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Shine – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Kema Sikazwe Director: Graeme Thompson Reviewer: Dominic Corr What defines you? Is it your past, your family? Perhaps more realistically it’s the societal labels attached from unwelcomed comments; immigrant, black, poor or untalented which 'brand' us. I, Daniel Blake actor Kema Sikazwe's Shine gives an account of his own difficulties in finding his ability to not be a product ...

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The Magic Flute – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Librettist: Glyn Maxwell Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: James Garrington Opera Up Close may have moved on from their roots performing in tiny pub theatres, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve distanced themselves from their audience. They pride themselves on producing accessible new versions of classic opera, and The Magic Flute is certainly no exception. Forget any ideas you ...

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 Illuminate – Manchester Central Library 

Artistic Direction: Kevin Edward Turner Choreography: Kevin Edward Turner, Anthony Missen Musical Direction: Miguel Marin Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Illuminate is a site-specific promenade dance performance created by Manchester dance company Company Chameleon and commissioned by Manchester Central Library for their Library Live cultural events programme. Illuminate explores seven themes or plot-lines that have underpinned literature through the centuries, in an ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer William Shakespeare Director Polina Kalinina Designer Emma Bailey Reviewer Ron Simpson   There are two contrasting reviews to be written about Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s Romeo and Juliet, now on an extended tour from its Bristol base. Polina Kalinina’s production is a brilliant success in creating the energy, athletic impact and sense of danger she seeks, but the ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Polina Kalinina Reviewer: Claire Hayes Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most familiar and frequently performed plays, a youthfully idealistic tale of star-crossed lovers. What can often be overlooked, though, is the visceral brutality of the clashes between the younger male Montagues and Capulets, their raw and ceaseless goading of each other, even until death. ...

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As You Like It – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Stephen Bates Featherweight romantic fantasy that it is, As You Like It is the home for some of William Shakespeare’s most lyrical passages and the perfect production of it is one that keeps the broad comedy bubbling while contrasting it with a mood of reflective melancholy. Performed in a studio space with little ...

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