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A Brave Face – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer & Director: Rachael Savage Choreographer: Rachael Alexander Composer: Janie Armour Designer: Carl Davies  Reviewer: Leah Tozer‘His hardest battle is the one back home’: far from the battlefield, free from bullets and bombs, and back with family and friends, the fight is over – or is it? Vamos Theatre’s A Brave Face faces the fear and effects other than physical felt by veterans in the aftermath of ...

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Miss Saigon – Bristol Hippodrome

Book & Lyrics: Alain Boublil Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Hot on the heels of composers Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s smash hit musical, Les Misérables, just four years previous, Miss Saigon was first performed on 1989 and tells the story of a doomed romance between a then 17-year-old Vietnamese woman and an American G.I. It is ...

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MAYFEST: Complicated Grief – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: David Woods & John Haynes Director: David Woods & John Haynes Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva The award-winning duo Ridiculusmus conclude their mental health trilogy with Complicated Grief, a show about the depths of life before it expires. The series starts with The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland and Give Me Your Love, as part of Mayfest 2018. Informed by ...

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MAYFEST: Give Me Your Love – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: David Woods & John Haynes Director: David Woods & John Haynes Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva Give Me Your Love is a dark comedic two-character drama informed by research into MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) assisted therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Drawing from real-life war experiences, the award-winning duo Ridiculusmus, David Woods and Jon Haynes develop a sinister story which serves as ...

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MAYFEST: Velvet Petal – Trinity Fyfe Hall, Bristol

Choreographer: Fleur Darkin Musical Arrangement: Torben Lars Sylvest Reviewer: Leah TozerFleur Darkin’s Velvet Petal for Scottish Dance Theatre is an androgynous, drug-fuelled-feeling orgy of dance and adolescence. Performed at the intimate Trinity Fyfe Hall as part of Mayfest, it’s a theatrical thrill of electronica, witty choreography, and fine performances that loses its way a little in its own chaos. Influenced by the provocative photography of Robert ...

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A View from the Bridge – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Mike Tweddle Reviewer: Claire Hayes Arthur Miller’s landmark depiction of the 1950s docklands of Brooklyn’s Red Hook – ‘the gullet of New York swallowing the tonnage of the world’ – is authentically recreated in Mike Tweddle’s first production for the Tobacco Factory. The stage is filled with pallets, pulleys and winches echoing in an ominously clanking ...

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The Band – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Tim Firth Music: Take That Lyrics: Take That/David Pugh Director: Kim Gavin & Jack Ryder Reviewer: Francesca Parker Could it be magic? Well, judging by the audience’s reactions, the standing ovation, and the fact that it has become the fastest selling UK musical tour, it absolutely is! In association with Tim Firth and David Pugh, Take That have created ...

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La Forza del Destino – Bristol Hippodrome

Director: David Pountney Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Set designer: Raymond Bauer Reviewer: Julia Beasley The force of destiny is not in Leonora’s favour. Against her father’s wishes, she plans to elope with a freedom fighter. It all goes wrong when he accidentally kills her dad. Her brother vows to avenge his father’s death. Leonora runs away and becomes a hermit. The ...

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