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35 Times – Volcano Theatre, Swansea

Writer/ Director: Bethan Morgan Reviewer: Jaclyn Martin Statistically, a woman suffers physical assault from a partner on average 35 times before reporting it. A fact from which this production arises. The subject of domestic abuse is not an easy topic to address. It’s a subject that is often only talked about in hushed tones and still considered taboo. It takes ...

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Blavatsky’s Tower – Volcano Theatre, Swansea

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Peter Scott Reviewer:Jaclyn Martin   Everyone thinks their families are normal, relatively speaking. Sometimes the only way to see things clearly is to see it through the eyes of someone else. The arrival of a doctor into the lives of the Blavatsky family shake up the world they have always known; A world contained entirely in ...

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Grounded – Arts Wing, Grand Theatre, Swansea

Writer: George Brant Director: Lynn Hunter Reviewer: Denis Lennon As an audience member, when you walk across the front of the set of Grounded to take your seat, you will be forgiven for thinking that Tent of Xerxes’ production team haven’t really thought about the set too much. But this is not the case. As you enter there is a ...

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Faust – Harrogate Theatre

Composer: Charles Gounod Director/Set Designer: Brendan Wheatley Conductor: John Beswick Reviewer: Ron Simpson Swansea City Opera’s production of Gounod’s Faust makes it clear why it has traditionally been one of the most popular operas in the mainstream repertoire, but has lost favour, certainly in this country. The great set-piece arias – all well sung in this production – must have ...

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Dylan Thomas: Return Journey – Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Bob Kingdom Original Direction: Anthony Hopkins Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4] “Good evening, culture vultures.” A single black podium, barely distinguishable from the black set, stands alone on an empty stage. With his polka dot bowtie, blue deck shoes (for a quick getaway), big hair and a red nose, Bob Kingdom as the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas is vaguely clown-esque ...

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WHAT’S HOT – 7th May 2012

There's a real focus on the quality of writing in theatre at the moment, and up and down the country productions are being staged that celebrate the power of writing. From brand new plays to classics, to plays looking at writers themselves - the word is King. Catherine Love sharpens her pen and picks five of the best playing this ...

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