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Benny Hill – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Play: Owen Thomas Director: Gareth John Bale Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Benny Hill has always been an enigma.  Comedian, writer and make no mistake, astute businessman, his was, like the Biblical Joseph, a coat of many colours. His show was looked forward to by millions all over the world, and went out on Saturday nights, first of all on BBC TV ...

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A Tale of Two Cities – The Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Mike Poulton Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Royal &Derngate Northampton Theatre and Touring Consortium Theatre Company brings Mike Poulton’s 2014 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre. The historical novel, published in 1859, is set both in London and Paris before, and at the height of the French Revolution. Both cities went ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Music: Alan Menken Book &Lyrics: Howard Ashman Director: Tim Baker Reviewer: Steve Davies Upon entering the auditorium at Theatr Clwyd the audience is met with an image of Skid Row, the home of down-and-out bums. There are piles of trash-cans and litter on the street. This is backed by a fantastic shimmering projection of the ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ bloody ...

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Blasted – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Sarah Kane Music: Nick Gill Director: Kate Wasserberg Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Blasted is set in a country at war and follows the theme of the oppressor becoming the oppressed. We watch the main character Ian (Christian Patterson) slowly go from being a bully who pressures, insults, guilt trips and abuses his ex-girlfriend, Cate (Louise Collins), to finding himself defenceless ...

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Play Strindberg – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Friedrich Dürrenmatt Director: Nancy Meckler Reviewer: Claire Hayes Dance of Death, the play written by August Strindberg in 1900, contains his darkest musings on the institution of marriage. In it, he prises apart the grimly sterile alliance of an army Captain and a former actress who have remained together, marooned on a remote island for the past twenty-five years, ...

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Contractions – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: Kate Wasserberg Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Mike Bartlett claims that “Plays, in order to be political, need to strive to get people to think about the systems that are behind our life,” and he absolutely achieves this with his one-act play, Contractions. Taking place in the confines of one office, the audience witnesses a number of meetings ...

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Fiji Land – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Nick Gill Director Alice Malin Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Everyone has happy memories. Ones they return to every so often, sometimes on purpose, sometimes spurred on by something seemingly unconnected that brings it all pleasingly rushing back. Unfortunately the same mechanic works for troubling or sad memories. What can provide a warming blanket will also sometimes provide a scratchy, painful ...

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Salt, Root and Roe – Clywd Theatr Cymru.

Writer : Tim Price Director : Kate Wasserberg Reviewer : Stephanie Rowe [Rating:5] No matter what tragedy happens in Wales, the Welsh will write a song about it and suddenly it all sounds fine. The poem ‘Where once the waters of your face’ by Dylan Thomas, of the endearing tale of twins from the west coast of Wales who commit ...

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