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The TigerFace Show – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Justin Teddy Cliffe Director: Paul Jenkins Reviewer: Beth Steer Pitted as a 'semi-autobiographical act of self-schadenfreude' that becomes an 'audience responsive ragged-scream-party-piece', The TigerFace Show certainly lives up to its claim of being 'one part misery, two parts joyful.' As Justin Teddy Cliffe shuffles onto the stage wearing a tattered tiger-print onesie with his face painted like he's going ...

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The Last Five Years – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer & Composer: Jason Robert Brown Director: Angharad Lee Reviewer: Beth Steer In the latest in a series of ‘Performances for the Curious’ from the Wales Millennium Centre, Leeway Productions puts on a version of Jason Robert Brown’s musical, The Last Five Years – with a spin. Following 20-something New Yorkers Jamie (Michael Hamway), an aspiring author, and Cathy (Lauren Hood), a ...

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Wicked – WMC, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Gregory Maguire Adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Flying monkeys, a huge cast and multi changes of scene – there’s plenty of glitz in Wicked, billed as the prequel to the ever-popular Wizard of Oz and projecting the dark side of the coin.  What could be more ...

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Cardiff Boy – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Kevin Jones Director: Matthew Holmquist Reviewer: Beth Steer Set in Porter’s The Other Room – which has been transformed into a shabby 90s boozer, complete with sticky carpets and uncomfy stools, Cardiff Boy is a one-man show about growing up in one of the Welsh capital city’s estates. Set to a 90s soundtrack, think indie Oasis, Jack Hammett as ...

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TUCK – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Alun Saunders Directors: Mared Swain & Jess Williams Reviewer: Beth Steer Using drag queens, glitz, and glamour to explore difficult, dark subjects like suicide, isolation, and loneliness, might seem like a difficult concept to make work – but TUCK smashes it out of the park. And it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Another outstanding piece of theatre from Welsh playwright Alun ...

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Lord of the Flies – The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Written by: William Golding Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: Beth Steer Set on a remote island, where a group of crash-landed school children are creating a new, temporary, and terrifying society, Lord of the Flies is every bit as enthralling as it is uncomfortable. As the kids ‘rip up the rule book and start all over again’, their island adventures soon turn into a chilling, ...

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La Cenerentola – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Rossini Director: Joan Font Revival Director: Xevi Dorca Conductor: Thomas Hanus Reviewer: Emily Pearce WNO ends its Autumn season with La Cenerentola, the retelling of the fairytale Cinderella through Rossini’s challenging and sparkling score. Thomas Hanus’ orchestra is on excellent, and lively form – Rossini’s virtuosic music is played with precision and verve. Even better, the cast are uniformly ...

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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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