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Saturday, June 19, 2021

‘An excellent adaptation’: THE TRAGEDY OF DORIAN GRAY – Blue Devil Productions (Online review) ★★★★★ by Louise Penn

A new spin from Blue Devil Productions on the Oscar Wilde novel puts the story of Dorian Gray in the art, theatre and music world of the 1960s.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

‘All the more relevant in a post-Brexit world’: THE WYRE LADY OF FLEETWOOD – Brighton Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

In Lita Doolan’s new play The Wyre Lady of Fleetwood, the Wyre Lady refers to a real-life pleasure boat in the seaside fishing port of Fleetwood, just down the promenade from the holiday r…

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

‘Farcical fun all the way’: The Three Musketeers… attempted by Foolhardy (Online review) by Louise Penn

Heavily promoted on the strength of Robert Lindsay’s involvement in the cast, this audio-animated adaptation of The Three Musketeers owes more to parody and pastiche than any serious attem…

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

‘Disturbing & edgy’: JERK – Brighton Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Jerk is Nick Edgeworth’s curious and original sci-fi-influenced drama from Mudlarks Theatre, a company based in Hampshire. It’s currently showing in the Brighton Fringe and is written by…

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Friday, June 11, 2021

‘Genuinely funny & fairly caustic’: HALF-BAKED ALASKAN – Brighton Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

There’s serious material in Sally Ann Hall’s Half-Baked Alaskan, but delivered with a wry, confessional, style which makes its point without getting too heavy.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

‘Smashing piece of family entertainment’: AIDY THE AWESOME – artsdepot (Online review) by Louise Penn

Commissioned by Curve Leicester, produced by the Gramophones Theatre Company and directed by Hannah Stone, Aidy the Awesome is currently part-way through a digital tour.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

‘Goes for the jugular in a fascinating & visual way’: QUIET LITTLE THINGS – Brighton Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Quiet Little Things, a very clever, well-crafted and moving non-verbal piece from OddHouse Theatre Company (an emerging feminist collective), is currently available to stream at the Brighton…

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

‘Friendly, open & honest’: SUNRISE – Soho Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Jessie Cave’s show Sunrise was recorded in the empty venue in April, but still retains the comedy of a professional mum navigating the thorny paths of a postpartum love life.

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Monday, May 31, 2021

‘Has an other-worldly feel’: ECHO / CHAMBER – Brighton Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Echo/Chamber is a clever, creative and thought-provoking work with high production values and strong performances from Oliver McFadden and Isaac Hesketh.

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

‘Listen, taste, watch, smell & touch the world around you’: The You Play: small acts – Written on the Waves (Online review) by Louise Penn

Audio drama small acts is part of 45North’s Written on the Waves series, and the first of the two You Plays.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

‘We feel the increasing tension’: CUNCH – Written on the Waves (Online review) by Louise Penn

45North’s first series of audio dramas, collated as Written on the Waves, ends with Marika McKennell’s Cunch, a story of two teenage girls who get themselves involved in drug pushing and…

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

‘Lovely, lively celebration’: The Theatre Channel – Episode 6 The Showstoppers (Online review) by Louise Penn

Showstoppers, the most recent episode of the Theatre Channel’s web series is a lovely, lively celebration of the reopening of the West End this week.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

‘Pulses with music, energy & intrigue’: ROMEO & JULIET Creation Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

The unstoppable Creation Theatre has been one of the highlights of digital theatre production during this 14 months of uncertainty, and for their new show they return to the works of William…

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

‘Takes affectionate aim at its targets’: THE SHOWSTOPPERS’ ALTERNATIVE EUROVISION (Online review) by Louise Penn

Free to view on YouTube, this edition of The Showstoppers’ Alternative Eurovision for 2021, a week in advance of the main event, proves to be a dramatic sequel to last year’s shenanigans…

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

‘Shifts into a place of great strength & power’: PHEROMONE – LipZinc (Online review) by Louise Penn

A pheromone is a chemical reaction affecting behaviour, which appears in LipZinc’s Pheromone in the person of a woman who causes a revolution at number 19, the home of David and Eva.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

‘Part dream, part hallucination, part creativity’: Unquiet Slumbers: The Haunting of Emily Brontë – Different Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Currently available to rent on Sweetstream, Different Theatre’s Unquiet Slumbers: The Haunting of Emily Brontë returns to the topic of women of literature in this meeting of minds between…

