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The Heresy of Love – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: Jenny Stephens Reviewer: Kris Hallett As we approach International Women’s Day, it has been refreshing to see Bristol Old Vic Theatre School put women centre stage during their Spring term. After a stand out Portia during Merchant of Venice, Helen Edmundson’s 2012 play explores another spirited woman, Juana Inésde la Cruz - poet, playwright, darling of ...

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Light – The Studio, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: George Mann Director: George Mann Reviewer: Joan Phillips George Orwell frightened the world with his chilling glimpse into a dystopian, totalitarian future in his book Nineteen Eighty-Four. Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Light is a harrowing demonstration of how these issues never go away. In this version, written and directed by George Mann, we have the added complication of how modern ...

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The Life & Times of Fanny Hill – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: John Cleland Adaptor: April de Angelis Director: Michael Oakley Reviewer: Claire Hayes You might think you know what to expect from The Life &Times of Fanny Hill, Lamplighter Theatre’s new adaptation of John Cleland’s notorious tale of a prostitute’s misadventures. The book is essentially an 18th century romp with a full variety of sexual escapades complete with bawdy jokes. ...

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WHAT’S HOT: Week Beginning Monday 2nd February 2015

Kris Hallett looks at the best of the UK's theatre in this week's round-up which includes revivals of some modern classics, as well as some fresh new adaptations alongside a sprinkling of new productions. Harvey- Birmingham Rep Already announced to play in the West End, Mary Chase’s comedy about a man with a friendship with a six foot tall rabbit ...

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Grounded – Arnolfini, Bristol

Writer: George Brant Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Kris Hallett   Stranded inside a Perspex-like box, Lucy Ellinson’s pilot is trapped physically in the same way that she feels trapped by the duelling conflicts of family life and drone warfare. Grounded from flying war jets in the desert after falling pregnant, this fighter pilot soon finds herself stationed in Vegas, flying ...

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War Game – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Deviser and Director: Toby Hulse Reviewer: Laura Hesketh   Exchanging seasonal greetings; joint burial services; and the infamous football game between soldiers who, only hours before, were brutally firing at each other, are all recognisable images and stories of the Christmas Truce of 1914; the day that an unofficial ceasefire occurred between two armies and a moment of peace emerged ...

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Institute – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Director: Amit Lahav Reviewer: Claire Hayes Gecko’s latest creation deals with the stuff of life itself. Institute is a raw, heart-rending, high energy exploration into the triumphs and despair of the human condition, encapsulated in a Kafkaesque world of unfathomable filing cabinets. Each of the four performers within Institute has their own story to tell, but don’t expect a clear ...

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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs) – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Carl Grose Music: Charles Hazlewood Director: Mike Shepherd Reviewer: Claire Hayes Make no mistake, exuberance is in town. Kneehigh have arrived in Bristol with their highly stylised version of The Beggar’s Opera and, in the spirit of the original, it’s a loud, nihilistic and outrageously funny commentary on the ills of today’s society. You don’t need to be familiar ...

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