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Casting The Runes – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Montague Rhodes James Performer: Robert Lloyd Parry Reviewer: Claire Hayes Robert Lloyd Parry tingles the spine in a one-man retelling of two chilling tales from the pen of ghost story writer extraordinaire M R James. Seated in a wing-backed chair with a single candle lighting the darkness and a whisky decanter beside him on a table scattered with papers, ...

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Stalin’s Daughter – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer: David Lane Director: Ed Viney Reviewer: Lucy Corley Miss Phyllis Richards (retired spinster), settled in Clifton on the advice of a holistic therapist after years of overseas aid work. She volunteers at Oxfam twice a week, has takeaways on Thursdays and is a regular visitor to the local library. Miss Phyllis Richards was once Svetlana Alliluyeva, Stalin’s daughter. David ...

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Infectious – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer &Director: Meghan Leslie Reviewer: Chris Oldham Meghan Leslie's darkly comic tale of love and desire versus medication finds the population of Tollhouse being presided over by the formidable Mrs A (Slavka Liskova), a slightly unhinged bureaucrat with an unparalleled love of sperm whales. The year is 2049, and the people are under strict control by a government intent on ...

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Mermaid – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer &Director: Polly Teale Choreographer: Liz Ranken Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Take the magic of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale and inject it with the angst of teenagers growing up in today’s world. Lest this is too much to take on board, sprinkle it with stardust in the shape of a set designed by no less a luminary than Tom Piper, ...

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Dear Lupin – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writers: Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer Adaptor: Michael Simkins Director: Philip Franks Reviewer: Claire Hayes Over the course of twenty -five years, Sunday Times horse-racing correspondent Roger Mortimer wrote regularly to his wayward son Charlie, often in exasperation, but always with humour and affection. The collection of his letters, Dear Lupin - already a publishing sensation - has now been ...

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Return to the Forbidden Planet – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Bob Carlton Music: Greg Last, Julian Littman Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Beth Steer “Two beeps or not two beeps, that is the question”, apparently. At least, that’s what the Olivier Award winning production, Return to the Forbidden Planet – currently in the midst of its 25th anniversary tour - would have you believe. Written by playwright Bob Carlton and ...

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The Light Burns Blue – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Silva Semerciyan Director: Lisa Gregan Reviewer: Kris Hallett In an era where women still struggle to get a voice at the very top echelons of the industry, it is refreshing to see a company taking the problem by the scruff of the neck and trying to effect change.The Light Burns Blueis one of the first plays commissioned by Tonic ...

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Frogs – Arnos Vale cemetary, Bristol

Writer: Charles Scherer – from Aristophanes' The Frogs Director: Abbi Davey Reviewer: Chris Oldham There's a distinctly improvised feel to the beginning of Frogs, Charles Scherer's adaptation of Aristophanes' ancient Greek comedy, played out by the all-female Hecate Theatre Company for one night only at Arnos Vale cemetary. The creatures of the title crawl and hop their way onto a ...

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