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The River – Loco Klub, Bristol

Writer: Jez Butterworth. Music: Yuan Hu Director: Matt Holmquist Designer: April Dalton Reviewer: Julia Beasley Dark, cavernous and a bit spooky, the old ash pits of Bristol’s Temple Meads railway station make a hauntingly lovely setting for The River.  No doubt about it, this is one of the city’s most atmospheric theatrical venues.  Wear warm clothing – and be prepared ...

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The Caretaker – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Christopher Haydon Designer: Oliver Townsend Reviewer: Leah Tozer Harold Pinter’s inspiration for his tragicomic play The Caretaker was seeing two men in the same room, acting separately and in isolation, ‘a moment frozen in time’. Director Christopher Haydon and designer Oliver Townsend’s set for Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate, Northampton’s production, on display as the audience ...

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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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Around the World in 80 Days – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Jules Verne (novel) Laura Eason (adaptation) Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Helen Tope The premise is simple: wealthy gentleman Phileas Fogg takes on a wager that will see him attempt to traverse the globe in 80 days. Leaving Victorian London with his loyal valet, Passepartout, they begin an extraordinary journey. It is a story so well known, but much of ...

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Benny Hill – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Play: Owen Thomas Director: Gareth John Bale Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Benny Hill has always been an enigma.  Comedian, writer and make no mistake, astute businessman, his was, like the Biblical Joseph, a coat of many colours. His show was looked forward to by millions all over the world, and went out on Saturday nights, first of all on BBC TV ...

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Hang – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Debbie Tucker Green Director: Izzy Rabey Reviewer: Beth Steer Set in a time close to now, and comprised of characters known only as One, Two and Three, Debbie Tucker Green’s Hang imagines a UK in which the death penalty remains legal. But there’s a twist: the victims get to choose how the perpetrator dies. The brilliantly dark concept is ...

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Missing Pieces (The Front Room) – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer:  Jenny Davis Director:  Anton Phillips Reviewer:  Julia Beasley This is no-frills theatre at its most economical, a play reading without a set and only minimal props.  As director Anton Phillips explains to the audience in his introduction, the props give just a gist of what the play is about, you have to fill in the blanks yourselves.  In fact, ...

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The Wedding Singer – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Director and Choreographer Nick Winston turns back time to 1985 in this musical adaptation of the hit Adam Sandler film, which had a modest run on Broadway in 2006. The nostalgia trip starts as soon as you walk in as classic film ...

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