MAYFEST: Complicated Grief – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: David Woods & John Haynes Director: David Woods & John Haynes Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva The award-winning duo Ridiculusmus conclude their mental health trilogy with Complicated Grief, a show about the depths of life before it expires. The series starts with The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland and Give Me Your Love, as part of Mayfest 2018. Informed by ...

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MAYFEST: Give Me Your Love – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: David Woods & John Haynes Director: David Woods & John Haynes Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva Give Me Your Love is a dark comedic two-character drama informed by research into MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) assisted therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Drawing from real-life war experiences, the award-winning duo Ridiculusmus, David Woods and Jon Haynes develop a sinister story which serves as ...

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MAYFEST: The Nature of Why – Bristol Old Vic

Director: Caroline Bowditch & Charles Hazlewood Composer: Will Gregory Choreographer: Caroline Bowditch Reviewer: Leah Tozer Imagine two magnets: pushed together one way, opposites attract, but pull them apart and attempt to put the other poles together, and it’s impossible. Why? A theoretical physicist, like the famed Richard Feynman, might find reason in forces and motion, but many of us will fail to ...

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This Is Not A Magic Show (Mayfest) – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Vincent Gambini doing a card trick

Writer and Performer: Vincent Gambini Producer: Sally Rose Reviewer: Chris Oldham   Vincent Gambini is not one of us. He’s pretending to be, but he’s not. With This Is Not A Magic Show – playing across four different venues on four different dates as part of Mayfest – Gambini un­picks the traditional format of illusion­based performance using nothing more than ...

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The Complete Deaths (Mayfest) – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Adapter and Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Claire Hayes   First Mayfest brought us Dead Centre’s riff on Chekhov, now physical comedians Spymonkey introduce their take on Shakespeare – specifically the 75 deaths (counting the black ill-favoured fly in Titus Andronicus) performed onstage in his plays. Directed by Tim Crouch, it’s a unique examination of mortality that – ...

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Chekhov’s First Play (Mayfest) – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director:Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd Reviewer: Claire Hayes   One thing you could take from Dead Centre’s shocking and visceral Lippy at last year’s Mayfest is to expect the unexpected from this Dublin-based theatre company. So, to open this year’s festival, its UK premiere of Chekhov’s First Play promises to be anything but a traditional interpretation of ...

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Salt (Mayfest) – Arnolfini, Bristol

Selina Thompson

Creator: Selina Thompson Directing Support: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Chris Oldham   In February 2016, Selina Thompson decided to trace one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle, beginning with a three-week crossing of the Atlantic ocean on a cargo ship. The result of this journey is Salt, Thompson’s one-woman show playing over four nights at the Arnolfini as part ...

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