REVIEW | Genesis | Forward Theatre

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK,  1 in 9 women and 1 in 1000 men in the UK will develop the disease in their lifetime. After Charlotte Bennett, Artistic Director of Forward Theatre Project met actor Morag Siller who had incurable breast cancer. They decided to work together to create a production that raises awareness of prevention.

It’s a contemporary production that tells the story of genetic testing for breast cancer, set in a modern household in which the mother Rachel (Helen Bradbury) is a leading geneticis. After dedicating her life to discovering these genes that mean your chances of having breast cancer are heightened, she discovers she has the gene herself. Which means her daughter Jade (Joanna Nicks) may also be a carrier.

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INTERVIEW | Paislie Reid | Seven Acts Of Mercy

Paislie Reid, a young Liverpudlian actor, grew up on TV but will be making her RSC debut in The Seven Acts Of Mercy by Anders Lustgarten.

The play itself is named after a Caravaggio painting, which was the first painting he did after he killed someone and had to flea from Rome to Naples. The production has a parallel storyline running throughout, one story focuses on Caravaggio’s anger, self-loathing and his determination to create a work that speaks of compassion in a violent world. The other story is set in the modern-day and is interwoven in the plot. It centres around a character called Leon who shares the same beliefs as Caravaggio and thinks that art and culture should be accessible to everyone.

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REVIEW | Der Rosenkavalier | Opera North

Der Rosenkavalier is a classic opera that tells the tale of love, scandal and power. Incredibly relevant, it is a story about a powerful man who thinks he can get everything he wants, including every woman he wants to fall in love with him.

The poised and aristocratic Marschallin is having an affair with Count Octavian, a much younger boy who falls utterly in love with her. She is fearful he will leave her for a younger woman and therefore enables him to meet Sophie, a beautiful young girl who is being forced to marry the pompous and obnoxious Baron Ochs. There is a consistent love triangle throughout the show, and it is the perfect mixture of humour and drama.

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REVIEW | Things I Know To Be True | UK Tour

Andrew Bovell’s distressing play intricately unravels the issues of a fractured family. With minimalistic staging and a simplistic approach, it is a raw performance that is enhanced by Frantic Assembly’s powerful physical theatre.

It is a complex portrait of a mother and father and their four grown up children. Set in Australia, their youngest daughter Rosie (Kirsty Oswald) has just returned from travelling in Europe, she struggled with the loneliness, had her heartbroken, and didn’t find the experience as rewarding as she’d hoped it would be. Their eldest son Mark (Matthew Barker) is struggling with his identity, whilst the eldest daughter Pip (Natalie Casey) is trying to piece apart her broken marriage, all whilst their youngest son Ben (Richard Mylan) is making life-changing mistakes.

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