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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘Could use a dose of Emilia’s fiery rage’: SIX – Arts Theatre by Laura Kressly

I can’t begrudge anyone their enjoyment of Six, a fast-paced display of talented women – I enjoyed it, too. However – rather like the history it’s trying to tell – such awesome per…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

‘The balance of the comic with tragic is spot-on: ANGRY ALAN – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Angry Alan is an angry little show with huge impact that smartly appropriates the rampant misogyny of its subject flipping the mirror so all its flaws are magnified.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

‘Chemistry sparks with compelling unpredictability’: A LESSON FROM ALOES – Finborough Theatre by Laura Kressly

Once A Lesson From Aloes finds its momentum, it keeps moving towards an ending that significantly fractures what remains of the main characters’ lives. Celebrated director Janet Suzman use…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

‘All-singing, all-dancing colonialist fantasy’: THE GREAT EXPEDITION – Secret location by Laura Kressly

The Grand Expedition – the title alone calls to mind the colonial narratives of Dr Livingstone or Phileas Fogg, so it is perhaps no surprise that this show is more interested in presenting…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

‘The spirit of political activism is well-captured’: BALAKLAVA BLUES – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Mark and Marichka Marczyk’s band Lemon Bucket Orkestra shares songs from their newest album in the short, intimately staged gig Balaklava Blues at the Vault Festival.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

‘A concept made all the more powerful by its simplicity’: GREYSCALE – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Lou and Jaz have met on Tinder and are going on a date. A simple premise, but in its use of different narratives, Greyscale highlights the complexities of relationships, sexual power and per…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

‘Painfully relatable’: IT’S NOT A SPRINT – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

If you’re a 20- or 30-something It’s Not A Sprint might be the most painfully relatable show you see all festival – or indeed all year – or perhaps ever

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

‘Like no other production out there at the moment’: AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Outbox Theatre’s latest show And the Rest of Me Floats is a celebration of non-binary and transgender people. It honours the blurry lines of gender and brings joy to people that endure pre…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

‘I am totally immersed in this trial’: THE JUSTICE SYNDICATE – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

I’m not sure whether The Justice Syndicate is a play, event, experiment, or interactive performance. Whichever of this, it doesn’t really matter and certainly presents an interesting fut…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

‘Diversions add humour, reflection & profundity’: BINAURAL DINNER DATE – Rich Mix by Laura Kressly

It’s that self-conscious laughter in Binaural Dinner Date that arises from the artifice of a first date and the things we are asked to do/share, but there are several diversions that add h…

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

‘A gripping piece’: TRYST – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Thanks to three great performances and a taut script, Tryst is a gripping piece. The three characters are well-rounded and convincing, and as lies unravel and confessions are made it is diff…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

‘Their voices combine in storytelling & song’: CALL ME FURY – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Call Me Fury tells what we know of the stories of these women (although there were some men, too). The four-strong cast swoop amongst us in the small, thrust space playing judged and jury, w…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

‘Funny, clever & moving’: THE CULT OF K*NZO – Touring by Laura Kressly

Cosmopolitan’s current most-read article is a feature on a $35 maternity dress worn by Megan Markle. This is, as explored in performance artist Paula Varjack’s latest work, an example of…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

‘A one-woman emotional tornado’: SUPERHOE – Royal Court by Laura Kressly

Essentially, Superhoe is a story about losing and then finding yourself again. Nicôle Lecky also takes us on a journey through our warped view of social media and what it means to be a dre…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

‘Fabulously surreal & sassy evening’: Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Idiosyncratic, eccentric, fearless and alien-like are just a few of the descriptors a rudimentary Google search of Tilda Swinton will throw up. Based on these, Byron Lane’s Tilda Swinton A…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

‘It’s impossible to look away’: DRENCHED – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Parody is too broad a stroke to apply to Drenched at the Vault Festival. There is something more intelligent and altogether weird and wonderful at work here.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

‘Emotional, visceral & raw’: KICKING ALL THE BOXES – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Naoise Murphy may be a fictional boxer in Kicking All the Boxes but actor-writer Liz FitzGibbon was a teenage European kickboxing champion in her own right. When she left school she left the…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

‘Emotional, engaging & vital piece of theatre’: WELCOME TO THE UK – Bunker Theatre by Laura Kressly

Welcome to the UK is an emotional, engaging and – most importantly – vital piece of theatre. If only the government could be made to watch this, perhaps it will see that its inhumane pol…

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

‘Intelligent & terrifying theatre at its best’: SÉANCE – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Séance is one of two productions that Darkfield has brought to the VAULT Festival this year, and this sensory explosion is not one for the faint-hearted.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

‘Spilled from the mind of someone who’s been there’: 17 – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

17 does not disappoint. Its confessional tone is threaded with beat poetry set to tracks and there’s even a rap – although the cavernous walls of Vaults unfortunately eat some of the wor…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

‘Stellar performances & a stunning soundscape’: OUTLYING ISLANDS – King’s Head Theatre by Laura Kressly

There are some stellar performances and a stunning soundscape from Atticist in Outlying Islands at the King’s Head Theatre.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

‘A perfect play for our troubled times’: WAR OF THE WORLDS – New Diorama Theatre by Laura Kressly

Orson Welles’ 1938 broadcast of The War of Worlds caused widespread panic with its reports of an alien invasion in New Jersey. Or did it? Did the newspapers exaggerate the reaction to sell…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

‘The cast is electric’: TIME IS LOVE / TIEMPO ES AMORE – Finborough Theatre by Laura Kressly

By the last ten minutes, the energy of the language and the characters’ burning need for meaningful relationships in Time is Love has set the place alight.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

‘A witty comedy of reconciliation & acceptance’: CHASING BONO – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais turn the serious premise of Chasing Bono into a witty comedy of reconciliation and acceptance.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

‘The leads are exceptional in all the roles they take on’: MURDER FOR TWO – The Other Palace by Laura Kressly

Ed MacArthur and Jeremy Legat are exceptional in all the roles they take on in Murder For Two. Both pianists and triple threats, they charm their way through the story that tries so hard for…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

‘Some of the best of this year show anger, fear, uncertainty’: Top Ten productions of 2018 by Laura Kressly

Growing global discontent has been the hallmark of 2018, and 2019 is looking even worse. The last few years have marked a rise of the far-right, but theatremakers in opposition are letting a…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

‘Diverse, accessible & fun’: Snow White & the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon – Ovalhouse by Laura Kressly

Snow White & the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon is a great take on a classic Christmas show and despite a few narrative shortcomings, it charms, entertains and gently addresses some of t…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘A real Christmas treat’: GUYS & DOLLS – Sonning by Laura Kressly

With the definitive MGM film never far from mind, it can be hard to find an original spin to put on Guys & Dolls. Joseph Pitcher’s production doesn’t stray far from the 1955 version…

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

‘Exploration of feminine rage performed by a diverse ensemble’: HOLE – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Leaving the Royal Court after watching Ellie Kendrick’s new play Hole, I overhear another audience member describe feeling like she has just been “hit over the head with a sledgehammer…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

‘A good alternative to more typical Christmas theatre’: BURKE & HARE – Jermyn Street Theatre by Laura Kressly

Burke & Hare, a story of two men who murder people in order to sell their corpses to doctors in 1820s Edinburgh shouldn’t work as a dark character comedy with music. But largely work …

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

’Seventy-five minutes of loud noises & bright colours’: SEUSSICAL – Southwark Playhouse by Laura Kressly

It’s difficult to work out who the musical Seussical is for and why it’s been revived. Trying to imagine how a 10-year-old might watch this show doesn’t help answer these questions.

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