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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Rice review – office politics brought sharply to life by Miriam Gillinson

Orange Tree theatre, RichmondMichele Lee’s two-hander is a thoughtful take on the power of women at work The Orange Tree theatre is creating a series of internationally focused plays with …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Sunday, September 26, 2021

Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough review – charming odd-couple courtship by Miriam Gillinson

Southwark Playhouse, LondonCordelia O’Neill’s romcom about a pair of mismatched Londoners nails the giddy energy of young love, but isn’t as adept at tragedy Alex and Rupert should nev…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32PM
Friday, September 24, 2021

Shining City review – Conor McPherson’s study of resentment, rage and repression by Miriam Gillinson

Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonTwo brooding men are slowly sunk by their own narcissism in this subtle play about a counselling session When Conor McPherson’s brooding play premiered …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:12AM
Friday, September 17, 2021

Deciphering review – a love letter to learning and a deep dive into wonder by Miriam Gillinson

New Diorama, LondonThe audience wears headphones for Curious Directive’s complex new production, which takes us into a school – and a network of caves in Indonesia There is layer upon la…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Leopards review – prowling, twisty thriller about sex and power by Miriam Gillinson

Rose theatre, LondonAlys Metcalf’s drama is packed with quips and playfully directed but gets lost when the action moves to the bedroom A vengeful female lead in a tight bright dress stalk…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Friday, August 20, 2021

The Nobodies review – an old-fashioned heist movie turned play by Miriam Gillinson

Pleasance theatre, LondonThe real joy of this tale of three working-class friends scheming to save a local hospital lies in its bold, energetic storytelling Writer Amy Guyler has deftly cons…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Monday, August 16, 2021

Dragons and Mythical Beasts review – watch out for the tooth fairy! by Miriam Gillinson

Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, LondonPuppeteers subtly animate a range of folkloric beasties, including a magical unicorn and screechingly strange fairy, in this comical, spellbinding sho…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Game of Love and Chance review – a farcical romance made in Chelsea by Miriam Gillinson

Arcola Outside, LondonSwooning Sloanes give Marivaux’s class criss-crossing comedy a modern twist in this theatre’s new outdoor venue This modern version of Marivaux’s romantic 18th-ce…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

From Here review – sparkling musical shines light on life-changing events by Miriam Gillinson

Chiswick Playhouse, LondonBoth life’s great crossroads and mundane moments on the wayside are given great pathos by the cast of four in this finely observed musical This new musical about …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42PM
Thursday, July 8, 2021

Samuel Beckett: Cascando review – existentialist stroll around the Barbican by Miriam Gillinson

Barbican, LondonThe walkways and pools of the London arts centre shimmer with possibility in this promenade adaptation of a radio play There’s nothing like a stroll to get the synapses whi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Friday, July 2, 2021

The Boy With the Bee Jar review – buzzing two-hander with hints of Beckett and Butterworth by Miriam Gillinson

Hope theatre, LondonGeorge Rowlands makes a stunning debut in John Straiton’s Bruntwood-nominated play about an angry old man and a squeaky-clean student bonding on a north London estate …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03PM
Monday, June 21, 2021

The Mother Load review – moving audio play gives birth to all the feelings by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineLynda Radley’s drama about three women who meet in an antenatal class captures the love and fear, the comedy and terror of motherhood in all its contradictory reality Lynda…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:03PM
Friday, June 18, 2021

Raya review – drama about lost youth is a missed opportunity by Miriam Gillinson

Hampstead theatre, LondonDeborah Bruce’s play about the awkward reunion of two fortysomething ex-lovers contains some individually striking observations but too much contrivance Alex (Clai…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Monday, June 14, 2021

The Smartest Giant in Town review – a very tall tale by Miriam Gillinson

Little Angel theatre, LondonNutty animals and witty puppetry liven up this at times bleak version of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture book The Little Angel Theatre celebrates i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Saturday, September 5, 2020

