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Disco Pigs – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Cathal Cleary Reviewer: David Jobson Enda Walsh, a prolific Irish playwright, is well known for helping to adapt the film Once into a musical. His plays, though, verge towards absurdist comedy, and it is no different with this revival of one of his earliest works, Disco Pigs. Still, it's a play worth reviving to explore today’s ...

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Pride and Prejudice (With 2 Actors) – Exeter Northcott

Writer: Jane Austen Adapter: Joannah Tincey Director: Abigail Anderson Reviewer: Jodie Russell Very few would or could dare to think that Jane Austen’s phenomenal novel Pride and Prejudice, filled with deeply rich characters and relationships, could be replicated with the same wit and complexity by just two people alone. Nevertheless, Joannah Tincey and Nick Underwood perform all of this with ...

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WNO: Macbeth – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Conductor: Adriy Yurkevych Reviewer: Kris Hallett The King is Dead! Long live the King! Just like in the Shakespearean telling, Verdi’s operatic version of the Scottish play sticks close to the parallel journeys its protagonists go on, Macbeth from unsure war hero to despotic dictator and his wife from cold-eyed pragmatist to tragic heroine. Just like the ...

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Spaghetti! – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writers and Directors: Pod Farlow and Emily LeQuesne Reviewer : Joan Phillips A case of Gerry Anderson meets Sergio Leone in Croon Productions’ Spaghetti! running at Bristol’s Wardrobe Theatre. Loosely based on Leone’s The Good, Tthe Bad and The Ugly, Croon Productions use rod puppets to play out the chases across the desert and the gunfights between the bad guy, ...

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An Evening With An Immigrant – The Cube Microplex, Bristol

Writer, Performer and Director: Inua Ellams Reviewer: Chris Oldham At the beginning of the night, Inua Ellams explains that An Evening With An Immigrant is more of a conversation than a performance, and warns his audience that it contains a fair amount of navel-gazing. Modesty? Perhaps. Selling himself short? Definitely. Ellams is an established playwright and poet, having won an ...

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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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Heads Will Roll – Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Created by: Told By An Idiot Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Joan Phillips ‘A complete mash-up’ of myth, children’s story, colonial history and TV soap opera is probably the best way to describe Told By An Idiot’s Heads Will Roll co-produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth. This wonderfully silly idea converges the legends around the mythical city of El Dorado, ancient stories ...

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Don Giovanni – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Translator: Amanda Holden Director/Designer: Richard Studer Conductor: Jonathan Lyness Reviewer: Kris Hallet One of the great joys in attending opera is the sheer opulence of it. With its large casts, generous orchestras and a set budget that would keep a Premier League footballer fed for a number of weeks, it is easy ...

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