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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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Thumbelina’s Great Big Adventure – The Junction, Cambridge

Writer: Hans Christian Andersen devisers: Valentina Ceschi, Thomas Eccleshare, Rew Lowe, Tom Penn Director: Valentina Ceschi and Thomas Eccleshare Reviewer: Flip Miller The tale of Thumbelina is a tried and tested one and the Dancing Brick company certainly bring it to life and add their own quirky twist on the Hans Christian Andersen classic. The story is of a diminutive ...

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Rumpelstiltskin – Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Mike Kenny. Director: Sarah Brigham Music: Ivan Stott Reviewer: Samuel Shelton [Rating:4] “Drip drop, drip drop” when will Rumplestiltskin’s naughtiness stop, never! This wholesome classic, written by Mike Kenny, resembles opening a leather-bound book of fables and having the pages wiggle and pop to life. Fairies fly with retractable wings, Kings, Queens, mills, drums, stomps and the naughty little ...

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