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Venus and Adonis – Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

A puppet Venus tempts a puppet Adonis with puppeteers faintly visible behind

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer:  John Kennedy You are the apotheosis of male perfection – Adonis (the clue’s in the name). The Goddess of Love, Venus (ditto) is desperate to get you in the sack and at your sacs in a leafy glade down among the blue-veined violets – best not to dwell on that image. But, Lydian ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: I Am Beast – The Warren Main House

I Am Beast

Writer: Louisa Ashton Director: Shelley Knowles-Dixon Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Straight into superhero action, full of goggles, baddies and slow-motion fist fights erupts I Am Beast, an inventive tale illustrating how an immersion of the imagination can be a support system for grief. As a fourth major production for Sparkle and Dark, the theatre company introduce Ellie, a troubled teenager who, ...

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I am Beast – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: Louisa Ashton Director: Shelley Knowles-Dixon Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ellie is a typical teenager. Her bedroom is a mess and she has a secret fantasy world she escapes to when real life gets too hard. There, she is Blaze, a superhero with her crime-fighting partner Silver righting wrongs wrought by Dr Oblivion. But here and now she is coping with ...

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Killing Roger – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Lawrence Illsley and Shelley Knowles-Dixon Music: Lawrence Illsley Director: Shelley Knowles-Dixon Reviewer: Laura Maley Taking part in a community project, college student Billy strikes up an initially spikey relationship with Roger, an old man he visits. Prickly at first, Roger comes to rely on Billy’s visits – and so does Billy. As he narrates Killing Roger, Billy looks back ...

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Killing Roger – Underbelly, Edinburgh

Director: Shelley Knowles-Dixon Reviewer: Rebecca Brown [rating:4] ‘Could you kill someone? What if they asked you to?’ These aren’t easy questions to answer, but Sparkle and Dark’sKilling Rogeris a timely and probing look at the issues surrounding the euthanasia debate. Through skilful puppetry and acting,Killing Rogergoes straight to the heart of these questions. The play centres around the relationship between ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Girl With No Heart – Bedlam Theatre

Writer: Louisa Ashton Composer: Lawrence Illsley Designer: Anna Shuttleworth Director: Shelly Knowles-Dixon Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4.5] Inspired by the tragic events at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and commemorating the anniversaries of those atomic bombings, Sparkle and Dark’s Travelling Players’ new show The Girl With No Heart is beautiful, magical and haunting in equal measure. Set in two imaginary lands, one where ...

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