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Features Published 26 April 2017

Exeunt Recommends (Apr 26, 2017)

We pick the best new and returning shows to see this week, based on our writers' recommendations.
Exeunt Staff
Cock and Bull at the Manchester Royal Exchange.

Cock and Bull at the Manchester Royal Exchange.

London

New shows: Romeo and Juliet (The Globe, £5-£45) opens Emma Rice’s last season before the beigeness descends – it’s directed by new ENO artistic director Daniel Kramer, and has a present-day setting inspired by the Columbine shootings.

Hotbed (Camden People’s Theatre, £5-£12) is a festival of performance about sex, headlined by Louise Orwin’s Oh Yes, Oh No – her previous show A Girl and a Gun was a slick, subtly nasty exploration of movie-industry misogyny, so seeing her explore how you can separate porn and female sexuality is an exciting prospect.

City of Glass (Lyric Hammersmith, £15-£40), a futuristic cult novel adapted by Duncan Macmillan, looks like it’s worth a trip for the amazing-looking film noir-inspired digital projection alone.

We saw and loved: Cock and Bull (Southbank Centre, £15, £7.50 concs) is Nic Green’s political performance. It’s basically sent everyone who’s seen it into polysyllabic paroxysms of joy – Catherine Love’s Exeunt review called it a “a ritual of collective catharsis”. And now we’re back in election mode, it’s as relevant now as it was two years ago.

Nuclear War (Royal Court, £12-£25) is an unusual thing: a text by Simon Stephens, adapted by choreographer Imogen Knight, in an “un-privileging of the word, the text, the writer…a performance which is sensuously rich in every direction” (read Holly Williams’ review here).

Ross & Rachel (BAC, £12.50, £10 concs) is a monologue by James Fritz, performed by Molly Vevvers,. It’s an artful, emotionally intense riff on Friends that “drags our pre-determined cultural norms across the coals” (read Sally Hales’ review here).

TANK by Breach Theatre

TANK by Breach Theatre

Bristol

New shows: Skint Festival (The Island, £4) is a chance to see some bargain basement new theatre, housed in an old prison.

Medea (Bristol Old Vic, £9.50-£30) is a play that’s been staged a lot of late but this one looks extra-interesting – it’s an all-female version of Euripedes story, and is playwright Chino Odimba’s follow-up to her intriguing debut Amongst the Reeds for Clean Break (Exeunt review here).

We saw and loved: Tank (Wardrobe Theatre, £8) continues the super-cheap-theatre-in-Bristol trend but is also just amazing. Lauren Mooney’s review for Exeunt called it “deeply weird and completely fascinating”, as you might expect for a devised show about a young woman who lives with a highly-sexed adolescent dolphin.

Bucket List at York Theatre Royal. Photo: Alex Brenner.

Bucket List at York Theatre Royal. Photo: Alex Brenner.

Manchester

New shows: How My Light Is Spent (Royal Exchange, £12, £10 concs) is Alan Harris’s 2015 intriguing-sounding Bruntwood Prize-winning play about a Newport man who starts to disappear, staged in a co-production with the Sherman and Theatre by the Lake.

We saw and loved: Bucket List (Lowry Theatre, £14.50-£16.50) is Theatre Ad Infinitum’s “finely-tuned” physical theatre exploration of a teenage factory worker’s journey to bring down her oppressors (read Louise Jones’ Exeunt review here).

VOID, Dance International Glasgow. Photo: Neil Davidson.

VOID, Dance International Glasgow. Photo: Neil Davidson.

Glasgow

New shows/We saw and loved: Dance International Glasgow (Tramway, £12, £9 concs) is on for the next few weeks – it’s already included Liz Agiss’s Slap and Tickle, a “wilfully raucous, often unnerving meditation on the reductive labels that limit the development and growth of girls” (read Lorna Irvine’s review here) and VOID, which took dance inspired by Ballard to a derelict city space, with unexpected heckles from passers by (read Andy Edwards review here).

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