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MAYFEST: Complicated Grief – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: David Woods & John Haynes Director: David Woods & John Haynes Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva The award-winning duo Ridiculusmus conclude their mental health trilogy with Complicated Grief, a show about the depths of life before it expires. The series starts with The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland and Give Me Your Love, as part of Mayfest 2018. Informed by ...

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MAYFEST: Give Me Your Love – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: David Woods & John Haynes Director: David Woods & John Haynes Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva Give Me Your Love is a dark comedic two-character drama informed by research into MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) assisted therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Drawing from real-life war experiences, the award-winning duo Ridiculusmus, David Woods and Jon Haynes develop a sinister story which serves as ...

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In the Shadow of the Mountain – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Felicity Huxley-Miners Director: Richard Elson Reviewer: Stephen Bates Girl meets boy, girl Rugby-tackles boy and so begins an imperfect relationship. Felicity Huxley-Miners’ short (70 minutes), bitter-sweet new play introduces us to Ellie and Rob, a couple who we come to feel need a lot of things in life, but not each other. The opening scenes play like an old-fashioned ...

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MAYFEST: Velvet Petal – Trinity Fyfe Hall, Bristol

Choreographer: Fleur Darkin Musical Arrangement: Torben Lars Sylvest Reviewer: Leah TozerFleur Darkin’s Velvet Petal for Scottish Dance Theatre is an androgynous, drug-fuelled-feeling orgy of dance and adolescence. Performed at the intimate Trinity Fyfe Hall as part of Mayfest, it’s a theatrical thrill of electronica, witty choreography, and fine performances that loses its way a little in its own chaos. Influenced by the provocative photography of Robert ...

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The Girl on the Train – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Director: Joe Murphy Based on the novel by: Paula Hawkins Adapted by: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Have you ever looked out of the train window on your way to work, and made up stories about the homes you see, and the people inside them? Given them names, characters and stories? Have you tried to work out ...

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Thriller Live – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

The cast of Thriller Live

Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Original Concept and Executive Director: Adrian Grant Reviewer: Dominic Corr Commenting on Michael Jackson’s contribution to the world of music would be fruitless. His legacy remains untouched, controversy in later life seeming to have no staying power. With all the finest performers who have graced this world with their talent comes one thing – Jukebox ...

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Effigies of Wickedness – Gate Theatre, London

Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Stephen Bates News that Chinese television did not broadcast the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, because the authorities there objected to two seemingly gay dancers and a few tattoos, reminds us that state censorship has never gone away completely and gives weight to this revue made up of songs banned in Germany by the Nazis. The 85-minute ...

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NOF*CKSGIVEN –  King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Daisy King Director: Laura Wooff Reviewer: Richard Maguire NOF*CKSGIVENis the last play to be performed in the King’s Head Theatre’s season of plays written by women, Who Runs the World? Daisy King’s story of a woman caught in a cycle of drink and drugs is both funny and affecting, but ultimately is underwritten. The Who Runs the World?season is ...

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