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The Events – Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Dramaturgs: Oda Radoor &Brigitte Auer Music: John Browne Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: Jacqui Onions The Eventsfollows the aftermath of a terrible tragedy and Claire's struggles to come to terms with and understand what happened, exploring her resulting fixation with The Boy who perpetrated the events. Covering themes including forgiveness, inclusivity, multiculturalism and immigration to name but a few, The Events ...

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Arcadia – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF) is a company never lacking in ambition, so it’s fitting that Arcadia has been chosen as a first contemporary venture. Initially staged in 1993, Tom Stoppard’s widely-acclaimed play presents a sumptuous tapestry of ideas from Fermat’s Last Theorem to the laws of thermodynamics, from landscape ...

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Lady Gogo Goch – Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Deviser: Jill Dowse Director: Emily Ayres Reviewer: Jacqui Onions In Lady Gogo Goch, Sam Fox creates a variety of Welsh ladies, with the inspiration for these characters coming from everywhere from history to traditions, real life to song. Using a mixture of music (much of which is ably performed live by Ricardo Rocha), song, poetry and prose in their creation, ...

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The Shop of Little Horrors – Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Dramaturg: Adam Peck Music: Simon Preston Director: Emma Williams Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Albert Grimlake resides alone inside his workshop, crafting his beloved puppets, with only a ventriloquist’s dummy likeness of his mother for company. As he gets older he feels he can no longer continue with his work alone and advertises for some help. Muppet loving Eric responds and finds ...

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Manon Lescaut – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Mariusz Trelinski Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Marina Spark Plymouth's Theatre Royal is playing host to the Welsh National Opera's Fallen Women season, of which Manon Lescaut is their second in the bill of three operas. The plot surrounds the incomprehensibly desirable Manon; a beautiful, provocative, fascinating woman, played by Chiara Taigi. The hero of the opera ...

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La Traviata – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: David McVicar Composer: Giuseppi Verdi Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Marina Spark The Welsh National Opera are widely known for tackling the great operas with verve and style. Their leading opera this season is La Traviata, which headlines a trio focussing on the theme of Fallen Women. This classic opera begins at the end with our hero, Alfredo, played by ...

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Emily – The Making of a Militant Suffragette – The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Writer: Ros Connelly Director: Kath Burlinson Reviewer: Claire Hayes Emily Wilding Davison threw herself in front of the King’s horse at the Derby in 1913, this we know. So much else is conjecture, yet Elizabeth Crarer’s intelligent and absorbing portrayal indicates that, even if she were not intending to die, Emily’s actions in support of women’s suffrage had become increasingly ...

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