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Friday, February 14, 2020

The Ballad of Maria Marten review – joyous play gives life to murder victim by Kate Wyver

Stephen Joseph theatre, Scarborough Beth Flintoff rewrites the narrative of the woman killed in the Red Barn, focusing on her wit and ferocity rather than her notorious death The history boo…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Blood Wedding review – Barney Norris takes Lorca's tragedy to Wiltshire by Kate Wyver

Salisbury PlayhouseEmmet Byrne is superb in this relocated update of the Spanish classic but it lacks the fire of the original Barney Norris tames Lorca’s Spanish tragedy in this gentle ad…

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Taming of the Shrew review – misogynistic comedy is a rotten apple by Kate Wyver

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonFlat insults, bland puns and painful verse let down this staging of Shakespeare’s problematic play, which charges ahead without a trace of satire There is n…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

I Think We Are Alone review – Frantic Assembly's tender sweep of connection by Kate Wyver

Theatre Royal PlymouthSix characters stalk the stage with boxes in the company’s anniversary show, co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham I Think We Are Alone marks the 25th anniversa…

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Asking for It review – sexual assault drama misses the mark by Kate Wyver

Birmingham RepThis adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s novel has all the right intentions but offers cliches instead of real insight This sexual assault drama is entirely void of hope. A tran…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Jessica Hynes: 'Love isn't wishy washy – it's strength and power' by Kate Wyver

Taking a break from goofy sitcoms, the actor is sounding the climate-crisis alarm in Caryl Churchill’s Far Away. She talks about finding hope in a violent dystopia ‘You’re in a world i…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

'To be silly is quite an art': the weekend I became a mime by Kate Wyver

The first rule of mime club? You do not talk. Well, not when you’re hard at work. Our writer takes lessons from Marcel Marceau’s former student, Nola Rae Early on in mime school, I hit a…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Night of the Living Dead – Remix review – addictive Romero replica by Kate Wyver

Leeds PlayhouseImitating the Dog recreate the groundbreaking 1968 horror film live on stage with remarkable results This extraordinary shot-by-shot remake of George Romero’s 1968 cult horr…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Scenes With Girls review – boy banter satirises the Bechdel test by Kate Wyver

Royal Court, LondonMiriam Battye’s play has some astute insights, but the friendship at its centre doesn’t seem worth fighting for Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird taught us that love and atte…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Lighting designer Prema Mehta: ‘The beauty and atmosphere of the Sam Wanamaker is unique’ by Kate Wyver

Having lit many shows in her 15-year career, Prema Mehta took on the challenge of using solely candles at the wood-panelled theatre.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Told by an Idiot designer Ioana Curelea: ‘Young people are trying, but you can’t do it by yourself’ by Kate Wyver

In 2019, Told by an Idiot launched the Naomi Wilkinson Award for female stage designers. Winner Ioana Curelea tells Kate Wyver about

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Kneehigh's Ubu! A Singalong Satire review – karaoke hell by Kate Wyver

Shoreditch Town Hall, LondonA missed opportunity to satirise modern politics, this show resorts to panto for its obvious parodies and easy laughs We get it: dictators are bad. Roughly assimi…

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Fitter review – a love letter to masculinity by Kate Wyver

Soho theatre, LondonEll Potter and Mary Higgins radically push on from previous show Hotter, in this fantastic, sexy, athletic examination of male identity Hilarious, sincere, sexy and bruta…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Joan of Leeds review – randy lesbian nun runs wild by Kate Wyver

New Diorama theatre, LondonBreach Theatre’s hilariously heretical satire of medieval mystery plays is a celebration of queer voices and a fine alternative Christmas show Breach Theatre wor…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

The Wolf of Wall Street review – how can criminal decadence be this bland? by Kate Wyver

Secret location, LondonIn this immersive show we are promised a globetrotting night of drugs and sex … but are left loitering in a living room The best immersive theatre makes its audience…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Escape from Planet Trash review – a Christmas B-musical misadventure by Kate Wyver

