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Love, Loss & Chianti, Riverside Studios – Review

This pair of stylistically different but equally affecting 50 minute pieces by Christopher Reid are well-pitched to straddle the interface between poetry and drama. The first, Scatterings, is an ode to a middle-aged man’s late wife. Tender and mournful, its poignancy is somehow elevated by an absence of rage. Robert Bathurst has just the right sonorous tones for the part, and when Rebecca Johnson joins him to enact reminiscences from a holiday in Crete, or later hospital episodes (there’s a ...

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Sex Cells, Riverside Studios – Review

Anna LongarettiDirected by James Barry ★★★★ Pros: A very easy production to watch. It is perfectly balanced and hits all the right notes on motherhood without pointing out the obvious or portraying mothers as martyrs. Cons: If you aren’t a mum, some of the story might not have the same effect on you. However, this is the only minor con I can find. Our Verdict: A truly well performed, directed and written play which is worth two hours away from ...

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The Speed Twins, Riverside Studio 3 – Review

Maureen ChadwickDirected by Simon Evans★★★★ Pros: Creative, hilarious and unique, with a seasoned cast and great set. Cons: The plot arc felt quite abrupt, characters didn’t seem fully formed. Our Verdict: An innovative and thoughtful story of lost love as well as a relevant reflection on what it means to be a lesbian, a mother and a woman. It’s well worth your time! Credit: Catherine Ashmore Riverside Studios has a penchant for hosting excellent and varied new work, recently having ...

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and the Crowd (wept), Riverside Studios

Afsaneh GreyMusic by Erick Flores Directed by Pia Furtado★★★ Pros: Engaging, hilarious and tragic at the same time with enormous skills on stage. It definitely will get you thinking about society and morals. Cons: Direction is a bit confusing at times and the aptly orchestrated noise on stage could get on your nerves after a while. Our Verdict: A play with great potential that is more about society’s obsession with celebrities than an obsessive celebration of Jade Goody.  Courtesy of ...

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Hutch, Riverside Studios

Joe Evans Directed by Linnie Reedman ★★★ Pros: An interesting story and the music, costumes and set really evoke the atmosphere of the time. The Halbwelt Kultur troupe of chorus girls are a definite highlight– they are fab! Cons: The drama lacks depth and the second act is a bit lengthy. The performance of the title role isn’t quite dynamic enough to do justice to such a charismatic character. Our Verdict: In the program, author Charlotte Breese describes Hutch as ...

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