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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Fresh, modern & relevant’: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE – Drayton Arms Theatre ★★★★ by Amy Toledano

This very well presented version of The Merchant of Venice is excellently executed, proving to modern audiences that Shakespeare doesn’t have to be complicated in order to understand it.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

‘A glorious fever-dream of a show’: ISLANDER – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Amy Toledano

Touching, heart-wrenching and totally original, Islander is the exploration of the turmoil and devastation of small communities in the light of gentrification.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

‘Inventive, empowering & honest as hell’: CALL ME FURY – Hope Theatre ★★★★★ by Amy Toledano

Call Me Fury is a wonderfully poetic disembowelling of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, as told by the women who were accused of “witchcraft” during the Salem witch trials of 17th century.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

‘Extremely empowering piece’: CHIAROSCURO – Bush Theatre ★★★★★ by Amy Toledano

Lynette Linton brings together this story in a beautiful and explosive manner through her direction of Chiaroscuro.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

‘One of the most lovely & intimate shows going on at the festival’: THE WILD UNFEELING WORLD – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Amy Toledano

The Wild Unfeeling World is a wonderful, warm and emotive tale that personifies how it feels to be battling depression and the truth around mental health in young people in the UK.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

‘A true delight’: Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch – Edinburgh Fringe by Amy Toledano

Fat Rascal brings its usual comedic flair to this brilliant musical parody that exposes the untold truth of Ursula The Sea Witch of The Little Mermaid fame.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

‘A beautiful & heartbreaking story’: SUCH FILTHY F*CKS – Edinburgh Fringe by Amy Toledano

Such Filthy F*cks is a two hander written by Oli Forsyth that examines strangers who have nothing in common, except their porn addiction.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

‘A gorgeous, messy experience’: Bryony Kimmings: I’m a Phoenix, Bitch – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Amy Toledano

Performance artist Bryony Kimmings brings her trauma to the stage through this harrowing and brilliant musical, horror film-esque one woman show.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

‘Another example of a woman’s story repurposed by a man’: CHERIE – MY STRUGGLE – Edinburgh Fringe by Amy Toledano

Cherie Blair, as played by Mary Ryder, shares her memoir with the audience, recounting her time from childhood right through until the end of Tony’s time as PM in 2007.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

‘I hope this show can help people understand others & feel less alone’: Yusef Niazi directs Feeling Lonely At Parties at Camden Fringe by Amy Toledano

Feeling Lonely At Parties, which is a collaborative piece presented by Pursued By A Dragon Theatre Collective makes its full debut as apart of Camden Fringe this year.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

‘These two women together are absolute dynamite’: Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★★ by Amy Toledano

Inventive, hilarious and totally contemporary, Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner is art that above all needs to be seen by everyone.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

‘All the right ingredients for a brilliant show’: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE – Playground Theatre by Amy Toledano

An Enemy Of The People is an adaptation of the Ibsen play of the same name, but an updated version set in a West London Borough in the shadow of Grenfell Tower.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

‘Fabulous, challenging theatre’: RUST – Bush Theatre ★★★★ by Amy Toledano

Bush Theatre follows its trend of programming interesting and challenging work, as Rust provides an exciting 75 minutes of raw emotion.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

‘It’s about making a stand against being pigeon-holed’: Writer Rachel Causer & director Kennedy Bloomer bring When It Happens to the Camden by Amy Toledano

First debuting at Maiden Speech Festival 2018, When It Happens returns to the Tristan Bates Theatre for Camden Fringe. We speak to the show’s writer Rachel Causer, who also plays Jenny in …

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

‘Strength encapsulated’: GREY – Ovalhouse by Amy Toledano

Koko Brown and Sapphire Joy women steer this ship in such a brilliant and raw direction that it is only natural that the audience is nodding along and audibly agreeing with them throughout G…

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

‘The importance of this piece rings out’: BARE: A POP OPERA – The Vaults by Amy Toledano

Director Julie Atherton and SR Productions bring Bare: A Pop Opera rightly into the new century.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

‘Different to anything that is currently running at the moment’: WHITE PEARL – Royal Court Theatre by Amy Toledano

WhitePearl’s discussion around beauty standards in the eastern market compared to the western one is complex and yet, still, incredibly similar.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

‘The perfect start to a night out on the town’: SH!TFACED SHAKESPEARE: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – Leicester Square Theatre ★★★★ by Amy Toledano

Magnificent Bastard Productions have done well to keep this essentially one joke show fresh and exhilarating in Sh!t-faced Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shew.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

‘The whole piece ignites’: YVETTE – Bush Theatre ★★★★★ by Amy Toledano

What is it? Urielle Klein-Mekongo’s one woman show Yvette that found success at Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 returns to the Bush Theatre for this explosive and raw personal journey into womanh…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

‘What an important and daring play this is’: Rejoicing at her Wondrous Vulva the Young Woman Applauded Herself – Ovalhouse ★★★★★ by Amy Toledano

Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself is a fresh and exciting take on a subject that is being talked about a lot in the arts now. Which, of course, is a brilliant…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

‘Truly mesmerising’: THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Amy Toledano

It is a rare thing to experience a new musical like this The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. Intimate and lively, it is one that will definitely stay with you long after you have left the t…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

‘Underlines the need for conversation around various types of learning’: CLASS – Bush Theatre ★★★★★ by Amy Toledano

Class is an emotive and clever show that and is able to portray real people in a succinct and gentle way.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘Hit & miss’: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – Barons Court Theatre ★★★ by Amy Toledano

What is it? Written by Sam Steiner, this two hander explores the relationship between a young couple post and pre a law that bans the use of more than 140 words per day.

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

‘We need to remind audiences that women my age have fun too!’: Actress Emmy Happisburgh creates Contentment Productions by Amy Toledano

It is the stereotyping of women in theatre that has been one of the biggest motivators for Emmy Happisburgh to create her own company, aptly named Contentment Productions.

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All that Chat

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