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WNO: The Magic Flute – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Dominic Cooke Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Emily Pearce Dominic Cooke’s staging for Welsh National Opera of Mozart’s final operais now ten years old; this latest revival is part of the themed season A Terrible Innocence, of which new productions of Richard Ayres’ Peter Pan and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande are also featured. On the whole, ...

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Faustus – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writers: Christopher Marlowe/Johann Wolfgang von Goethe/Czech Puppet Company/Vaclav Havel Director: Kevin Johnson Reviewer: Lucy Corley “Tis magic, magic that hath ravished me,” says Doctor Faustus in Christopher Marlowe’s 1604 play, and I challenge anyone not to be beguiled by the black magic of this young company’s adaptation. The Actor’s Wheel is a touring theatre training company linked to the University ...

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The Boy on the Swing – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Joe Harbot Director: Laura Jasper Reviewer: Kris Hallett A man picks up a business card off the floor, dials it and thus begins a dizzying and disorienting journey which will lead to an eventual tête-à-tête with God (or is it?). Coming across as a mixture of Kafka’sThe Trialand 21st century Ionesco mixed with Douglas Adams,Joe Harbot’sThe Boy on the ...

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Living Quiz – Theatre Shop, Clevedon

Writers and Performers: Stu Mcloughlin, Howard Coggins and Craig Edwards Compere: Niall Johnson Reviewer: Joan Phillips No longer hemmed in by squeezing historical “facts” into their material, Living Spit have free rein to indulge their comedy and musical talents in their very own live version of a pub quiz, Living Quiz. There has been a buzzing atmosphere in Clevedon this ...

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Rites – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Adaptors: Cora Bissett and Yusra Warsama Director: Cora Bissett Reviewer: Kris Hallett Female genital mutilation (FGM) is reported to affect 130 million women across the world. In National Theatre of Scotland’sRites, playing at the Tobacco Factory as part of Bristol’s Mayfest, adaptor/director Cora Bissett has fashioned a ninety minute verbatim piece which sensitively guides us through a multitude of perspectives ...

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The Car Man – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Terry Davies and Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite (after Bizet’s Carmen) Choreographer and Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Claire Hayes We expect a lot from Matthew Bourne these days. We already know he can take a familiar, much loved classic – from Sleeping Beauty to Swan Lake – and wittily invert it, challenging the genre and rediscovering relevance for a contemporary ...

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64 Squares –The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Stefan Zweig Adaptor and Director: Christopher Harrisson Reviewer: Christy Ku “When he sleeps, he dreams in black and white.” In 1939, B finds himself on board a luxury cruise liner, playing against one of the world’s greatest chess champions during a storm. However, B is not one person – but four, and they’re all trying to remember how he ...

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Pioneer – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Jack Lowe Reviewer: Joseph Leigh Plymouth’s Drum Theatre has a well-deserved reputation for seeking out and promoting pioneering new theatre that pushes the boundaries of creative performance. Pioneerexceeds these limits and reaches into what it means to go beyond the realms of human knowledge and experience. Without sacrificing the narrative or character development of their original production, Curious Directive ...

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