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Best of BE FESTIVAL – Circomedia, Bristol

Reviewer: Julia Beasley The fabulously floodlit church of St Paul in Portland Square is the perfect venue for this trio of top-drawer alternative theatre performances. Home to renowned circus skills academy Circomedia, it ably hosts the best acts from last year’s BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham’s international festival of performing arts (previously called Birmingham European Festival). First of the three performances is ...

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The Cherry Orchard – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Anton Chekhov Designer: Tom Piper Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Julia Beasley What do you do when you’re broke? This is the question facing Luba, whose family estate (with its vast cherry orchard) is deep in debt and about to be auctioned off to a developer. Unfortunately for the cherry orchard, Luba is a member of the liberal elite fallen ...

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Hairspray – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Music/ Lyrics: Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Since its release in 2003, Hairspray the Musical has toured extensively, both in the UK and in the US. Set in 1962’s Baltimore, racial segregation is rife, but Tracy Turnblad can’t understand why integration is so detested. It’s the sixties after ...

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Macbeth – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Adele Thomas Designer: Anisha Fields Lighting: Matthew Graham Sound: Max Pappenheim Reviewer: Leah Tozer Macbeth at the Tobacco Factory opens as one of Emily Dickinson’s famous works, about a fly interposing indifferently as death falls on its speaker, ends: ‘with Blue – uncertain – stumbling Buzz –’: the lighting is stark cyan, the space dark, and ...

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Reclaimed – Loco Klub, Bristol

Writer: Wassail Theatre Company Director: Jesse Briton Reviewer: Julia Beasley The action takes place in a fictional Somerset village but is based on real-life events – the flooding of the Somerset levels during the winter of 2013-14. Outside, the flood waters are rising at an alarming rate, blocking roads and swamping homes. Inside the village hall, a cast of disparate ...

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The Wedding – Bristol Old Vic

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Creator: Amit Lahav and the company Associate Director: Rich Rusk Original Music: Dave Price Reviewer: Hugh McCann The Wedding begins with a handful of characters being ejected from the end of a tubular slide into an enormous pile of teddy bears. The characters are met by a midwife-like figure who dresses them for marriage and leads them on to join ...

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Punk Rock – Lantern Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Lisa Gregan Reviewer: Julia Beasley A group of sixth formers hangs out in the library of a private school. They’re facing mock A-level exams and feeling under pressure to perform.  Personality cracks soon begin to develop. Ultimately the weakest link will break, with devastating and gory consequences. This dramatic piece by the Bristol Old Vic Young ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Bristol Hippodrome

Book & Lyrics: Don Black & Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Holly Spanner Even though the original Broadway production scooped seven of the 11 nominated Tony Awards, Sunset Boulevard somehow always seems underrated, overshadowed by other musicals. Given the scale and grandeur of this musical, it is fully deserving of attention in its own right. ...

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