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PREVIEW: 2016 – A look ahead

2015 was a thrilling rollercoaster ride for the theatre scene, with more venues programming exciting and risk-taking productions that complemented a more traditional slate of work. We saw artistic directors leave venues for pastures new and then, in return, gain new visionaries for the future. So as we stand on the precipice of 2016, what theatrical delights await? We asked ...

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The Rivals – The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Director: Christopher Scott Reviewer: Michelle Grady [rating:3] When Sheridan’s comedy of manners was first performed in 1775, it received a somewhat steely reception – so much so that the playwright made several revisions, after which it went down a storm and was widely considered to be one of his best works. The Rivals is set in ...

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The Bear – Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writers: Angela Clerkin &Lee Simpson Director: Lee Simpson Reviewer: Samuel Shelton [Rating:2.5] In the scantly lit smoky haze wails a single trumpet, Angela Clerkin’s voice is projected in a gritty L.A film noir accent. Lurking in this haze growling and snuffling is the bear. “It wasn’t me. The bear did it” exclaims the accused, is he telling the truth? The ...

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The Count of Monte Cristo – Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Alexandre Dumas Director: Andy Burden Reviewer: Samuel Shelton [Rating:4] The unbelievable plot of The Count of Monte Cristo is rinsed and sieved to give this stunning, captivatingly brave rendition of the ultimate revenge story. Company Boudin uses tables, chairs and a heap of disguises to form, from the memory of Cuban factory workers, the complex plot of Edmond Dante ...

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Rumpelstiltskin – Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Mike Kenny. Director: Sarah Brigham Music: Ivan Stott Reviewer: Samuel Shelton [Rating:4] “Drip drop, drip drop” when will Rumplestiltskin’s naughtiness stop, never! This wholesome classic, written by Mike Kenny, resembles opening a leather-bound book of fables and having the pages wiggle and pop to life. Fairies fly with retractable wings, Kings, Queens, mills, drums, stomps and the naughty little ...

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Money The Game Show – Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer/Director: Clare Duffy Music: Matt Angove &David Edwards Reviewer: Samuel Shelton [rating:4.5] Debt is not fun. Say that to a packed Brewery Theatre at the Tobacco Factory, you’ll be corrected. Clair Duffy’s Money The Game Show is a daring tragi-comedy that is full of heart and knowledge. 10000 pounds in one pound coins lay dormant in a surprisingly small pile ...

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What the Dickens? – Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writers: Abigail Anderson, Mark Conway, Neil Haigh &Emily Murphy Lyrics: Emily Murphy Director: Abigail Anderson Reviewer: Michelle Grady [rating:4.5] Have you ever wondered what Charles Dickens got up to before he penned literary classics? Well, here Gonzo Moose – known for their hit comedy shows such as Is That A Bolt In Your Neck?, Grimm And Grimmer, and I’m an ...

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