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Sunday, January 29, 2023

‘Chilling & contemporary’: NOTRE DAME – The Space (Online review) by John Chapman

Ever since Covid’s early days pioneering company Threedumb Theatre has developed and sustained the idea of the one shot livestream; this is unedited and raw but captures much of the sponta…

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Monday, January 23, 2023

‘Can leave the listener wanting & needing more’: OUR VOICES – Small Truth Theatre (Online show) by John Chapman

Small Truth Theatre has commissioned a series of micro plays recorded as part of its Digital Caravan space (their original mini theatre on wheels being decommissioned because of the need for…

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

‘Will ring more than a few bells’: Interdimensional Phishing Scam/Penumbra – Chronic Insanity (Online review) by John Chapman

It’s been an absolute age (well, about a year anyway) since I visited those innovative people at Chronic Insanity. They are well known for pushing boundaries of the possible in both live a…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

‘Definitely an ensemble piece’: BEDROOM FARCE – BBC Sounds (Online review) by John Chapman

One of Alan Ayckbourn’s biggest ever successes, 1975’s Bedroom Farce, has only just made the transition in an entertaining production from Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres which premiere…

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Saturday, January 7, 2023

‘An engagingly intimate production’: SALT-WATER MOON – Finborough Theatre by John Chapman

If you want to see a couple of young actors bringing truth and sincerity to a well structured piece of dialogue and elevate it towards the stars which provide a backdrop to this piece, then …

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

‘Being right at the heart of what is happening’: Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience – Old Metal Exchange by John Chapman

The War Of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience from experts in the field Layered Reality takes H.G. Wells’ famous novel, adds a heavy layer of input from the famous 1978 concept album mas…

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Thursday, December 29, 2022

‘The social divide is front & centre’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A GHOST STORY – BBC iPlayer (Online Show) by John Chapman

What is certain is that if you want an account that’s faithful to the spirit (sorry!) of the original but doesn’t let proceedings drag on (it comes in at under two hours without missing …

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Monday, December 5, 2022

‘Excellent characterisation’: GREY MAN – Online Review by John Chapman

It’s that time of year when days get shorter, nights get longer and tale telling revolves around the supernatural. Just a couple of days ago the last thing I saw on stage, Here, was (partl…

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Monday, November 28, 2022

‘Contains some remarkable writing’: HERE – Southwark Playhouse by John Chapman

When individual members of a family are facing a variety of problems, can looking back at their collective past help to resolve matters or does that simply serve to make things worse? This i…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

‘The central performance is phenomenal’: THE POLTERGEIST – Arcola Theatre by John Chapman

Philip Ridley’s The Poltergeist is an irresistibly restless creation which emulates the troublesome violent spirit conjured up by the title. The firework cracking solo piece has had a chec…

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Monday, October 17, 2022

‘Hauntingly different & mostly in a very good way’: THE DARKFIELD TRILOGY – Canary Wharf by John Chapman

Darkfield promoted site specific theatre even when we couldn’t actually go anywhere. Their neat answer was to get you using spaces in your own home or in permitted public places such as a …

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Saturday, October 1, 2022

’An impression of these literary figures at the height of their powers’: STUMPED – Original Theatre (Online show) by John Chapman

Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett meet in a cricket pavilion and end up as trapped as some of the characters in their plays

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Friday, September 23, 2022

‘Experience it if you can’: ROSE – Park Theatre by John Chapman

September 2020 and the pandemic was quietly raging. So too was Maureen Lipman in Hope Mill Theatre’s online production of Martin Sherman’s intense monologue Rose; her performance was rou…

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

‘Comic invented history which entertains & informs’: Three Women & Shakespeare’s Will / Mrs Pack (Online Show) by John Chapman

Three Women & Shakespeare’s Will comes from the pen of Joan Greening who has made something of a speciality of writing about historical figures connected to the arts, albeit in imagina…

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Friday, August 19, 2022

‘Out of the ordinary’: ODDS ON – Touring (Online Show) by John Chapman

So, it was with a sense of keen anticipation that I approached Dante Or Die’s latest piece entitled Odds On which is currently on a “digital tour”. It’s a piece about the world of on…

