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Ice Road – Jacob’s Wells Baths, Bristol

Writer: Sharon Clark Director: Kate Hewitt Designer: Conor Murphy  Music: Timothy X Atack  Reviewer: Leah Tozer  It’s late. We’re walking into a snow-covered scene, carrying a rose to ‘pay our respects’. We are greeted by rows of radios that remind us of gravestones that we pick up and put around our necks – and just like that, in walking from one room to another, Raucous’ Ice ...

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The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Javier Marzan (Rodolphe) and Emma Fielding (Madame Bovary) in The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

Writers: Gustave Flaubert Adaptor:John Nicholson and Javier Marzan Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: David Jobson In the second Act of this new adaptation of The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary, Emma Fielding, out of character, expresses her belief that the play should show the six weeks of silence that the deeply depressed Madame Bovary experiences. Javier Marzan, one of the creators, ...

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The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Javier Marzan (Rodolphe) and Emma Fielding (Madame Bovary) in The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

Writer: Gustave Flaubert Adaptor: John Nicholson and Javier Marzan Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: John Roberts   The zany yet dynamic duo John Nicholson and Javier Marzan, who make up the irreverent comic theatre company Peepolykus, are famed for taking serious literature, metaphorically ripping up the pages, injecting them with a sense of the ridiculousness and making audiences cry with laughter ...

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The Stick House – Lo-Co Klub, Bristol

Writer: Sharon Clark Director: Anna Ledwich Reviewer: Joan Phillips   Bristol welcomes a new, innovative theatre space,The Lo-Co Klub. Situated in the arches under Bristol Temple Meads station, the dark, damp, brick-lined, earthy chambers provide the ideal setting for this gothic horror yarn. With a nod to Angela Carter’s Bloody Chamber and a few glances toother fairy tale classics,writer Sharon ...

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Educating Rita – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin Educating Rita is an iconic play that needs very little introduction. From stage to screen and back again, it’s a timeless story of wanting more from life than just settling for the hand we’ve been dealt. For the unfamiliar, it is a comedic masterpiece that effortlessly elicits a torrent of emotions ...

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Juno and the Paycock – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Sean O’Casey Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Abbie Rippon When writing about the tenement housing conditions in Dublin in 1914, John Cook stated that ‘... men, women and children can never rise to the best that is in them under such conditions’. O’Casey’s beautifully crafted dialogue and Gemma Bodinetz’s thoughtful and poignant direction encapsulates this statement. The Liverpool Playhouse production ...

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Opera North: La clemenza di Tito – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: John Fulljames Conductor: Douglas Boyd Reviewer: Laura Maley [Rating:3] Opera North’s production of Mozart’s last opera, La clemenza di Tito, is the first in its 35-year history. The Lowry plays host to a hyper modern staging of the opera, with a talented cast who do their best with one of Mozart’s lesser known and lesser ...

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Rambert Dance Company: Labyrinth of Love – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Mark Baldwin Music Director: Paul Hoskins Choreography: Marguerite Donlan, Paul Taylor and Itzik Galili Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [Rating:4] Rambert Dance Company mark the 10th anniversary season of Artistic Director Mark Baldwin with another ambitious and varied programme including (tonight) a World Premiere, no less. With an 86-year history that leads directly back to the Ballet Russes, the Rambert ...

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