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Alice in Wonderland – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Lewis Carroll Adaptor: Mike Kenny Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A refreshing new take on the original – and that in itself is no small achievement – Mike Kenny’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland gives more than a nod to contemporary issues such as identity. Opening scenes in Alice’s home and schoolroom segue seamlessly into more ...

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The Weir – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Conor McPherson Director Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Emily Pearce The Sherman’s new production of The Weir (in conjunction with the Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol) is a subtle study of human behaviour that slowly gets under the skin. Conor McPherson’s one-act play set in a remote bar in rural Ireland received the Oliver Award for Best New Play (1997) when originally ...

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Bird – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Katherine Chandler Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Jaclyn Martin   The pure white tiles of the set are covered in putrid mildew and the yellow-orange stains of rust. This is what happens when something is left without loving care for too long. This is the story of young Ava, a girl on the cusp of adulthood who has never known ...

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Iphigenia in Splott – Bristol Old Vic Studio

Sophie Melville as Effie

Writer: Gary Owen Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Chris Oldham   Apparently Effie has saved us all – every single one of us. We owe her. And she’s about to tell us why. Taking its title from the character in Greek mythology, and the area of Cardiff in which it’s set,Gary Owen’s one­woman monologue Iphigenia in Splott follows Effie (Sophie Melville) ...

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Iphigenia in Splott – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Gary Owen Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Hamza Naveed   It’s safe to say that the last seven days have been among the most important for this generation. Across the UK, millions of people have already mapped out the next five years. Fictionalised them. And in a small studio space in Cardiff that seats a hundred people, one young woman’s ...

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Arabian Nights – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Adaptation: Dominic Cooke Composer: Simon Slater Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   Mysticism and magic are at the fore in this adaptation of an old story in Rachel O’Riordan’s production Arabian Nights. There is plenty to wonder at in Dominic Cooke’s clever modernized version of the classic tale of Scheherazade ( familiar to many as One thousand and one ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Star-crossed lovers and family feuding are at the heart of Romeo and Juliet, perhaps the most romantic of Shakespeare’s plays. A much-anticipated and brave choice for artistic director Rachel O’Riordan’s major production in her first season at the Sherman. Unfortunately – and perhaps it was first night nerves – O’Riordan’s vicious ...

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Unfaithful – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Owen McCafferty Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: John Roberts Owen McCafferty isn’t afraid of writing dialogue that challenges our preconceptions, his fantastic take on the Catholic/Protestant divide in Mojo Mickeybo still has powerful resonance. Here with his latest production Unfaithful McCafferty looks at the fading relationship between Joan played with down-trodden exhaustion by Cara Kelly and her husband Tom (a ...

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