Author: Brad Channer

Hair, New Theatre Cardiff

22nd April 2019

Hair is one of those shows where if you ask a member of the public what they know about it, they would say – Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine in and Hippies. When Hair was first performed in 1969, it would have left its audiences in shock. It was written as an almost ‘educational’ shock […]

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Romeo and Juliet, Royal Shakespeare Company, New Theatre, Cardiff

8th March 2019

With the current surge of knife crime in the UK, you can somewhat half see the idea that director Erica Whyman was going for with this latest RSC production of Romeo and Juliet. This is a modern take of the play set in 2019. It sees gender roles swapped in characters, rave music in the […]

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Frankenstein, Cascade Dance Theatre

22nd November 2018

In celebration of the 200-year anniversary of Mary Shelley’s epic story ‘Frankenstein’, Cascade Dance Theatre has produced its own version of this revolutionary tale using contemporary dance, spoken storytelling, projection, lighting and live music to tell this harrowing story. Saying this, however, I feel there are some major weaknesses in the show that can be addressed […]

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Last Five Years, Leeway Productions, Wales Millennium Centre

19th November 2018

This latest production of Jason Robert Browns epic show The Last Five Years was produced by Leeway Productions and directed by Angharad Lee.  The Last Five Years is a brilliant show written by Jason Robert Brown based on his own life and first marriage.  It is a heart wrenching piece of work, that tells the […]

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35 Times, Mercury Theatre Wales, Bethan Morgan

17th September 2018

35 Times is a six hander, immersive piece about domestic violence, set in a woman’s refuge in the Welsh Valleys. The story was written by Bethan Morgan, by taking personal stories of women, over a vast range of ages, who have been physically and mentally abused by men. It is very hard to watch a […]

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Summer Holiday, Wales Millennium Centre

17th August 2018

Based on the 1963 iconic film, Summer Holiday is a typical Jukebox musical, to the music of Cliff Richard. Its story line follows four friends who decide to take a London Bus on a European tour for their summer break. Along the way they meet three girls who are stranded and a pop star who […]

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Cinderella, Ballet Cymru, The Riverfront

8th August 2018

After its successful run in 2015, Cinderella, performed by Ballet Cymru has not lost its magical spirit. An incredibly well thought through production, that incorporates film and soundscapes to create a beautifully haunting cinematic feel that honours the Grim Brothers original dark tale, while keeping it light, friendly and targeted at their target audience, children. […]

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For All I Care, NHS70, National Theatre Wales

2nd August 2018

‘For All I Care’ is a 1-hour, 1 woman show set in and performed in Tredegar, the home of the NHS as birthplace of its founder Aneurin Bevan. It follows the story of Clara, a mentally unwell shoplifter from Tredegar, who is in and out of the mental health system and her nurse Nyri, (gettit?) […]

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