Allison Vale

Bath and Bristol reviewer

Allison Vale trained as a teacher of History and English and taught in London Secondary schools throughout the 1990s before re-locating to the West Country.

In 2005, Allison co-authored her first book for Barnes & Noble, since which time she has become a full-time non-fiction writer, with thirteen published titles in the States and the UK. She also researches and writes historical documentaries for television.

Allison Vale has been a reviewer for the British Theatre Guide since 2006, covering theatre in Cardiff, Bath and Bristol. She takes particular interest in new writing, new companies and inclusive theatre initiatives.

Latest reviews

Living Quarters, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Camilla Adams

Living Quarters

Brian Friel (Tobacco Factory Theatres and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory at Tobacco Factory Theatres).
Reviewer: Allison Vale

Simon McBurney in 'The Encounter', Robbie Jack

The Encounter

Simon McBurney, inspired by Petru Popescu's book, Amazon Beaming (Complicite at Bristol Old Vic).
Reviewer: Allison Vale

Phil Dunster (Arthur) and company,

Pink Mist

Owen Sheers (Bristol Old Vic Productions at Bristol Old Vic).
Reviewer: Allison Vale

Claire Skinner (Anne) and Kenneth Cranham (Andre), Simon Annand

The Father

Florian Zeller (Theatre Royal Bath Productions at Theatre Royal Bath).
Reviewer: Allison Vale

Gina McKee as Anne in The Mother, Ustinov, Bath, Simon Annand

The Mother

Florian Zeller, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath).
Reviewer: Allison Vale

Janet Kumah in Rites, Sally Jubb


Cora Bissett and Yusra Warsama (National Theatre Scotland at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol).
Reviewer: Allison Vale

Owen McDonnell and Deidre O'Kane in Outside Mullingar, Simon Annand

Outside Mullingar

John Patrick Shanley (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath).
Reviewer: Allison Vale

Gemma Whelan and Sean Verey, Radiant Vermin,

Radiant Vermin

Philip Ridley (Metal Rabbit and Supporting Wall at Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol).
Reviewer: Allison Vale

Daniel Mannings as MC in The Last Snow of Winter, Simon Gough Photography

The Last Snow of Winter

Philip Michell (Hijinx Theatre Odyssey at Wales Millennium Centre).
Reviewer: Allison Vale

Gary Turner as Antonito, Dominic Parkes

Toro! Toro!

Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Simon Reade (Poonamallee Productions in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre at Tobacco Factory, Bristol).
Reviewer: Allison Vale