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The Next Thing – Exeter Phoenix

Artistic Director: Lucy Hirst Reviewer: Georgie Bird Inspired by Yuval Noah Harari’s best-selling book Homo Deus A Brief History of Tomorrow, The Next Thing covers a wide range of issues young people face in a thought-provoking and engaging manner. The Young Pretenders are a talented group of young actors ranging from ages 11 to 17, filling the stage dressed in a ...

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This House – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Jeremy Herrin / Jonathan Boyle Playwright: James Graham Reviewer: Helen Tope It is 1974, and the Labour Party have won the General Election. But a win without a majority means the race is on to nudge Labour over the line and into political safety. Enter the Whips – the handlers of Westminster. It is their job to see MP’s ...

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The Effect – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Lucy Pebble Director: Dan Jones Designer: Carl Davies Sound Designer: Tic Ashfield Reviewer: Emily Pearce The Other Room, Cardiff’s first and only pub theatre, has fast established itself as a fiercely creative venue that is unafraid to take risks. A small theatre at the back of quirky pub, Porter’s, it has won numerous awards and has a strong reputation ...

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Jane Eyre – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Choreographer: Cathy Marston  Reviewer: Barbara Michaels For those of us familiar with one of literature’s most well-known heroines, it is not difficult to comprehend why the rightly praised Northern Ballet Company have transformed Charlotte Brontë’s novel into a ballet. While Brontë may have baulked at some of choreographer Cathy Marston’s more erotic interpretations, it has to be ...

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The Little Mermaid –Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer, Lyrics & Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music: Matt Devereaux Choreographer: Laura Kriefman Reviewer: Francesca Parker After the success of Metta Theatre’s, The Jungle Book, the hype surrounding their latest work was tangible and the performance eagerly anticipated. The Little Mermaid – Circus Spectacular had finally arrived at a relatively full house at Exeter Northcott as part of their UK tour. ...

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Education Education Education – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Created and devised by The Wardrobe Ensemble Directors: Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton Reviewer: Joan Phillips Set the day after Tony Blair’s New Labour landslide victory in May 1997, Education Education Education takes a very funny, but hard, look at life inside a typical UK secondary school 20 years ago. German language assistant Tobias, is excited to be working in ...

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A View from the Bridge – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Mike Tweddle Reviewer: Claire Hayes Arthur Miller’s landmark depiction of the 1950s docklands of Brooklyn’s Red Hook – ‘the gullet of New York swallowing the tonnage of the world’ – is authentically recreated in Mike Tweddle’s first production for the Tobacco Factory. The stage is filled with pallets, pulleys and winches echoing in an ominously clanking ...

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Jersey Boys – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Des McAnuff Book: Marshall Brickman / Rick Elice Music / Lyrics: Bob Gaudio / Bob Crewe Reviewer: Helen Tope If you had to place a bet on how Jersey Boys begins, I would imagine a French rap would not figure at the top of your list. A startling opening for a jukebox musical, Jersey Boys declares its point of ...

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