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Tristan and Yseult – Bristol Old Vic

Writers: Anna Marie Murphy and Carl Grose Adaptor and Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Kris Hallett If theatre ever had their own version of Desert Island Discs, Kneehigh would have to be a strong contender for the luxury item. No company brings as much joy to a packed auditorium as them when they are in full flow. No company fulfils the mantra ...

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Tristan & Yseult – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writers: Anna Maria Murphy and Carl Grose Director and Adapter: Emma Rice Music: Stu Barker Reviewer: Harriet Brace A twelfth century tragedy is hardly what you’d deem a crowd-pleaser, so it’d be easy to assume the anticipation surrounding Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult has been over-egged. Having made the company’s reputation internationally, resulting in a US tour, and with performances lined up ...

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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) – Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Writer: Carl Grose Composer: Charles Hazlewood Director: Mike Shepherd Reviewer: Thom Finch   Kneehigh, arguably one of the country's most interesting theatre companies are on top form in this new adaptation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera. Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is a bizarre satire and morality tale that follows the (mis) fortunes of the ...

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Dead Dog In A Suitcase (and other love songs) – Everyman, Liverpool

Writer: Carl Grose Music: Charles Hazlewood Director: Mike Shepherd Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby A menacing stage picture greets the audience on arrival. Blackened scaffolding can be seen through the fog that hangs mid-air. It stretches from floor to ceiling, suggested a skyline of polluted brick in a broken city. Figures mill about in the shadows of the stage and around ...

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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs) – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Carl Grose Music: Charles Hazlewood Director: Mike Shepherd Choreographer: Etta Murfitt Reviewer: Gemma Hirst The world is poor and man’s a sh*t. Did that get your attention? Good. We should hope so, as that is what it is like to experience Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs) by Kneehigh Theatre. Radically rewriting John Gay’s satirical piece ...

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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs) – HOME, Manchester

  Writer: Carl Grose Music: Charles Hazlewood Director: Mike Shepherd Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin   Kneehigh burst onto the stage at HOME in their recognisably energetic, playful style and dragged us into their dark musical portraying a world hanging by a thread. Dead Dog in a Suitcase is based on John Gay’s A Beggar’s Opera and Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera and ...

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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs) – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Carl Grose Music: Charles Hazlewood Director: Mike Shepherd Reviewer: Claire Hayes Make no mistake, exuberance is in town. Kneehigh have arrived in Bristol with their highly stylised version of The Beggar’s Opera and, in the spirit of the original, it’s a loud, nihilistic and outrageously funny commentary on the ills of today’s society. You don’t need to be familiar ...

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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Carl Grose Music: Charles Hazlewood Director: Mike Shepherd Reviewer: May Mellstrom There is unlikely to be a more intriguing title for a show this year than Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), a new co-production between the Everyman and Cornwall-based theatre company Kneehigh. The inaugural Everyman season has already tackled the traditional and local stories in ...

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