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Friday, October 11, 2019

Y Cylch Sialc review at Portland House, Cardiff – ‘affecting and energetic Brechtian staging’ by Nicholas Davies

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Wales’ Welsh-language national theatre company) tackles a seminal piece of European drama in this new translation of Brecht’s The

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

On Bear Ridge review at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff – ‘Rhys Ifans shines in Ed Thomas’ new play’ by Nicholas Davies

A premiere of an Ed Thomas play is a rare event. It’s been 15 years since his last play and three decades

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Friday, September 20, 2019

National Dance Company Wales: ‘There are many parallels between dancers and rugby players’ by Nicholas Davies

As the Rugby World Cup gets underway in Japan, the National Dance Company Wales is going the extra mile to support its

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

A Night in the Clink review at Clink Restaurant, Cardiff – ‘affecting and poignant prison drama’ by Nicholas Davies

The Clink is one of Cardiff’s best restaurants and, attached to the city’s prison, it’s staffed by prisoners in the last phase

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A year on, has National Theatre Wales responded to Welsh theatremakers’ criticisms? by Nicholas Davies

Twelve months after an open letter protested at National Theatre Wales’ apparent disregard for Wales-based artists, Nicholas Davies looks at the progress

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Meet the Welsh-language theatremakers putting gender equality first by Nicholas Davies

As one of the first countries to have equal gender representation at parliament level, Wales has a cultural history of equality, reflected

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Nicholas Davies: Kully Thiarai is leaving NTW just as relations with Welsh artists are improving by Nicholas Davies

When, three years ago, Kully Thiarai was named artistic director of National Theatre Wales, she immediately signalled her intention to work with

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Lose Yourself review at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff – ‘gripping exploration of celebrity’ by Nicholas Davies

Katherine Chandler’s play is, for the most part, a gripping three-hander. Three people’s lives hurtle towards the sweet release of a booze-filled

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Peeling review at Redhouse Cymru, Merthyr Tydfil – ‘thought-provoking and entertaining’ by Nicholas Davies

After 10 years of creating outdoor plays involving D/deaf and physically disabled actors (performing in spaces as unlikely as woodland and castles),

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Taming of the Shrew review at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff – ‘Startlingly relevant’ by Nicholas Davies

Jo Clifford takes on one of Shakespeare’s more troublesome plays in this re-imagining of The Taming of the Shrew, co-produced by Sherman

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Blue review at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff – ‘a top-class cast’ by Nicholas Davies

Blue is the first fully-fledged new production for young theatre company, Chippy Lane Productions. It’s a classic premise: a very domestic drama

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Woof review at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff – ‘gripping, visceral new writing’ by Nicholas Davies

Sherman Theatre’s artist development programme bears fruit in this gripping new play by its most recent graduates, writer Elgan Rhys and director

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Beauty and the Beast review at New Theatre, Cardiff – ‘pleasing panto’ by Nicholas Davies

The New Theatre’s panto combines genuine musical and comedy talent with affable rugby hero, Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas. Alfie’s slowly becoming a stage

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Cheer review at the Other Room, Cardiff – ‘a cynical anti-Christmas comedy’ by Nicholas Davies

The Other Room pub theatre has created a Christmas tradition of offering a grown-up ‘anti-panto’ as an antidote to the usual family-oriented

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Last Five Year review at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – ‘visually and musically compelling’ by Nicholas Davies

Jason Robert Brown’s glorious 2001 musical, exploring a couple’s passionate yet doomed relationship from each partner’s perspective, has seen a number of

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Cardiff Boy review at the Other Room – ‘nostalgic and evocative’ by Nicholas Davies

Kevin Jones’ one-man play, Cardiff Boy, is a love letter to the 1990s – a spirited monologue that plays to an evocative

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Exodus review at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff – ‘heart-warming and lyrical’ by Nicholas Davies

It’s unlikely that a play exploring such diverse themes as unemployment, suicide, deprivation and Brexit will ever evoke as much as joy

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Awkward Years review at the Other Room, Cardiff – ‘funny and unsettling’ by Nicholas Davies

The Other Room’s latest season kicks off with a stripped-back, one-woman play that is both funny and unsettling. Lily (Lauren O’Leary) is

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Friday, July 13, 2018

For All I Care review at Venue 1, Tredegar – ‘powerful and political’ by Nicholas Davies

This new play by Alan Harris is one of National Theatre Wales’ five Love Letters to the NHS. Its location could not

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Stick-Maker Tales review at Pavilion Mid Wales, Llandrindod Wells – ‘an ode to the NHS’ by Nicholas Davies

National Theatre Wales’ The Stick-Maker Tales is one of five monologues – Love Letters to the NHS – each performed in different

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

English review at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – ‘a conversation about language’ by Nicholas Davies

Quarantine and National Theatre Wales are natural bedfellows, two trailblazers in representing their communities as much as the performing arts sector. Their

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Mydidae review at the Other Room, Cardiff – ‘a confident production’ by Nicholas Davies

For its first ever production, new company OtherLife tackles Jack Thorne’s 2012 two-hander. Marian and David are a young middle-class couple, seemingly

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Monday, April 30, 2018

The Effect review at the Other Room, Cardiff – ‘a taut revival, terrifically performed’ by Nicholas Davies

Love, science, trust and ethics all collide in Lucy Prebble’s intelligent 2012 play, The Effect, set in a pharmaceutical trial facility. It’s

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock review at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff – ‘charm and warmth’ by Nicholas Davies

After a proud 200-year history of shipbuilding at Pembroke Dock, it’s a curious fact that the last vessel to be constructed there

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

All But Gone review at the Other Room, Cardiff – ‘refreshingly hopeful’ by Nicholas Davies

The question of whether forbidden love can survive the ravages of dementia places Matthew Trevannion’s new play squarely at the centre of

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