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Fagins Twist – Plymouth Athenaeum

Director: Tony Adigun Choreographer: Tony Adigun Reviewer: Georgie Bird Fagin’s Twist, as the title suggests, is a modern interpretation of Oliver Twist, told through dance. Performed by the Avant Garde Dance Company, this production focuses on Fagin and his story, instead of Oliver’s. This is comprised of some brilliant dance routines, wonderfully choreographed and utilising the whole cast. The dancing throughout is ...

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The Solid Life of Sugar Water – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Genevieve Barr and Arthur Hughes as Alice and Phil in The Solid Life Of Sugar Water

Writer: Jack Thorne Director: Amit Sharma Reviewer: Marina Spark   From the moment the audience makes its way into the intimate theatre space that is The Drum at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth it is clear that The Solid Life of Sugar Water is going to play with theatrical norms. An impressively realistic upended bedroom, complete with vertically sleeping actors, forms ...

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Gym Party – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Devised by: Tim Cowbury, Jessica Latowicki, Christopher Brett Bailey and Ira Brand Reviewer: Katie Mitchell [rating:4] It’s a party unlike any other. Three competitors battle to the death in party games and competitions to see which one is victor and should survive.Gym Partyis an exciting and new devised play created by Made In China. Their aim is to create theatre ...

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Dylan Thomas: Return Journey – Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Bob Kingdom Original Direction: Anthony Hopkins Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4] “Good evening, culture vultures.” A single black podium, barely distinguishable from the black set, stands alone on an empty stage. With his polka dot bowtie, blue deck shoes (for a quick getaway), big hair and a red nose, Bob Kingdom as the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas is vaguely clown-esque ...

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The Tiger and the Moustache – Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Saikat Ahamed Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:3.5] A one man play, The Tiger and the Moustache (previously called Bangladesh) has been developed with support from Bristol Ferment at Bristol Old Vic. Well known to the Bristol theatre scene, local writer and performer Saikat Ahamed prowls his way to centre stage, light of foot and snarling. Following the story of Ahamed’s ...

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L.O.V.E – The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Davies Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:3.5] Based on the Sonnets by William Shakespeare, L.O.V.E was originally produced in 1992, winning the 1993 Timeout Theatre Award. Restaged by Paul Davies, Volcano Theatre Company have revived this piece of dramatic art for their current 2012 tour. Initially the stage is bare, save three items covered with dust sheets. ...

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