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Mydidae – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Jack Thorne Director: Simon Reeves Reviewer: Beth Steer Following Marian and David, a couple in their thirties, as they spend an inordinate amount of time in their bathroom over the course of a single day, Jack Thorne’s Mydidae has the potential to awkwardly, and massively, miss the mark. But, the excellent writing, brilliant direction, clever set, and flawless acting come together ...

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The Effect – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Lucy Pebble Director: Dan Jones Designer: Carl Davies Sound Designer: Tic Ashfield Reviewer: Emily Pearce The Other Room, Cardiff’s first and only pub theatre, has fast established itself as a fiercely creative venue that is unafraid to take risks. A small theatre at the back of quirky pub, Porter’s, it has won numerous awards and has a strong reputation ...

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Jane Eyre – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Choreographer: Cathy Marston  Reviewer: Barbara Michaels For those of us familiar with one of literature’s most well-known heroines, it is not difficult to comprehend why the rightly praised Northern Ballet Company have transformed Charlotte Brontë’s novel into a ballet. While Brontë may have baulked at some of choreographer Cathy Marston’s more erotic interpretations, it has to be ...

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Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre – New Theatre, Cardiff

Choreographer: Cathy Marston Composer: Philip Feeney Designer: Patrick Kinmouth Lighting Designer: Alastair West Reviewer: Leah Tozer Balancing Brontë and ballet is brave: poised between prose and pas, pathetic fallacy and precise footwork, narrative voice and choreographic action, Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre is a bildungsroman of a ballet that’s as brave, and beautiful, as Brontë’s novel. Following the ‘poor, obscure, plain ...

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Tremor – The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Written by: Brad Birch Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Beth Steer The latest play by Brad Birch, a recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission, Tremor has the potential to promise an evening of tense, nail-biting theatre. The short, one-act play charts the reunion of two individuals, Sophie (Lisa Diveney) and Tom (Paul Rattray), as they come together again, four years after ...

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Richard III Redux OR Sara Beer (is/not) Richard III – Chapter, Cardiff

Director: Phillip Zarrilli Playwright: Kate O’Reilly Reviewer: Emily Pearce Sara Beer’s personality and incredulity at an unknowingly ignorant society shines through in this warm, but unpolished one-woman show. Shakespeare’s Richard III that was so famously portrayed by Oliver, McKellen and many others, gets a different kind of treatment by the articulate Sara Beer. Part biographical work, part analysis of a seemingly ...

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A Number – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Caryl Churchill Director: Ed Madden Designer: Carl Davies  Lighting: Joe Fletcher Sound Design/Composer: Tic Ashfield  Reviewer: Leah Tozer Caryl Churchill’s play about cloning is more pertinent, more perceptive, and more powerful than ever, and it has little to do with the technical practicalities of cloning now, almost twenty years after its premiere. Actually, A Number never had much to do with cloning at all, but connection: of ...

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Miss Saigon – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Book & lyrics: Alain Boublil Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Additional Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jnr. & Michael Mahler Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Beth Steer Pitted as the ‘epic love story of our time’, Miss Saigon is an absolute smash hit. In Cameron Mackintosh’s new version of the Schonberg and Boublil classic, the dark history of America’s involvement in the Vietnam war is ...

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