Theatre review: Fagin’s Twist @Circomedia, Bristol

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Energetic, brutal and beautiful, Avant Garde Dance’s Oliver Twist is not nearly as well-mannered as the Oliver we’re familiar with. This Oliver doesn’t ask for more, he demands it.

Circomedia’s unique stage is the perfect place for an urban retelling of Dickens’ tale of poverty, crime and homelessness. Read the full review in Bristol 24/7…

Theatre Review – Jack Thorne’s junkyard at Bristol Old Vic

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Often the hardest stories to tell are the most simple. Junkyard’s wonderfully guileless and direct plot is so disarming that you cannot help but be drawn in by its innocence.

From acclaimed Bristol writer Jack Thorne (This is EnglandLet the Right One In), Junkyard is a musical like none you’ve ever seen.

Read the full review in Bristol24/7

Help! Review of Viki Browne’s play at Wardrobe Theatre

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It takes a brave woman to stand in front of a room full of strangers in a skin-coloured leotard. It takes an even braver woman (and one with a bloody good sense of humour) to wear a leotard and confess that she needs help. Because, well, that makes you look like you do. 

And that’s the whole point to Bristol performer Viki Browne’s bizarre, touching and engaging one-woman show.

Read my full review in Bristol 24/7 mag…

Review – Living Spit’s A Christmas Carol

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We all know the tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his wicked ways as well as we know there will be a family fallout over Christmas dinner. We’ve heard it a hundred times, from actors ranging from Alastair Sim to Michael Caine and Gonzo from The Muppets. However, Stu McLoughlin and Howard Coggins add a whole new twist to the festive tale in Living Spit’s version.

Read the full review in Bristol 24/7…

Review: Red Rope Theatre’s Dracula at Arnos Vale

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Walking up the dark and misty moonlit path to Arnos Vale’s Anglican Chapel, past silhouetted graves and toward the light, you can’t help but be in the mood for horror.

There could hardly be a better place to immerse yourself in a familiar Gothic tale of the undead than this beautiful and foreboding cemetery on a dark and blustery November night.

Read the full review in Bristol 24/7…

Theatre review – Muscovado @Alma Tavern

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An unflinchingly big topic for an unfeasibly small stage, it’s hard to do BurntOut Theatre’s Muscovado the justice it deserves in a short review.

Playwright Matilda Ibini transports us to the sugar-cane plantations of Barbados during the dying throes of slavery, with the Slavery Abolition Act about to be passed. Plantation owners Miss Kitty (Clemmie Reynolds) and her husband, the threatening Captain, are struggling to keep control over their slaves in the face of a rapidly changing social landscape.

Read the full review in Bristol 24/7…

Theatre Review – Under the Dark Moon @Bristol Old Vic

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Sinister, tragic and hopeful in equal measure, Under the Dark Moon sees Bristol’s wonderfully creative Invisible Circus leading us on an adventure through our fears.

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Theatre Review – Vitomori @Alma Tavern

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The latest dig at the ‘popular’ crowd from writer/producer Christopher Cutting, Vitomori tells the tale of a thousand-year-old vampire who has just discovered the power of social media.

Read the full review here

Review – Jean-Luc Picard & Me

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Review of the rather fab and very talented Ellen Waddell’s show at the Alma Tavern… Ever thought the Captain of the Enterprise was watching over you, giving you guidance?

No. Thought not.

Review for Guide2Bristol here, and interview with Ellen about why on earth she came up with such a unique topic!

Under the Dark Moon – The Invisible Circus Review

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Macabre, melancholy and magically entertaining… Roll up, roll up as The Invisible Circus takes you on a journey through your fears

In their typically unique style, Under the Dark Moon is an equally sinister and optimistic performance that tells the fears of five tortured souls and playfully mocks the awful hold self-doubt can have over your life if you let it.

Read the full review in Guide2Bristol here.