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Touching The Void – Bristol Old Vic

Director: Tom Morris Writer: David Greig Movement director: Sasha Milavic Davies Designer: Ti Green Composer: Jon Nicholls Lighting designer: Chris Davey Reviewer: Hugh McCann This adaptation of Touching The Void retells the classic autobiographical account of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates’ death-defying climbing trip in the Andes, written by Joes Simpson. The piece begins with Joe’s sister Sarah (Fiona Hampton) ...

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Henry V – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer:  William  Shakespeare Director: Elizabeth Freestone Sound Designer: Giles Thomas Reviewer: Julia Beasley England is at odds with France. the country sees the people across the Channel as the enemy. The air is thick with jingoistic rallying cries: "Once more unto the breach…cry God for Harry, England and St George!" We’re just about to do battle with our old foes. The ...

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A Haunted Existence – The Island, Bristol

Writer & Performer: Tom Marshman Reviewer: Leah Tozer You may find this morally wrong. I don’t. This is the irreverent, fearlessly truthful, revolutionary reaction of Geoffrey Patrick Williamson, a teenager arrested in Taunton in the fifties after approaching a plain-clothes police officer while travelling on a train. His crime? Existing as a homosexual, and what a haunted existence it was.  A Haunted ...

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Shrek the Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Jeanine Tesori Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Nigel Harman  Choreographer: Josh Prince Designer: Tim Hatley Lighting Designer: Hugh Vanstone Reviewer: Leah TozerAn offbeat fairytale about being a believer in happily-ever-afters for the beautiful and ogreish alike, Shrek the Musical is a hefty, hearty, gorgeously green show that lets its Freak Flag Fly but its originality fall victim to fart gags and the far-greater film.  The original film won ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman – Bristol Hippodrome

Based on the book by Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Charlotte Vowles It seems surprising that it’s taken this long for the much-loved 80’s film to make its transition to the stage, but when it arrives, the cast spring to action with such impact and energy, it takes a moment for the eyes and ...

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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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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 Elephant Man – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Bernard Pomerance Music: Keith Tempest Set Designer: Caitlin Abbott Director: Lee Lyford Reviewer: Julia Beasley It’s a brave decision to take on such discomforting subject matter as the life of ‘elephant man’ John Merrick. But Bristol Old Vic, in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and diversity champions Diverse City, have triumphed with this theatrical gem that wrings ...

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