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

‘Stretches what a theatre piece at home can achieve’: AN ACORN – Impel Theatre / Oldham Coliseum (Online review) by Louise Penn

An Acorn by Caridad Svich is a cross-channel co-production between Impel Theatre and the Oldham Coliseum; first performed in 2017 in North America and now reimagined for the digital space.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

‘It’s all appealingly bonkers’: CHATEAU GHOUL – LipService / Oldham Coliseum (Online review) by Louise Penn

Very end of Blackpool Pier or Phoenix Nights, and if you appreciate either you’ll love Lip Service’s clever characterisations, sly digs at the supernatural, and the way Château Ghoul is…

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

‘A richly crafted work in its own right’: NORTH WEST – Camden People’s Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

North West, created by Anna Morrissey and Tristan Kajanus, is available in two versions; one online and one a self-guided audio tour with which you can wander the former North Westminster Sc…

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

‘The wordplay whizzes along’: THE SORROWS OF SATAN (Online review) by Louise Penn

Directed by Adam Lenson, with Molly Lynch as The Woman and Stefan Bednarczyk as the mute accompanist, The Sorrows of Satan takes inspiration from Marie Corelli’s 1895 novel, but moves the …

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Friday, May 7, 2021

‘It keeps you immersed at all times’: HOUSE MOTHER NORMAL – New Perspectives (Online review) by Louise Penn

New Perspectives and Tim Crouch have transformed novel House Mother Normal into a digital installation for the Brighton Festival which you can explore either in person or on your screens.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

‘Intelligent & ambitious’: ROCKY ROAD – Jermyn Street Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

A tense, psychological thriller, Shaun McKenna’s new play Rocky Road is a two-hander set across a couple of flats where new tenant Kirsten Foster meets building manager Tyger Drew-Honey. T…

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

‘This is not just Zoom transferred to the screen’: The F*ck Am I Doing – Cow Collective (Online review) by Louise Penn

The digital revival of The F*ck Am I Doing marks the inaugural production of new writing initiative, The COW Community, founded by recent graduates of the Royal Central School of Speech and …

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Monday, May 3, 2021

‘Captures all the fun, eyebrow-raising, awkward silences of the beloved song contest’: EUROBEAT: THE PRIDE OF EUROPE – Stream.Theatre by Louise Penn

It’s the merry month of May, which means it is… Eurovision! To celebrate, is hosting a virtual revival of Craig Christie’s witty parody of our country cousins across Eur…

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

‘Fascinated by the script & staging throughout’: BEING MR WICKHAM – Original Theatre Company (Online review) by Louise Penn

Being Mr Wickham is a lovely idea: we are not just seeing the change in Wickham, but in Adrian Lukis portrayal. He clearly has a close affinity with the character and fits back into it perfe…

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

‘Economically written & absolutely truthful’: VESPERTILIO – King’s Head Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Barry McStay’s play Vespertilio, first staged at the Vault Festival in 2019, is a two-hander about bats, vampires, gay life, lies, and displacement.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

‘Lovingly detailed’: THERE’S SOMETHING AMONG US – Chronic Insanity (Online review) by Louise Penn

We are back on the dark side with the latest production from Chronic Insanity’s 12×12 project – There’s Something Among Us starts with the premise of five YouTubers who died in a fire…

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

‘The casting is an absolute master stroke’: CELLS – Metta Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Writer/director P Burton-Morgan and composer Ben Glasstone have developed a pair of characters in Cells who build their stories in song as they see the reflection of self in each other.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

‘It’s all about humanity’: SACRAMENT – King’s Head Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Following successful runs at The Theatre Upstairs in Dublin and The Vault Festival, Sacrament now comes to the King’s Head Theatre’s Plays on Film season.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

‘Melodically spot-on & lyrically fun’: I WISH MY LIFE WERE LIKE A MUSICAL – King’s Head Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

King’s Head Theatre and Spectacular Music present Alexander S. Bermange’s sparkling musical revue I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical, which heads into London from the Edinburgh Fringe wi…

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Friday, April 23, 2021

‘A place for the performers to explore’: SOFT SESSIONS IN CONCERT – Stream.Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

The idea behind YouTube’s series of Soft Sessions, launched last year, is “it’s time to ask the artist what art they want to create”. All six of the performers in this concert have e…

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