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Up Down Man – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Brendan Murray Music: Kieran Buckeridge Artistic Director: Heather Williams Choreographer: Bryn Thomas Reviewer: Julia Beasley Like one in every 1,000 people, Matty Butler has Down’s Syndrome. He may look cute but he’s not a child, at 29 he’ll tell you himself that he’s a "big man".  As his sister explains, he’s 30 in all respects, he’s just not your ...

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Rita, Sue and Bob Too – CAST, Doncaster

one man two young women in makeshift car in 80s clothes

Writer: Andrea Dunbar Director: Kate Wasserberg Designer: Tim Shortall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Andrea Dunbar’s 1982 play, later enlarged into a film, is the stuff of legends. Still a teenager, Dunbar had already had an earlier play, The Arbor, staged at the Royal Court. Both took a disconcertingly frank look at life on Bradford’s Buttershaw Estate where Dunbar grew up and ...

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Death and the Maiden – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Ariel Dorfman Director: Abdul Shayek Designer: Amy Jane Cook Reviewer: Emily Pearce Director Abdul Shayek’s  realisation of Ariel Dorfman’s Oliver award-winning play takes an already dark and rich subject matter to a new level in this brutal and intense revival. Death And The Maiden focuses on the story of Paulina Salas, a torture victim of a brutal military dictatorship. Although ...

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The Life and Soul – Live Arts Cafe, Barnsley

Writer: Chris O’Connor Director: Rod Dixon Poet: Matt Abbott Reviewer: Ron Simpson The evening’s programme at the Live Arts Cafe in Barnsley was an excellent example of a range of performance and social initiatives coming together to reach out into the community. The Live Arts Cafe itself is an informal monthly meeting at the Digital Media Centre organised by Creative ...

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The Secret Keeper – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer:  Angela Clerkin Directors: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J Skillbeck Reviewer: Joan Phillips The Secret Keeper is marketed is a political fairy tale for adults with a gothic heart, which all sounds very promising. But this is the first misleading disappointment in this bizarre play. The ‘secret keeper’ in this story is the daughter of the village doll’s house maker. She ...

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Nightmares in Norfolk – All Saints Church, Kirkby Overblow

Writer: Charles Dickens/M.R. James Adapter: Simon Corble/Nobby Dimon Director: Vivienne Garnett Reviewer: Ron Simpson What North Country Theatre does is good old-fashioned barnstorming, not there are any actual barns on their astonishing tour of nearly 50 venues, only one of them for more than one performance. Most are village halls, there are a few theatres and arts centres and a ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographer: David Bintley Music: Carl Davis Reviewer: Helen Tope Aladdin, with its magic Genie and flying carpet, may not seem the most obvious choice for a ballet. But in a brand new production, Birmingham Royal Ballet makes a compelling case as to why we should take this pantomime favourite much more seriously. The challenge Birmingham Royal Ballet has is in the reshaping of ...

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Nothing like the Sun – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Performers: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nothing like the Sun was commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company some ten years ago. Now the Gavin Bryars Ensemble has brought his song-cycle based on Shakespeare’s sonnets to the Howard Assembly Room. As it runs to about 50 minutes, it is usually supplemented by other works. In its ...

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