AFTER MISS JULIE at the Theatre Royal Bath

Theatre Royal Bath Dress Rehearsal May 2016
After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber Directed by Anthony Banks 
Designer Philip Gladwell Lighting Designer Colin Richmond
Helen George/ Miss Julie  Richard Flood/ John
Amy Cudden/ Christine
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Strindberg wanted to portray flesh and blood people with all the varied and unpredictable behaviors we see in real-life. He rejected the idea that characters should be representative of just one motivation, such as ‘fidelity’ or ‘revenge’. Consequently they are multi-layered and quixotic. Patrick Marber has stayed true to the spirit of Strindberg’s intentions, and both Miss Julie and John are written as complex characters driven by many different and often contradictory motives.

HORRIBLE HISTORIES at the Bristol Hippodrome

Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders - Horrible Histories by The Birmingham Stage Company

CREATIVES
Director - Neal Foster

Designer - Jackie Trousdale

Lighting - Jason Taylor

Music - Matthew Scott

Sound - Nick Sagar

Choreography - Kenn Oldfield

Casting - Kay Magson

Assistant Designer - Millie Else

Production Manager  - Adrian Littlejohns

Company Stage Manager - April Sarson

Deputy Stage Manager - Simon Batho

Wardrobe Supervisor - Tony Priestly

Touring Wardrobe - Nicole Hicks & Jane Stoner

Vocal Coach - Matthew Shaw

CAST
Evelyn Adams

Tom Moores

Holly Morgan

Elliot Fitzpatrick

Andrew Alton - Understudy

It’s an entertaining show, with all the elements of Horrible Histories storytelling that two generations have now come to know and love. But whereas the original drawings of illustrator Martin Brown have provided so much warmth to the character of the books, the introduction of top-of-the-range digital effects is possibly in danger of stealing this show, making it a little too slick. But despite this, this Horrible Histories staging remains a fun way to swallow some cool facts at a young age.

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at the Everyman Cheltenham

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In theory, E Nesbit’s classic story has all the ingredients and potential for a very successful stage show. There are endearing characters, nice locations and the opportunity for some amazing special effect and there is even an ending weepy enough to ensure a lot of damp hankies . . . Talking Scarlet has produced an ambitious musical adaptation which just scrapes by, but only by the skin of its teeth . . .

THE BEST THING at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

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Vamos are masters of body language. Wearing full-face masks, not a word is spoken throughout the 80-minute performance. Yet we know exactly what is in the minds of the players, and what they are conveying to one another. In the hunch of a shoulder, the flick of a head, or the fidgeting of fingers, not only do we get all the narrative we need, but the layers that language can introduce are stripped away, leaving us with pure essence of character . . .

NOBODY’S HOME at the Everyman Studio, Cheltenham

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The bath, which dominates the stage, is used to good effect, being able to spawn and conceal figures from Grant’s damaged mind like a clever magician. The bath (a means of self-cleansing, geddit?) is, wouldn’t you just know it, blocked. Despite numerous entreaties by Penny and the liberal use of a plunger, it remains so until the end . . . Theatre Témoin is an original and innovative young company whose heart is undoubtedly in the right place . . .

INVINCIBLE at the Birmingham Rep

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Haughty, hyper-liberal Emily (Emily Bowker) and fumbling Oliver (Alistair Whatley) are facing financial difficulties and relocate their small family from London to an undefined northern town in order to pinch pennies and live around what Emily so condescendingly calls “real people.” Here they meet their new neighbours – quiet receptionist Dawn (an under-utilised Kerry Bennett) and motor-mouthed postman Alan (Graeme Brookes). Both are true locals. Dawn has never moved street – she was born across the road.

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S at Bath Theatre Royal

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You wouldn’t know it, but Emily Atack is making her stage debut in this recast touring production from Leicester’s Curve Theatre. She has not allowed the iconic status of the character of Holly Golightly to prevent her from making the part her own. She captures that breezy self-belief of the mildly delusional in her portrayal of the country girl who has come to the big city with a dream and remade herself – name and all – as a fashionable socialite with no visible means of support beyond the men of various shapes and sizes who fall under her spell.

Preview of KING LEAR at Birmingham Rep

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An epic new version of Shakespeare’s King Lear plays at Birmingham Repertory Theatre commemorating 400 years since the playwright’s death. A co-production between Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company, and in association with The REP, King Lear is a brutal portrait of a man unravelling – pitted against his daughters, against nature and against the universe itself.