What to expect this autumn as UK theatres reopen by Miriam Gillinson

From the return of The Mousetrap to an abundance of monologues, theatre is making a comeback – just don’t expect an interval ice-cream It is late July, and Beverley Knight is about to si…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42AM
Friday, July 24, 2020

Tiny Dancers review – young voices call out from isolation by Miriam Gillinson

Available online Collaborating remotely during lockdown, National Youth Theatre players deliver an intriguing mix of sketches by Isley Lynn with restless verve It’ll come as no surprise th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03PM

From Glyndebourne to BarnFest: 10 of the best outdoor shows by Miriam Gillinson

As restrictions lift and cultural events spring up, we pick the best theatre, musicals, pop and opera you can enjoy alfresco With restrictions lifting, outdoor cultural events are springing …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Jury Duty review – trial-by-audience is cheekily enjoyable by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineWorking with other audience members, you decide whether a defendant is guilty of murder in this fun bit of lockdown theatre A man has been killed and his body, along with mos…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32AM
Monday, June 29, 2020

Telephone review – dial S for stranger in a night of unexpected connections by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineConey’s entrancing combination of storytelling and shared conversation celebrates the history of telecommunications The range of theatrical experiences emerging online is t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12PM

'Our views are not on the news': young people speak up on Covid-19 by Miriam Gillinson

Digital scrapbooks by children and teenagers are the funniest – and most bracing – reflections on lockdown. Now theatre is giving them the chance to put their fears and hope on stage Unl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

'We use Shakespeare's heartbeat': lockdown theatre for autistic audiences by Miriam Gillinson

Flute Theatre’s game-based production of Pericles, performed for one family at a time, is designed to create a sense of calm Hottest front-room seats: best theatre and dance online Kelly …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12AM
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Plymouth Point review – dare you solve this thrilling mystery? by Miriam Gillinson

Scour the internet for clues in this hysterical whodunnit from two Punchdrunk alumni – which, for all its immersive trickery, is first and foremost a cracking piece of storytelling At a pa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM
Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Time Machine: A Virtual Reality review – a sleek voyage through the fourth wall by Miriam Gillinson

Creation TheatreHG Wells’ dystopian classic is recast as a live online event in this glossy telling that veers between hope and despair Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Smoking Gun review – week-long interactive whistleblower thriller by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineParticipants delve into the dodgy dealings of a Tory MP and big pharma in this clever blend of theatre and gaming Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Friday, May 8, 2020

What Once Was Ours review – voices of a disunited family and nation by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineThe story of a pair of estranged siblings in the aftermath of the Brexit vote is brought to life by the startlingly honest views of a range of young people This 2017 co-produ…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM
Friday, May 1, 2020

All the world’s a stage: five of the best monologues by Miriam Gillinson

From Doctor Faustus to Fleabag, here are the most stirring speeches from some of theatre’s best works Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Tempest review – interactive online production goes down a storm by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineGiven a portal to Prospero’s island by Zoom, the audience become the most excited characters in this mischievous and magical version of Shakespeare’s fantasy Front-room …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

United Queendom review – we are not amused by this Kensington Palace palaver by Miriam Gillinson

Kensington Palace, LondonLes Enfants Terribles take us inside Will and Kate’s home for an immersive yet unreachable story about two women who once lived there Don’t tell Will and Kate, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Monday, March 2, 2020

The Wolves in the Walls review – Neil Gaiman adventure brims with thrills by Miriam Gillinson

Little Angel theatre, LondonGaiman’s graphic novel turns into an atmospheric show, as a girl tries to find out what’s scratching in the walls of her home After years of going to the thea…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sinners review – Brian Cox directs sand-blasted sex and death drama by Miriam Gillinson

Playground theatre, LondonA woman waits to be stoned for adultery in a curious piece reminiscent of Beckett Brian Cox, so deliciously appalling as Logan Roy in Succession, is the headline d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Far Away review – Jessica Hynes brings humour to short, sharp horror by Miriam Gillinson

Donmar Warehouse, London The real world slides away with frightening ease and pace in Caryl Churchill’s masterclass of tension Twenty years on from its premiere, Far Away still feels like …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:03PM

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