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The Magic Flute – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Librettist: Glyn Maxwell Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: James Garrington Opera Up Close may have moved on from their roots performing in tiny pub theatres, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve distanced themselves from their audience. They pride themselves on producing accessible new versions of classic opera, and The Magic Flute is certainly no exception. Forget any ideas you ...

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The Magic Flute – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Glyn Maxwell Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestrator: Alex Beetschen Director: Valentina Ceschi Musical Director: David Keefe Designer: Emma Bailey Reviewer: Ron Simpson Posters and programme for OperaUpClose’s production rightly bill this as Mozart’s The Magic Flute in spite of the many reductions and changes. A performance that lasts only 1 hour 40 minutes of stage time and uses only ...

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Heather – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Joan Phillips It isn’t long before the turning point in Thomas Eccleshare’s short play hits you like an electric shock. In only 50 minutes Heather has us sitting on the edge of our seats as Eccleshare’s play points out the fragility of the assumptions any of us might make about the people we come across ...

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Heather – Summerhall, Edinburgh

man in blue shirt woman in grey jumper

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Chloe St George It's been a while since Shakespeare asked us to ponder "what's in a name?" but these and other questions take new shape in Heather. In it, a children's author experiences overnight success, while harbouring an entirely other story as a secret. And like a children's book, Thomas Eccleshare's script is ...

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Ulla’s Odyssey – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Edward Hughes, Flora McIntosh, Sarah Minns & Pamela Hay in Ulla's Odyssey

Composer: Anthony Young Libretto: Leanna Brodie Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Selwyn Knight OperaUpClose was founded in 2009 with the stated aim of making intimate and innovative opera. They have expanded to include an education and participation programme, of which Ulla’s Odyssey, aiming to introduce children as young as seven to opera, is a part. Loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey, Ulla’s Odyssey follows 14-year-old ...

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Bitches – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Bola Agbaje Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Alex Ramon Founded in 1956, as the first youth theatre in the world, and having boasted the likes of Helen Mirren, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Daniel Day-Lewis among its members, the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain remains a vital and vibrant force: a great place for aspiring actors and practitioners to get their ...

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I’m Not Here Right Now – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Steve Marmion Reviewer: John Roberts Soho Theatre and Dancing Brick have joined forces to bring together this neatly packaged piece of storytelling, which plays in the wonderfully intimate surroundings of the Paines Plough Roundabout theatre. A scientist discovers something quite extraordinary at the top of a mountain during a blizzard… but who will believe what she ...

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Helen – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer : Joan Phillips Imagine a series of children’s books that really catches the public imagination. The books are all about teenage wizards and witches, flashing their magic pens at each other and the ultimate battle between the heroine and her nemesis. Add this to a reclusive and publicity-shy author. Sound familiar? But let ...

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