain and a former actress who have remained together, marooned on a remote island for the past twenty-five years, ...

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Pete (the Temp) Verses Climate Change – Arnolfini, Bristol

Writer: Pete Bearder Producer: Renaissance One Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman Written and performed by spoken word artist and climate change activist, Pete Bearder, this witty and theatrical poetry performance brings into focus the issue of climate change – the biggest known threat to the longevity of our planet and to the future of those who live upon it. The show is ...

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Downtown Paradise – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Mark Jenkins Director: Michael Kelligan Reviewer: Barbara Michaels “A powerhouse of emotion” is not too strong a description for Downtown Paradise. Running the gauntlet of emotions, and set mainly in a Californian prison cell, this is a steamy and committed drama that pulls out all the stops. Taking place against the backdrop of the USA in the Seventies, playwright ...

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Wendy Hoose – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Johnny McKnight Directors: Robert Softley Gale &Johnny McKnight Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Laura and Jake, strangers who get chatting through an online dating app, decide to hook up for one thing only - sex. Things do not go to plan as it becomes clear that the way people present themselves online is open to interpretation and each of them has ...

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