Pleasance theatre, LondonGroan-worthily unfunny jokes litter this blooper reel of a show about the last people left on Earth The second show of Sink the Pink’s queer Christmas trilogy is m…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

White Christmas review – love and music amid the glitz and glamour by Kate Wyver

Dominion theatre, LondonWith firecracker performance and singalong sounds, this version of the Bing Crosby classic glistens with sexy razzmatazz, but tenderness lies beneath the shiny surfac…

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Henry VI and Richard III review – floundering leaders fight for miserable England by Kate Wyver

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonThe winter of our discontent gets an ungrounded production that even scene-stealing performances by the Globe ensemble can’t make glorious Fickle, brittle he…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Thursford Christmas Spectacular review – a sugar rush of festive cheer by Kate Wyver

Thursford Collection, NorfolkA fever-dream of outrageous talent and suffocating joy, this extravaganza must be seen to be believed, albeit just the once I close my eyes and can see only sequ…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Lucy McCormick: 'I don't stop until I've gone too far' by Kate Wyver

Transgressive, intimidating and smeared with ketchup, the performer loves to give audiences more than they’ve bargained for – from an X-rated Jesus to a bare Boudicca Lucy McCormick pull…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Little Wimmin review – off-kilter cocktail of am-dram and anarchy by Kate Wyver

Pleasance, LondonTheir tongues firmly in their cheeks, Figs in Wigs’ boisterous parody ranges from pun-filled comedy skits to cocktail-making in hazmat suits You probably won’t remember…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Green Fairy review – absinthe musical lacks spirit by Kate Wyver

Union theatre, LondonCliche-drenched lyrics and a lightweight storyline put a cork in the emotional reckoning at this unremarkable story’s heart Empty bottles dangle from the ceiling in th…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Ghost Quartet review – an intoxicating night of ghosts and stars by Kate Wyver

Boulevard theatre, LondonOn a set that looks like an abandoned attic, four characters sing of love, loss and bears, in Dave Malloy’s unearthly song cycle Working its way through myth, magi…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

When the Crows Visit review – an uncomfortable watch devoid of hope by Kate Wyver

The Kiln, LondonFor all its good intentions, Anupama Chandrasekhar’s play about patriarchal violence against women in India relies too heavily on shock I want to shed my skin and scoop out…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing review – the Beatrice and Benedick show by Kate Wyver

Tobacco Factory, BristolA party feel in the first half of Elizabeth Freestone’s production slumps like a hangover when Dorothea Myer-Bennett and Geoffrey Lumb are off-stage Dorothea Myer-B…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Cyrano review – sorely lacking in panache by Kate Wyver

Bristol Old VicA strong poetic lead and fine support can’t make this meandering new adaptation anything more than a slog ‘That was mercifully short,” one actor jokingly sneers, after t…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

There Are No Beginnings review – Yorkshire Ripper drama reclaims female narrative by Kate Wyver

Leeds PlayhouseThe murderer is never named in Charley Miles’s furious, funny play about women in Leeds between 1975-80 With a panoramic sense of empathy, Charley Miles’ heated play sees …

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Out of Order review – putting the boot into a world ruled by clowns by Kate Wyver

Southbank Centre, LondonOur era of buffoonish leadership is brilliantly skewered in Forced Entertainment’s mimed maelstrom of aggression Sweaty, sad and stupidly funny, Forced Entertainmen…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Variant 31 review – immersive zombie caper is more theme park than theatre by Kate Wyver

New Oxford Street, LondonIn an elaborate game of hide and seek, you have to avoid the marauding undead – but the fear and the fun soon fizzle out A hand grabs my ankle and a veiny arm slip…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

One review – two stubborn clowns form a political potboiler by Kate Wyver

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonTalking over each other, getting the audience to choose the ending: Bert and Nasi’s new show may look scrappy but it’s highly relevant Maybe it’s a state-o…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Last King of Scotland review – