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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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The Flop, Chapter Arts Centre – Cardiff

Director: Ben Pettit-Wade Company: Hijinx in association with Spy Monkey Reviewer: Beth Steer At just over an hour long, Hijinx and Spymonkey’s latest production, The Flop, is anything but. Charting the marriage of Marquis de Langey (Iain Gibbons) and Marie Sant-Simon (Jess Mabel Jones) in mid-1600s Paris, where impotence is illegal, and the King is revered, this fantastic piece of ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – New Theatre, Cardiff

Play by Simon Reade, after Arthur Conan Doyle Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Barbara Michaels This new production from the estimable Theatre Royal Bath brings together two experienced actors who have performed together many times over the years:  Robert Powell, who, at the age of 74 is still remembered for his iconic portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth in the 1977 Franco ...

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Mydidae – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Jack Thorne Director: Simon Reeves Reviewer: Beth Steer Following Marian and David, a couple in their thirties, as they spend an inordinate amount of time in their bathroom over the course of a single day, Jack Thorne’s Mydidae has the potential to awkwardly, and massively, miss the mark. But, the excellent writing, brilliant direction, clever set, and flawless acting come together ...

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The Effect – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Lucy Pebble Director: Dan Jones Designer: Carl Davies Sound Designer: Tic Ashfield Reviewer: Emily Pearce The Other Room, Cardiff’s first and only pub theatre, has fast established itself as a fiercely creative venue that is unafraid to take risks. A small theatre at the back of quirky pub, Porter’s, it has won numerous awards and has a strong reputation ...

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Jane Eyre – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Choreographer: Cathy Marston  Reviewer: Barbara Michaels For those of us familiar with one of literature’s most well-known heroines, it is not difficult to comprehend why the rightly praised Northern Ballet Company have transformed Charlotte Brontë’s novel into a ballet. While Brontë may have baulked at some of choreographer Cathy Marston’s more erotic interpretations, it has to be ...

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Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre – New Theatre, Cardiff

Choreographer: Cathy Marston Composer: Philip Feeney Designer: Patrick Kinmouth Lighting Designer: Alastair West Reviewer: Leah Tozer Balancing Brontë and ballet is brave: poised between prose and pas, pathetic fallacy and precise footwork, narrative voice and choreographic action, Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre is a bildungsroman of a ballet that’s as brave, and beautiful, as Brontë’s novel. Following the ‘poor, obscure, plain ...

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Tremor – The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Written by: Brad Birch Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Beth Steer The latest play by Brad Birch, a recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission, Tremor has the potential to promise an evening of tense, nail-biting theatre. The short, one-act play charts the reunion of two individuals, Sophie (Lisa Diveney) and Tom (Paul Rattray), as they come together again, four years after ...

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