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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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