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Amadeus Orchestra – Exeter Cathedral

Composers: John Adams, Igor Stravinsky, Hector Berlioz Conductor: Philip Mackenzie Reviewer: Marina Spark It is a balmy summer evening on which the Amadeus Orchestra arrive at the historic Exeter Cathedral. In conjunction with Exeter Northcott Theatre, this summer concert brings three great orchestral pieces into the heart of Devon and one of the county’s iconic landmarks. The Amadeus Orchestra’s youthful ...

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In the Light Everything is Brighter – 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol

Devised by Wilderbeast Director: Patrick Bate & Thomas Davies  Musical Director: Dominic Beddard Coll & Nell O’Hara Design: Chris Owen & Lydia Robertshaw Lighting: Oscar Adams Reviewer: Leah Tozer Something is lurking in the dark: your deepest fear, your demons, your darkest moments… what frightens you the most? Is it monsters? Or is it the monotony of your early twenties? Wilderbeast’s monstrously entertaining and wildly imaginative In ...

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South Western – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Devised by The Wardrobe Ensemble Director: Tom Brennan Music composed and performed by Tom Crosley-Thorne Designer: Anna Orton Lighting: Matthew Graham  Reviewer: Leah Tozer Welcome to the Wild Wild South West: from gunslinging to cider, saloons to cancelled services, lone wanderers to line-dancing, giddy-up as the Wardrobe Ensemble drag us through a Western revenge voyage from Bristol through the best of the West. With all their ...

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Flours – Chapter, Cardiff

Writers: Alice Downing and Kitty Hughes Director: Duncan Hallis Reviewer: Luke Seidel-Haas Hired by a temping agency, Twenty-somethings Billie (Alice Downing) and Dani (Kitty Hughes) are tasked with running a bakery. There's just one problem - they don't know the first thing about baking. Left alone with boxes full of ingredients and a table covered in utensils, the duo initially ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Bristol Hippodrome

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Mischief Theatre Company’s winner of the Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards and the Whatsonstage Awards, The Play That Goes Wrong is on Broadway, in its fourth year in the West End and touring the UK. It seems its popularity knows no bounds as it’s award ...

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The Flop, Chapter Arts Centre – Cardiff

Director: Ben Pettit-Wade Company: Hijinx in association with Spy Monkey Reviewer: Beth Steer At just over an hour long, Hijinx and Spymonkey’s latest production, The Flop, is anything but. Charting the marriage of Marquis de Langey (Iain Gibbons) and Marie Sant-Simon (Jess Mabel Jones) in mid-1600s Paris, where impotence is illegal, and the King is revered, this fantastic piece of ...

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Miss Saigon – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Boublil and SchÓnberg Music: Claude-Michel SchÓnberg Lyrics: Richard Maltby, JR and Alain Boublil Director: Laurence Connor Choreographer: Bob Avian Reviewer: Georgie Bird Cameron MacKintosh brings his revamped production of Miss Saigon to Theatre Royal Plymouth. Set during the Vietnamese war, it tells the story of orphan Kim, who is forced to work in a brothel but falls in love ...

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Mischief Movie Night – Exeter Northcott

Director: Adam Meggido Set Designer: Nigel Hook Lighting Designer: David Howe Sound Designer: Andy Johnson Reviewer: Francesca Parker In 2008 a young and energetic group of LAMDA students came together to create a production based on the principles of improvised comedy; it was then that Lights! Camera! Improvise! was born. Following a highly successful first season at the Edinburgh Fringe, they ...

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