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

‘The show is a triumph for the creative & design team’: TOM, DICK & HARRY – Alexandra Palace Theatre by John Chapman

A real life adventure told with wit, flair and some stunning movement sequences

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

‘Above all it’s the puppetry which really gives the show its heart’: 101 DALMATIANS – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by John Chapman

It’s third time lucky for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and 101 Dalmatians which is billed as a new musical. Given that it should have premiered two years ago – and then one year ago …

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

‘Has a vigour that is at times quite intoxicating’: FAVOUR – Bush Theatre by John Chapman

Ambreen Razia’s play Favour looks into the lives of a trio of women from the same family but of rather different generations. It does so with a vigour that is at times quite intoxicating a…

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

‘Thoroughly entertaining with a fine sense of comedy’: CARELESS – Touring by John Chapman

The Edinburgh Festival is not far away now and, as often happens at this time of year, there are a number of shows playing themselves in before transferring in a northerly direction for thei…

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Monday, July 11, 2022

‘Eminently watchable, but I wasn’t dazzled’: THE DANCE OF DEATH – Arcola Theatre by John Chapman

August Strindberg’s The Dance Of Death from 1900 has been credited with prefiguring the works of Beckett, Ionesco, Pinter and most notably provided a template for Edward Albee’s Who’s …

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Saturday, July 9, 2022

‘A piece which will endure’: FOLK – Hampstead Theatre by John Chapman

Cultural appropriation doesn't just take place across different nations

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

‘Know us by our courage, not by our fear’: VOICES FROM UKRAINE – Finborough Theatre (Online Show) by John Chapman

The second pair of plays from #FinboroughFrontier’s quartet of pieces #VoicesFromUkraine reflecting on the situation in the war torn nation is now available. They join the first couple to …

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Friday, June 24, 2022

‘There’s enough here to keep the listener enthralled’: THE MACHINE STOPS (Online Show) by John Chapman

In The Machine Stops E. M. Forster unusually abandons his general milieu of the genteel classes and takes a look at a supposed future – the theme of connection, however, is still very much…

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

‘Not an easy watch but it is a vital one’: GRENFELL – Tabernacle (Online Show) by John Chapman

Broadcast on the fifth anniversary, one cannot but conclude that Grenfell, Scenes From The Enquiry is a devastating critique of a system which put money before people and allowed a tragedy w…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

‘A glorious romp’: TONY! [THE TONY BLAIR OPERA] – Park Theatre by John Chapman

Voted back into power three times, Tony Blair left office with the accusations of being a manipulative liar ringing in his ears – not that that has ever slowed down the current incumbent. …

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Monday, June 6, 2022

‘A reminder of unresolved issues’: KABUL GOES POP – Touring by John Chapman

Based on a true story Kabul Goes Pop: Music Television Afghanistan concentrates on the period in the early 2000s when the Taliban in Afghanistan had been pushed back following Western libera…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

‘Certainly a powerfully realised piece of drama’: MISSION – The Big House by John Chapman

Certainly a powerfully realised piece of drama, Mission at The Big House is all defiantly obscure, though it clicks into place eventually, and you cannot help but admire the skill that goes …

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Sunday, May 29, 2022

’An engaging premise’: 100 PAINTINGS – The Hope Theatre by John Chapman

What do you do when the artistic muse has deserted you? Or when it has never really arrived?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

‘There’s a big rush of energy any time the quartet of actors enter the space’: THE DWARFS – White Bear Theatre by John Chapman

Harold Pinter’s The Dwarfs is a fascinating glimpse into the development of one of the major playwrights of the 20th century and this production does it full credit.

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Friday, May 6, 2022

’An interesting addition to the audio theatre scene’: FIZZY SHERBERT (Online Show) by John Chapman

All three of the short plays that feature in Fizzy Sherbet’s audio series centre on writer/performers who, not unnaturally, bring a depth of emotion to their own work.

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

‘Phoebe Marshall & Kieran Dee are a classy double act’: Jo & Sam Find Themselves In Woking – Hen & Chickens Theatre by John Chapman

I’m not sure whether I’ve actually been to Woking. It’s that sort of place – although how I’d know that if I’ve never actually been there, I really couldn’t say. I suppose it…

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