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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Robin Hood review at the Old Market Theatre, Hove – ‘rousing and resourceful’ by Bella Todd

New Mutiny Theatre has been a company to watch since it reframed Romeo and Juliet for young audiences in 2013. Graduates of

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The Winslow Boy review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘a tension-less revival’ by Bella Todd

The centenary of the women’s vote is presumably the hook for this touring revival of one of Terence Rattigan’s best-known plays. Among

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Jungle Book review Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘joyfully inclusive’ by Bella Todd

There’s a flavour of the concrete jungle about this new musical take on Kipling’s classic from the Chichester Festival Theatre-led Children’s Touring

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Friday, December 22, 2017

The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio review at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton – ‘wooden’ by Bella Todd

The title of Brighton’s only professional pantomime may not be worth having at all costs. Director James Weisz and writer Patric Kearns

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Dick Whittington and His Cat review at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne – ‘an excellent cast’ by Bella Todd

Packing something for everyone into a joyfully unified whole is no mean feat. Sixteen years in to producing Eastbourne Theatres’ in-house panto,

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Pavilion Theatre, Worthing – ‘pop-filled commercial panto’ by Bella Todd

Worthing Theatres’ annual Christmas show has established itself as a pop-filled commercial panto with some of the spirit of community theatre. Snow

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Friday, October 6, 2017

The Four Men review at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing – ‘evocative eulogy to Sussex’ by Bella Todd

It may be an elegiac period piece about the dwindling of country ways and the autumn of life. But this new touring

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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Stepmother review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘a feminist triumph’ by Bella Todd

The credit for unearthing this 1924 play rests with Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre, which staged the UK professional premiere in 2013. But

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Monday, July 24, 2017

The House They Grew Up In review at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester – ‘subtle and surprising’ by Bella Todd

Deborah Bruce’s The House They Grew Up In is a subtle and surprising play that turns from the bleakest of comedies into

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

How learning-disabled artists are fighting to be taken seriously by Bella Todd

How do we critique theatre by artists with learning difficulties? Are these performers regarded as less able than those with physical disabilities? Bella

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sweet Bird of Youth review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘slow-moving’ by Bella Todd

Despite starring two leading American actors and being directed by Jonathan Kent, but the standout feature of this Tennessee Williams production is

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Endings review at Old Market Theatre, Brighton – ‘highly personal’ by Bella Todd

Love and sex generally get more stage time, but the most intimate moment we will share with anyone is likely to be

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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Life and Death of Puppet King Richard II review at the Cave, Brighton – ‘impishly creative’ by Bella Todd

This pocket epic takes place at an atmospheric new venue at the Brighton Fringe. The Cave is a tiny walled courtyard in

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Five Short Blasts review at Brighton Marina – ‘gently meditative’ by Bella Todd

Though this is the first Brighton Festival show for which sick bags have ever been provided, it also proves to be one

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

To Belong review at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton – ‘richly uninhibited’ by Bella Todd

Nirvana’s Come As You Are is the perfect opener for this Belgian dance piece about what it means to be part of

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Thrive review at Old Market Theatre, Brighton – ‘humorous and energetic’ by Bella Todd

Theatre has always embraced trauma. Less familiar to the stage is the subject of post-traumatic growth. Through their work with young people,

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Monday, December 12, 2016

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan at Pavilion Theatre, Worthing – ‘plenty to enjoy’ by Bella Todd

As a 40-year-old man who made his name shouting “Bogies!” in public places, Richard McCourt is neat casting for a show about

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Beauty and the Beast review at 88 London Road, Brighton – ‘a sense of fun’ by Bella Todd

Brighton’s only professional panto for a fourth year running could hardly have been staged in tougher circumstances. In January, 88 London Road

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Edward Fox stars in Sand in the Sandwiches – review at Minerva Theatre, Chichester by Bella Todd

Edward Fox has played a number of repressed but essentially kindly aristocrats over his career. So this new one-man play about John

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Half A Sixpence, Chichester Festival Theatre by Bella Todd

Watching Cameron Mackintosh’s joyful revision of this Sixties musical, it’s possible to believe for a moment that all the world needs now is love sweet love and a shit-ton of banjos. Wit…

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Ross, Chichester Festival Theatre by Bella Todd

Thought Terrence Rattigan was a playwright of the drawing room? Think again. A day after his defining work The Deep Blue Sea opened in an acclaimed revival at the National, Chichester Festiv…

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Edward Bond: 'The most obscene thing I've seen recently is Slumdog Millionaire' by Bella Todd

In a recent event on the Brighton fringe, playwright Edward Bond discussed the horrors of being bombed, children's need for theatre – and why he's so angry about the 'Bollywoodisation' of …

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Brighton Festival: Operation Black Antler, secret location by Bella Todd

You’ve arrived at a party in a pub, tagging along with a guy you just met. You’re attempting to catch the barman’s eye, while scouting for a friendly face. The band declares that every…

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Brighton Festival: Digging For Shakespeare, Roedale Allotments by Bella Todd

Of all the 400th anniversary tributes to Shakespeare, this ramble through an allotment just outside Brighton has to be one of the oddest, and most unexpectedly moving. Brighton Festival has …

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

An Enemy of the People, Chichester Festival Theatre by Bella Todd

If Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes were (a lot) more like Ibsen, our national viewing habits would be in good hands. But then, as the hero of ‘An Enemy of the People’ discovers, pr…

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Blog: Where are the artists with learning disabilities in the diversity debate? by Bella Todd

Where are the artists with learning disabilities in the debate about diversity? What does work by young people with learning disabilities have to teach the artistic mainstream? With a showca…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Travels with My Aunt, Chichester Festival Theatre by Bella Todd

Smoking weed on the Orient Express. Drinking at a brothel in Paris. Tricking the military police in Istanbul. Smuggling a Da Vinci into Paraguay. As travel itineraries go, it’s certainly n…

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Feature: Why are learning disabled artists under-represented? by Bella Todd

Why is the work of learning disabled artists under-represented in the wider arts world – and why does this matter? This was the question driving yesterday’s Creative Minds conference, a…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Five stars in their eyes: can you trust unpaid theatre critics? by Bella Todd

Everyone's a critic these days - so how do you sort the wheat from the chaff? And who is reviewing the reviewers?

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Life is sweat in the theatre by Bella Todd

Performers should take inspiration from their perspiration. Sweat is a good sign that something physical is at stake

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Drawing conclusions: the fine line between theatre and art by Bella Todd

Sue MacLaine's play about Francis Bacon's muse invites the audience to bring sketchpads. What is it about painting on stage?In May, performer and playwright

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