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HEARTLANDS – Edinburgh Fringe

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In a multi-layered and engaging performance, Urban Fox Theatre Company deliver a wonderfully warm and intimate insight into modern life and modern relationships.

We’re constantly connecting every hour of every day craving that real connection, but are often left facing a void. In Dave Fargnoli’s new play, Heartlands, Charlie Souter and Mari Klee take us on a journey of self discovery. We span their lives in an all too short hour and they show us what might just be the meaning of life.

THE BOOKBINDER – Edinburgh Fringe

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There’s something that seems to be missing from modern fairytales. They’re often seen as moral codes, where good always triumphs and the hero always wins the day. And that’s often still the case, but in an increasingly cartoonised world, they’ve become a little too nice, they’ve become a little too safe.

THE BOOKBINDER – Edinburgh Fringe

In Children's theatre, Reviews by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

There’s something that seems to be missing from modern fairytales. They’re often seen as moral codes, where good always triumphs and the hero always wins the day. And that’s often still the case, but in an increasingly cartoonised world, they’ve become a little too nice, they’ve become a little too safe.

CAROUSEL – Touring

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Opera North’s production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel is a curious combination of drama, dance and song that on occasion both hits and misses the mark.

Meant to be a story about love, loss and redemption, this version feels more like a story about anger, resentment and possibly the glorification of domestic abuse.

Opening on a busy fairground scene, we meet the protagonists of the tale: fairground barker Billy Bigelow played by Keith Higham and millworker Julie Jordon, played by Gillene Butterfield. Among the magic of the carousel – and it really is a magical and stunningly visual set designed by Anthony Ward – Billy and Julie seemingly fall in love, losing both of their jobs in the process.