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Precious Little Talent – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Dominique Chapman Reviewer: Richard Maguire If the directors taking part in the Directors’ Festival at The Orange Tree are the future of theatre, then we can expect some exciting times ahead. In the hands of Dominique Chapman, Precious Little Talent, a fast, fast-talking comedy about transatlantic relations, shines as bright as New York’s Chrysler Building.  On a rooftop in the city that never sleeps, 19-year-old Sam meets, improbably, an ...

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Derren Brown: Miracle – Grand Opera House, York

Writers: Derren Brown, Andy Nyman &Andrew O'Connor Director: Andy Nyman, Andrew O'Connor Set Designer: Simon Higlett Lighting Designer: Tim Mascall Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Derren Brown is here to remind us just why, after 13 years of touring, BAFTA and Olivier awards, record breaking ratings and dozens of TV shows he remains the master of illusion. As ever he requests that ...

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CTW2014: Welcome to Manchester – Contact, Manchester

Featuring: Martin Visceral, Eggs Collective, Inna Voice, Freestyle Fictionary, House of Ghetto Reviewer: Jo Beggs Every couple of years since 2002, Contact has opened its doors to young people’s theatre groups from around the world, offering them the chance to share in a unique festival that must be, for many of them, one of the most memorable experiences of their ...

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A Hundred Shining Hearts – Palace Theatre, Southend

Writer and Directer: Oliver Lamford &Phil Ormrod Musical Director: Ashton Moore Movement Director: Jo Meredith Additional Music: Ashton Moore &Richard Brown Reviewer: Maureen Hylands [rating:4] A zillion warm, loving heartbeats fuelled by the lifeblood of talent, dedication and sheer hard work, make this a very special show - A Centenary celebration for one of the few genuine red plush and ...

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#Search for a Twitter Star – Lyric Theatre, London

Director: Drew Baker Reviewer: Jenni Rymer [Rating:2] #Search for a Twitter Star was born from the mysterious theatre tweeter @westendproducer. Taking inspiration from what he believes are the failings of the traditional talent shows, @westendproducer took it upon himself to initiate a search for the new leading stars of the stage in his own way. Through the medium of social ...

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Sampled Festival: Day 2 – The Junction, Cambridge

Festival Director: Kate Madden Reviewer : Jack Trott   The Sampled Festival of Performance is a mini fringe festival, taking place over a weekend, that is exactly as it says – a sample of works in progress as well as tried and tested performances. With seemingly every performance space, office, side room, foyer and even car park utilised to put ...

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Sampled Festival: Day 1 – The Junction, Cambridge

Reviewer: Flip Miller   This is one of the first festivals of the season and there is not a wellie or any mud in sight. The premise of the festival is to showcase samples - hence Sampled Festival, of artistic works from up and coming artists. The organisation of the festival is timed with unusual precision. The transition from performance ...

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