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Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Devised by: The Wardrobe Theatre Company Director: Adam Fuller Reviewer: Claire Hayes It may be July, but that doesn’t stop The Wardrobe theatre company from reprising its 2015 Christmas show, this time in the Factory Theatre. And why not, when this seasonally ubiquitous mash up of Guy Ritchie’s 1998 cockney gangster film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with the ...

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Saint Joan Of The Stockyards – Bristol Old Vic Young Company

The cast of St Joan of the Stockyards

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Translation: Ralph Manheim Reviewer: Kris Hallett   There is a well-expounded piece of advice in the theatre that if you can get your beginning and end right the rest will take care of itself. From the moment Joshua Robinson, as greedy and powerful Chicago factory owner Pierpoint Mailer, bursts onto the stage in a full on display ...

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Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Goldilock played by Emma Keaveney-Roys

Devised by: The Wardrobe Theatre Company Director: Adam Fuller Reviewer: Chris White So here it is; this is Christmas. The Wardrobe Theatre has a new home in Old Market, and the company are back with their annual alternative Christmas show. This year, Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears; a cockney-riddled retelling of the classic fairy tale. The show is – ...

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Ghost Opera – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Devised: FellSwoop Theatre Company Director: Bertrand Lesca Reviewer: Chris White FellSwoop’s new production is the intriguing and exhilarating Ghost Opera, directed by Bertrand Lesca and devised by the company. It’s a haunting piece about escapism, entrapment and fantasy which seems to defy genre; distorting and almost breaking from the confines of time, space and character. FellSwoop (who are one of ...

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The Point of No Return – New Diorama, London

  Writer / Director: Tommy Lexen Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Is it ever worth it? Rebellion and revolution can be wonderful things; they can right wrongs, improve social representation, enhance democracy and change whole nations for the better. But there is always a price to pay in any form of conflict, and more often than not that price is in ...

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Ablutions – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Patrick deWitt Adaptor: Matthew Whittle Director: Bertrand Lesca Reviewer: Laura Maley Patrick DeWitt’s novel Ablutions becomes a stylish and powerful play from Fellswoop Theatre which ends its spring tour in The Lowry’s Studio. For an hour, Salford becomes the grimy Los Angeles underworld in which an unnamed bartender, heartbroken by the world around him, hatches a devious plan of ...

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Ablutions – Assembly Roxy Downstairs, Edinburgh

Director: Bertrand Lesca Dramaturg: Rina Vergano Musical Director: Ben Osborn Reviewer: Linford Butler Perfect pacing, impeccable acting and a sparsely set, well-crafted technical design, all underscored by an incredible country-blues Americana soundtrack, renders Fellswoop Theatre’s Ablutions – the very human, very tragic story of a barman falling into the depths of despair – an impeccably well-made and impressively polished piece ...

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Ablutions – Brewery Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Patrick deWitte Adaptor: Matthew Whittle Director: Bertrand Lesca Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman Adapted from Patrick deWitt’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, Ablutions paints a darkly comic portrait of a hapless bartender’s struggle to break free from the tedium and debauchery of life behind the bar. Set in a Hollywood dive-bar populated by eccentrics, drug addicts and losers, the ...

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