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Titanic The Musical – Alhambra, Bradford

Book: Peter Stone Music and Lyrics: Maury Yeston Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: Richard Miller A bare-bones set, an eerie sea-mist and the clever use of chilly moon-blue lighting, conveys a sense of true horror in Titanic The Musical. That the audience already knows the outcome, adds to the feeling of gloomy, but gripping, foreboding. Despite the ominous undertone of tragic ...

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Women Like You – Phoenix, Exeter

Writer: Lucy Hirst and Katherine Stevens Director: Lucy Hirst and Katherine Stevens Reviewer: Georgie Bird This enjoyable and engaging feminist two piece begins with the minimal staging of a bedsit. The walls are constructed out of bin liners and vines cover everything creating a feeling of abandonment, echoing the environment of a prison or someone that lives a very reclusive ...

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Amadeus Orchestra – Exeter Cathedral

Composers: John Adams, Igor Stravinsky, Hector Berlioz Conductor: Philip Mackenzie Reviewer: Marina Spark It is a balmy summer evening on which the Amadeus Orchestra arrive at the historic Exeter Cathedral. In conjunction with Exeter Northcott Theatre, this summer concert brings three great orchestral pieces into the heart of Devon and one of the county’s iconic landmarks. The Amadeus Orchestra’s youthful ...

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In the Light Everything is Brighter – 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol

Devised by Wilderbeast Director: Patrick Bate & Thomas Davies  Musical Director: Dominic Beddard Coll & Nell O’Hara Design: Chris Owen & Lydia Robertshaw Lighting: Oscar Adams Reviewer: Leah Tozer Something is lurking in the dark: your deepest fear, your demons, your darkest moments… what frightens you the most? Is it monsters? Or is it the monotony of your early twenties? Wilderbeast’s monstrously entertaining and wildly imaginative In ...

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South Western – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Devised by The Wardrobe Ensemble Director: Tom Brennan Music composed and performed by Tom Crosley-Thorne Designer: Anna Orton Lighting: Matthew Graham  Reviewer: Leah Tozer Welcome to the Wild Wild South West: from gunslinging to cider, saloons to cancelled services, lone wanderers to line-dancing, giddy-up as the Wardrobe Ensemble drag us through a Western revenge voyage from Bristol through the best of the West. With all their ...

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Flours – Chapter, Cardiff

Writers: Alice Downing and Kitty Hughes Director: Duncan Hallis Reviewer: Luke Seidel-Haas Hired by a temping agency, Twenty-somethings Billie (Alice Downing) and Dani (Kitty Hughes) are tasked with running a bakery. There’s just one problem – they don’t know the first thing about baking. Left alone with boxes full of ingredients and a table covered in utensils, the duo initially ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Bristol Hippodrome

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Mischief Theatre Company’s winner of the Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards and the Whatsonstage Awards, The Play That Goes Wrong is on Broadway, in its fourth year in the West End and touring the UK. It seems its popularity knows no bounds as it’s award ...

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Tango Moderno – New Theatre, Cardiff

Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone Director: Karen Bruce Choreography: Karen Bruce with Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Sultry and sexy, exotic as a hot summer evening in Buenos Aires – Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone bring the exciting beat of the Argentine Tango to the stage of Cardiff’s New Theatre this week in Tango Moderno.  Ever since ...

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