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Opening Skinner’s Box @ Bristol Old Vic (Mayest 2016) Review

‘How do we learn? Why do we believe in the unbelievable? Why do we keep doing things that hurt us?’ These are, among others, just a few of the questions which Improbable Theatre Company attempt to tackle in their Mayfest entry, Opening Skinner’s Box. Based upon the popular and controversial book by Lauren Slater, the play runs through ten of the most influential psychological experiments of the 20th century. It tackles topics of drug addiction, relationships, memory, obedience, belief, among several others.

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The Complete Deaths @ Bristol Old Vic (Mayest 2016) Review

Who had the greatest last words (and what were they?) Who had the slowest, most tedious death? Who had it coming more than anyone else? These are just a few of the questions that this latest effort from ‘four of the greatest clowns working in Britain’, claims to address. In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Spymonkey have indulged their bardic inclinations by attempting to portray all 75 onstage deaths from every one of Shakespeare’s plays through the medium of physical comedy.

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All That Fall @ The Bristol Old Vic Review

Out of Joint’s recent production of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall, directed by the renowned founder of the company, Max Stafford-Clark, is an intriguing attempt to reconcile the intimacy of a radio play with the immediacy of live performance. There is certainly a frisson of anticipation among the audience as we take our blindfolds, and many an excited exchange of glance as, following a short but warm welcome and introduction from the cast, we donned them and surrender to the darkness.

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Dead Dog in a Suitcase @ The Bristol Old Vic Review

This being my first experience of Knee High‘s work, I’m afraid I can’t compare it to their previous critically acclaimed shows. That said, if Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs) is even remotely representational, their reputation as one of Britain’s leading touring companies is spectacularly justified. 

Dead Dog - Production - Photo by Steve Tanner

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Game @ The Bristol Old Vic Review

Game is the gloriously geeky, hilariously irreverent debut show from newly formed company Unstable King, bringing their innovative mix of circus skills, encyclopaedic gaming knowledge, and rapid fire puns to the studio stage of the Bristol Old Vic for Bristol’s Circus City Festival. As a gaming enthusiast myself, seeing a theatre company prepared to champion gaming as the artistic and sociable endeavour that it’s become, I have high hopes for the piece. I am not disappointed.

Game - Unstable King - Photo by Jack Offord (2)

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L’Enfant Qui @ Bristol Old Vic Review

L’Enfant Qui comes to Bristol as part of the Circus City Festival, a show created by France/Belgium based company Theatre D’Un Jour (or ‘T1J’).  Their self-proclaimed manifesto of ‘What is the role of man in this world?’, a theme that informs the vast majority of their projects, is here analysed through the eyes of a small child lost in the woods, and the things that happen there.

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Orpheus @ The Bristol Old Vic Review

The Bristol Old Vic hosts Little Bulb Theatre, a collective of excellent singers and physical performers who retell the myth of Orpheus through the medium of a recreated Berlin cabaret club. The evening pays tribute to Django Reinhart, and the legend of Orpheus, all of which is hosted by Edith Piaf. It was an eccentric evening, to say the least.

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The Encounter @ The Bristol Old Vic Review

This may not have been a brief encounter, but it was brilliant! According to Simon McBurney, the Amazon rainforest has no regard for western time frames, and neither, apparently, does he. The Encounter took several years to write, or rather, to create, and the result relies almost entirely on sound. Each seat in the Old Vic’s main theatre is fitted with a set of headphones that feeds McBurney’s voice into our ears. The textured foam backdrop that stretches up to the ceiling not only provides a dry environment for the sound, but also allows for the clever light design to reflect both the weather, and the protagonist’s ever worsening mind set.

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Raymondo @ The Bristol Old Vic Review

The immediate impression one has on first experiencing the set of Raymondo is a positive one; the sultry light of a number of vintage lamps dimly illuminating the distressed, but homely, items of furniture create a welcoming and rather beautiful impression, while, at the same time, the slightly haunting aesthetic is redolent with the promise the imminent revelation of secrets – it is a set, in short, about story-telling.

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Blahblahblah @ The Bristol Old Vic Review

When I heard I was to be reviewing Blahblahblah, a spoken word poetry evening, my heart sank. I am ashamed to say that I considered a couple of bad experiences in GCSE English and the odd sepia-tinted recital on YouTube sufficient evidence to consign ‘modern poetry’ to my ‘self-indulgent and annoying’ pile. I confess my bigotry here in the hope that my conversion might give like-minded individuals cause pause for thought. That said, this is Bristol. I’m probably preaching to an already very well-informed choir. If so, you won’t be surprised to hear that I could not have been more wrong.

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