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War Horse – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Nick Stafford (from Michael Morpurgo’s novel) Director: Marianna Elliott & Tom Morris Designer: Rae Smith Puppet Design and Direction: Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler Choreographer: Toby Sedgwick  Music: Adrian Sutton Reviewer: Leah Tozer  War Horse may be a show about horses, but it has the most heart, the most heroism, and the most humanity of any show you’ll ever see. The tale of Joey the horse and ...

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The Flatiron Hex – HERE Arts Center, New York

(The Flatiron Hex) (HERE Arts Center, NYC) © 2015 Richard Termine

Writers: Tom Burnett & James Godwin Director: Tom Burnett Reviewer: Jamie Rosler In a post-climate change New York, or more appropriately, a parallel and dark comic city called NYORG [pronounced NYE-org], contract shaman Wylie Walker (played live as well as in puppet form by James Godwin), is tasked with managing the city’s anti-storm security system through a combination of technology and ...

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Venus and Adonis – Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

A puppet Venus tempts a puppet Adonis with puppeteers faintly visible behind

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer:  John Kennedy You are the apotheosis of male perfection – Adonis (the clue’s in the name). The Goddess of Love, Venus (ditto) is desperate to get you in the sack and at your sacs in a leafy glade down among the blue-veined violets – best not to dwell on that image. But, Lydian ...

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The Artificial Jungle – Theatre Row, New York

Writer: Charles Ludlam Director:  Everett Quinton Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Theatre Breaking Through Barriers celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company with a revival of Charles Ludlam’s The Artificial Jungle. A campy take on film noir and Therese Raquin (Émile Zola’s first popular novel), this play is a specific style that can be jarring if one walks in not ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Greatest Liar in all the World – The Warren Main House

The Greatest Liar in all the World

Reviewer: Simon Topping Bursting onto the stage, a two-bit mentalist act and band of assistants try and raise enthusiasm in the crowd. It is not forthcoming. Feeling the need to end it all, the world-weary impresario attempts the “two-inch bullet catch”. But, just as he is about to pull the trigger, is persuaded by his companions to tell the story ...

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The Marked –  Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Two men and a wooden crate

Deviser: Theatre Témoin Director: Ailin Conant Reviewer : Joan Phillips Jack is haunted by demons from his childhood. Now a young adult, his nightmares have followed him into the decrepit parts of our towns where he makes a home for himself with other struggling homeless. The Marked is set in the parts of towns most of us never need or ...

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Running Wild -The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Michael Morpugo Adaptor: Samuel Adamson Director: Timothy Sheader and Dale Rooks Reviewer: Andrea Allen For most people, a trip to Indonesia would be the holiday of a lifetime, but for Lilly it’s so much more, it’s the chance to start a clean slate, to discover the place her Mum used to call home and to meet so many more ...

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