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Rigoletto – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Opera: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave Director: James Macdonald Revival director: Caroline Chaney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Set in the White House during the Kennedy era, James Macdonald’s revival of Verdi’s Rigoletto was first staged by Welsh National Opera seventeen years ago.  There have been a few adjustments since, and, given our present political state, the production keeps pace with ...

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Cotton Fingers – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Rachel Trezise Director: Julia Thomas Reviewer: Luke Seidel-Haas All around the world, the pro-life/pro-choice pendulum is swinging wildly from side to side. In a referendum in May 2018 The Republic of Ireland voted in a landslide result to “repeal the 8th”, allowing the Government to legislate for Abortion. Across the Atlantic, several southern states of the USA have recently ...

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Shooting Rabbits – The Sherman, Cardiff

Writer & Director: Chelsea Gillard & Jac Ifan Moore Production company: PowderHouse Reviewer: Beth Steer Set around an ‘impassioned young man’ who leaves his home in rural Wales in the middle of the night to head to Spain and fight for his beliefs, Shooting Rabbits blends a mix of Welsh, English, Spanish and Basque to illustrate the narrative. In the ...

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Awakening – The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Dance company: National Dance Company Wales Choreographers: Marcos Morau, Fernando Melo, Caroline Finn Reviewer: Beth Steer Awakening, a programme of three different dances designed to show the versatility of the fantastic National Dance Company Wales, lives up to its intention to show the audience 'diverse perspectives on the world. Broken into three parts, with two twenty minute intervals, Awakening transports ...

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The Last Five Years – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer & Composer: Jason Robert Brown Director: Angharad Lee Reviewer: Beth Steer In the latest in a series of ‘Performances for the Curious’ from the Wales Millennium Centre, Leeway Productions puts on a version of Jason Robert Brown’s musical, The Last Five Years – with a spin. Following 20-something New Yorkers Jamie (Michael Hamway), an aspiring author, and Cathy (Lauren Hood), a ...

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Cardiff Boy – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Kevin Jones Director: Matthew Holmquist Reviewer: Beth Steer Set in Porter’s The Other Room – which has been transformed into a shabby 90s boozer, complete with sticky carpets and uncomfy stools, Cardiff Boy is a one-man show about growing up in one of the Welsh capital city’s estates. Set to a 90s soundtrack, think indie Oasis, Jack Hammett as ...

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TUCK – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Alun Saunders Directors: Mared Swain & Jess Williams Reviewer: Beth Steer Using drag queens, glitz, and glamour to explore difficult, dark subjects like suicide, isolation, and loneliness, might seem like a difficult concept to make work – but TUCK smashes it out of the park. And it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Another outstanding piece of theatre from Welsh playwright Alun ...

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Lord of the Flies – The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Written by: William Golding Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: Beth Steer Set on a remote island, where a group of crash-landed school children are creating a new, temporary, and terrifying society, Lord of the Flies is every bit as enthralling as it is uncomfortable. As the kids ‘rip up the rule book and start all over again’, their island adventures soon turn into a chilling, ...

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