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Latitude 2019 – Saturday evening antics and Sunday morning cool-downs

Heavy rain has just cleared, the lightening is no longer posing a threat and strolling past the Obelisk Arena the smooth sound of Irish rock band Walking on Cars tempt lost wanderers to sit for a while and listen to the round tones of lead singer Patrick Sheehy. The group have an appealing guitar pop sound, which feels vaguely eighties, ...

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Vice Versa – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Two men either side of a woman in Roman costume

Writer: Phil Porter Director: Janice Honeyman Reviewer:  James Garrington Loud-mouth General Braggadocio is convinced that he is one of the most popular men in Rome – especially with the women. His three servants – Feclus, Omnivorous and Dexter – all hate and despise him. Braggadocio has kidnapped Voluptua, Dexter’s former mistress, and is keeping her as a concubine but she ...

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BRIGHTON BITES: Peppered Wit Productions – Blink

Back by popular demand for 2017, our Brighton Bites series offer short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into shows performing at England’s largest arts festival. Hopefully, they will whet your appetite to try something new at this year's Brighton Fringe. Here, Peppered Wit Productions tells us about their show, Blink, which they’ll be performing at  Sweet Waterfront.   How would you describe ...

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The Miser – Garrick Theatre, London

Writer: Molière Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh This nearly 400-year-old play does all but disappoint. This adaptation of Molière’s comedy The Miser (or L’Avere) is indeed inspired from start to finish. Sean Foley, its director, is unafraid to adapt this piece and openly have fun with it. While some enduring themes prove timeless, Foley is unafraid to alter the script ...

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The Man With the Hammer – The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Jonny Holden, Harriet Slater, Tim Chipping

Writer: Phil Porter Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Joan Phillips   We are increasingly encountering groups of cyclists on our roads at weekends. Already a hugely popular sport and pastime on the Continent, the sport is growing in popularity here. Rarely out of the news the sport has attracted our admiration for its heroes like Bradley Wiggins and Chris Frome, and ...

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A Mad World, My Masters – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Thomas Middleton (adapted by Sean Foley and Phil Porter) Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Niall Harman Thomas Middleton’s city comedy A Mad World, My Masters was first performed in 1605 but has since been rarely performed. This production, a collaboration between English Touring Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, dramatically uproots the play from its Jacobean setting. Adapted by Sean ...

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A Mad Word, My Masters – Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Writer: Thomas Middleton Adaptor: Sean Foley and Phil Porter Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Francesca Parker   Jacobean playwright, Thomas Middleton, is responsible for the raucous comedy, A Mad World, My Masters; although written and first performed in 1605 it has now been reworked for our modern stage. No longer is it set in its contemporary surrounding, quite the opposite, Sean ...

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The Christmas Truce – The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: Phil Porter Director: Erica Whyman Reviewer: James Garrington December 1914. The Great War has been under way for four months, and has become bogged down in a stalemate in France and Belgium where men have burrowed into the ground, never daring to raise their heads above the parapet for fear of a sniper’s bullet or an incoming shell. Then ...

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