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Blasted – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Sarah Kane Music: Nick Gill Director: Kate Wasserberg Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Blasted is set in a country at war and follows the theme of the oppressor becoming the oppressed. We watch the main character Ian (Christian Patterson) slowly go from being a bully who pressures, insults, guilt trips and abuses his ex-girlfriend, Cate (Louise Collins), to finding himself defenceless ...

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Queen Coal – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Robert Shaw Cameron Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Thirty years on from the Miners’ strike in Yorkshire, the life changing effect on the families and their communities still lives on. Queen Coal explores two women’s response to events and how they reacted to the death and funeral of Margaret Thatcher. The playwright, Bryony Lavery and the director Robert ...

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Play Strindberg – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Friedrich Dürrenmatt Director: Nancy Meckler Reviewer: Claire Hayes Dance of Death, the play written by August Strindberg in 1900, contains his darkest musings on the institution of marriage. In it, he prises apart the grimly sterile alliance of an army Captain and a former actress who have remained together, marooned on a remote island for the past twenty-five years, ...

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Contractions – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: Kate Wasserberg Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Mike Bartlett claims that “Plays, in order to be political, need to strive to get people to think about the systems that are behind our life,” and he absolutely achieves this with his one-act play, Contractions. Taking place in the confines of one office, the audience witnesses a number of meetings ...

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Cosi fan tutte – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Benjamin Davies Reviewer: Shane Morgan [rating:4] In the programme notes, director Benjamin Davies identifies both sex and death as being major themes of not only Cosi fan tutte but also many other operas. In this case there is some of one and talk of the other. The plot centres around two couples – Fiordiligi is ...

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Welsh National Opera: Cosi fan tutte – The Mayflower, Southampton

Composer: Mozart Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Benjamin Davis Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:5]   Some can see deep philosophical and moral struggles between the characters as they strive to play out the story of “Cosi fan tutte”, however, to others it is a trivial tale of shallow people in whom it is hard to maintain any interest ...

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Cosi Fan Tutte – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Opera: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Benjamin Davis Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:5] Mozart’s final comic opera, Così Fan Tutte, is one of the most human and soul-searching of comic operas yet was originally considered immoral. In today’s climate this is hardly the case. The story, set in Naples in the late 1700s, tells how two young men, ...

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