Best Bristol theatre 2011

27 12 2011

1) Coram Boy, Colston Hall
A late addition to the list, but a worthy winner and so great to see such a successful collaboration between the Bristol Old Vic and the Colston Hall. Majestic in its scope and magnificent in its execution, Coram Boy is a triumph. Do all you can to see it before it ends its run of only 15 shows on December 30.
Read more: Review: Coram Boy

2) Yalla Yalla, Brewery Theatre
Yalla Yalla was the second full-length production from PanGottic, two performers – Matt Pang and Revital Gottshalk – who met at Circomedia and for this show teamed up with beatboxer and musician Vid Warren. It was a brilliant mix of circus skills, physical theatre, comedy and music. Many of the skits looked effortless, but were evidently been worked on with some panache by the trio to create moments of great skill followed by laugh-out-loud humour.
Read more: Review: Yalla Yalla

3) Cinderella, Tobacco Factory
Currently still being performed, Cinderella is the latest Christmas treat from the Tobacco Factory who have once again struck gold thanks to this winning production from Travelling Light. From the children booing and hissing the evil stepmother to some of the more excitable ladies in the front row hoping that theirs is the foot that fits the shoe the prince takes on his search, it is terrificly entertaining.
Read more: Review: Cinderella

4) Coasting, Bristol Old Vic
Coasting followed two homeless teenagers on the fringes of society in a nowhere coastal town, who drift further from reality in words and actions. It wasn’t solely the unusual vantage point, sat cross-legged in ‘pods’ on the floor of the Old Vic studio that made it difficult to watch at times; this was a marvellously fresh and vitally engaging piece of brand new theatre.
Read more: Review: Coasting

5) Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Bristol Hippodrome
The second appearance of Cinderella in our top-five, this version of the fairy tale takes place during the London Blitz. Instead of typical ballet costumes of tutus and tiaras, we have war and devastation, death and destruction. At the end of act one, the opulent Cafe de Paris is reduced to rubble after a direct hit, glittering dancers littering the floor. Matthew Bourne is often described as the greatest choreographer in the world today. Cinderella was a scintillating example of just how brilliant he is.
Read more: Review: Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella


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