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Wonderman – Underbelly Potterrow, Edinburgh

Director:Amy Leach Reviewer: David Doyle Wonderman, a musical rendering of some of Roald Dahl’s stories for adults, from Gaggle Babble is a polished exploration of a darker side of Dahl’s writing that ooze mystery and murder. If you’re willing to go with the slightly disjointed nature of the piece, there’s much on offer here including some interesting musical arrangements, well-crafted ...

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Before I Leave – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer:Patrick Jones Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Jacqui Onions National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre take on the difficult subject of dementia in their new play Before I Leave - and they do it with empathy, humour and love. This topic is huge and Patrick Jones' script tackles it from as many angles as possible without ever feeling like there ...

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INTERVIEW: Kully Thiarai, her Curtain Call and CAST

By Ron Simpson On 25 April 2016, CAST in Doncaster is to hold a special event, a “Give What You Can” fundraising evening for the theatre with Artistic Director Kully Thiarai, joined by friends and guests for an evening of memories, music and performance. The special significance of what is certain to be a warm-hearted and entertaining evening is that ...

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The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion – Swalec Stadium, Cardiff


Writer: Tim Price Music: Gruff Rhys Director: Wils Wilson Reviewer: Jacqui Onions   The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion is billed as a theatre gig for all ages and is the latest offering in this innovative new genre from National Theatre Wales and Gruff Rhys. The winning combination of Rhys' music with Tim Price's writing and Wils Wilson's direction created something quite ...

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Crouch Touch Pause Engage – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Robin Soans Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Joan Phillips In 2009 Gareth Thomas was one of the most successful Welsh rugby players ever - over 100 caps and a string of major trophies and wins. From the outside, his triumphs were formidable. But on the inside, he was tormented by the fact that he was gay and about to be ...

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Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Robin Soans Sound Designer: Dyfan Jones Director: Max Stafford Clark Movement Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Rich Jevons An ensemble cast of six take on a multiplicity of characters, related by the fact they all at some point play ‘Alfie’, the nickname of Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas. There are two strands to the narrative, linked by the town of ...

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The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning – Pleasance at St Thomas Aquin’s High School, Edinburgh

Writer: Tim Price Director: John E McGrath Reviewer: Marina Spark [rating:4] National Theatre Wales offers up a fascinating, slick, imaginative piece of theatre in this play about the eponymous young Welsh/American soldier who allegedly uploaded information on the Iraq and Afghan wars to the WikiLeaks website. With his long-awaited trial coming up in December, this play is significant to the ...

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Latitude Festival – Henham Park, Southwold

After two years of grey skies and mud, campers arriving to pitch their tents as the gates opened for the eighth edition of the Latitude Festival on Thursday were in for a shock. Instead of the traditional festival mud the problem was getting tent pegs into the baked fields as the sun shone down over Suffolk. The weather obviously attracted ...

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