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ENDLESS – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer & Director: Kyla Goodey Musical director: Vicky Abbott Composers: Justin Lee Radford, Vicky Abbott & Sam Jago Coleman Reviewer: Phil Goodwin In an alternate galaxy not so far away, 90's nobodies N:dless are making another comeback complete with glowsticks and head torches. The four-piece synth kings have been playing acid house, techno and drum ‘n’ bass-infused Goa trance longer ...

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The Kneebone Cadillac – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer:  Carl Grose Director: Simon Stokes Reviewer: Joan Phillips In the programme notes writer Carl Grose talks about being taken to United Downs as a child and how he always wanted to write about the area and the people he saw there. If you Google United Downs, the first five things that come up are: tip, dump, waste, industrial estate and banger racing. It ...

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49 Donkeys Hanged – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer:  Carl Grose Director: Simon Stokes Reviewer: Joan Phillips It would be interesting to get a neurological survey conducted on Carl Grose’s brain. It might help explain how he came to write the funny, thoughtful and brilliantly original play which is 49 Donkeys Hanged. Inspired by spotting a roadside news headline ’49 Donkeys Hanged’ when he was touring South Africa in 1999, ...

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Napoleon Disrobed – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Told By An Idiot based on a novel by Simon Leys Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: Joan Phillips Napoleon Disrobed imagines the possibility that Napoleon escapes from St Helena and attempts to return to his supporters in France in order to reclaim the Emperor’s throne. Based on the book The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys this foray into the ...

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The Secret Keeper – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer:  Angela Clerkin Directors: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J Skillbeck Reviewer: Joan Phillips The Secret Keeper is marketed is a political fairy tale for adults with a gothic heart, which all sounds very promising. But this is the first misleading disappointment in this bizarre play. The ‘secret keeper’ in this story is the daughter of the village doll’s house maker. She ...

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Be Brave and Leave for the Unknown – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer:  Catherine Dyson Directors: Cassie Friend and Rebecca Loukes Reviewer: Joan Phillips When Chris and Fleur first meet at a photo shoot they seem like the most unlikely people to end up as a couple. Chris is a gifted concert pianist. He is self-conscious, awkward, stiff, with hints of obsessive compulsive disorder. Fleur is a war photographer who is used ...

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Spillikin – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer and Director:  Jon Welch Reviewer: Joan Phillips Spillikin catches perfectly the cultural and scientific zeitgeist on two fronts. Firstly, how we help the increasing numbers of people affected by dementia in our community. Secondly, what role Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology can take in supporting these efforts. Writer/director Jon Welch manages to balance both themes throughout this thoughtful and ...

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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Sam Steiner Director: Ed Madden Reviewer: Joan Phillips Apparently, we will use just over 123 million words on average in a lifetime. Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons explores the kind of world we might encounter if we were limited, like Twitter, to just 140 words a day. Sam Steiner’s thoughtful, shortplay explores the power of language and our essential ...

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