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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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MAYFEST: The Nature of Why – Bristol Old Vic

Director: Caroline Bowditch & Charles Hazlewood Composer: Will Gregory Choreographer: Caroline Bowditch Reviewer: Leah Tozer Imagine two magnets: pushed together one way, opposites attract, but pull them apart and attempt to put the other poles together, and it’s impossible. Why? A theoretical physicist, like the famed Richard Feynman, might find reason in forces and motion, but many of us will fail to ...

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This Is Not A Magic Show (Mayfest) – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Vincent Gambini doing a card trick

Writer and Performer: Vincent Gambini Producer: Sally Rose Reviewer: Chris Oldham   Vincent Gambini is not one of us. He's pretending to be, but he's not. With This Is Not A Magic Show – playing across four different venues on four different dates as part of Mayfest – Gambini un­picks the traditional format of illusion­based performance using nothing more than ...

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The Complete Deaths (Mayfest) – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Adapter and Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Claire Hayes   First Mayfest brought us Dead Centre’s riff on Chekhov, now physical comedians Spymonkey introduce their take on Shakespeare – specifically the 75 deaths (counting the black ill-favoured fly in Titus Andronicus) performed onstage in his plays. Directed by Tim Crouch, it’s a unique examination of mortality that – ...

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Chekhov’s First Play (Mayfest) – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director:Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd Reviewer: Claire Hayes   One thing you could take from Dead Centre’s shocking and visceral Lippy at last year’s Mayfest is to expect the unexpected from this Dublin-based theatre company. So, to open this year’s festival, its UK premiere of Chekhov’s First Play promises to be anything but a traditional interpretation of ...

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Salt (Mayfest) – Arnolfini, Bristol

Selina Thompson

Creator: Selina Thompson Directing Support: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Chris Oldham   In February 2016, Selina Thompson decided to trace one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle, beginning with a three-week crossing of the Atlantic ocean on a cargo ship. The result of this journey is Salt, Thompson's one-woman show playing over four nights at the Arnolfini as part ...

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Rites – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Adaptors: Cora Bissett and Yusra Warsama Director: Cora Bissett Reviewer: Kris Hallett Female genital mutilation (FGM) is reported to affect 130 million women across the world. In National Theatre of Scotland’sRites, playing at the Tobacco Factory as part of Bristol’s Mayfest, adaptor/director Cora Bissett has fashioned a ninety minute verbatim piece which sensitively guides us through a multitude of perspectives ...

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NEWS: Pulse Festival launches 2015 line-up

Now in its 15th year, Ipswich Pulse Festival has been the Madonna of the festival circuit, constantly reinventing itself to keep pace with changing fashions. A test bed for local companies, a rehearsal room for Edinburgh, a showcase of past Edinburgh shows and even a mini Edinburgh Fringe Festival itself, Pulse has tried them all. Over the past couple of ...

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