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Three Sisters – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Words, music and performance by RashDash (after Chekhov) Reviewer: Julia Beasley It’s Chekhov, but not as you know it. Actually, it’s not Chekhov at all. Or perhaps it’s Chekhov torn into bits, mashed up, smeared thinly over a feminist diatribe against patriarchy, and then set to live music and dance. RashDash imagines the original three Russian sisters Olga, Masha and ...

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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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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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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Book by Douglas McGrath Words and music by Gerry Goffin & Carole King, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Choreographer: Josh Prince Reviewer: Julia Beasley Anyone old enough to remember Carole King in 1971 probably has a soft spot for Tapestry, the classic album that confirmed her as one of the best singer-songwriters ever. Intimate and articulate ...

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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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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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