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Me, Bill Nighy & The Goblin – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer and Performer: Nalika de Silva Reviewer: Kris Hallett Some of my personal highlights from 2015 have been the one person show.GroundedandFleabagwere shows that in their own way tackled modern society with humour, vibrancy and poetic eloquence. Both were thrilling examples that small in scale is not necessarily small in ideas. UnfortunatelyMe, Bill Nighy &The Goblin,cracking title aside,features the worst ...

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The Songbook of Judy Garland – New Theatre, Cardiff

Creative Director: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Songs that were made famous by the legendary Judy Garland need no introduction. Brought back to life 46 years after the star’s death by her daughter Lorna Luft, they still enchant, although it has to be said that much of the enchantment of this piece of musical theatre – and I use the ...

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That Is All You Need To Know – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Devised and written by: the Company (with dramaturgy by Lotte Wakeham) Directors: Paul Slater and Kate Stanley Reviewer: Joan Phillips Idle Motion’s That is All You Need to Know has it all. A cracking new story, some great characters, good acting and spectacular multi-media staging. That is All You Need to Know is the story of one of the best ...

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The Ted Bundy Project – Bristol Old Vic Studio

Writer and performer: Greg Wohead Reviewer: Kris Hallett It’s very rare that you feel so uncomfortable in the theatre that you check to see that the path to an exit is clear. It’s rarer still that one feels the bile rise from the back of the throat and you wonder if you’ll get to the toilet in time. The posters ...

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Beyond Cragporth Rock – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Ally Cologna and Haste Theatre Director: Ally Cologna Reviewer: Lucy Corley The Bike Shed stage is absolutely still. The sound of waves and calls of seagulls drift in through the window of the ramshackle cottage kitchen set. Laid over the huge wooden table, the rocking chair, cases and beams, are the bodies of six young women, each bearing the ...

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The Father – Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Florian Zeller Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Laura Hesketh “Who exactly am I?” is the question which haunts Florian Zeller's play The Father. This intense production magnifies the confusions and ambiguities that plague people living with dementia and questions who and what we become when our brain fails us. At some point, everyone has walked into a room searching for ...

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The London Cuckolds – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Edward Ravenscroft Version by: Terry Johnson Director: Kim Durham Reviewer: Chris Oldham Edward Ravenscroft's 17th Century romp bursts back to life courtesy of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, performed by members of its International Acting MA. Beginning in 17th Century London, three Aldermen – Wiseacres (Ahmad Kamal), Doodle (Laurence Varda), and Dashwell (Callum Alexander) are hotly debating what ...

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Dirty Dancing – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Sarah Tipple Reviewer: Marina Spark The stage adaptation of the iconic 1980s movie has mambo'd into Plymouth's Theatre Royal this week in true chick flick style. With lashings of flair, heaps of style and just the right amount of hip thrusting, this show is bound to please fans of the movie. The stage is pretty bare, ...

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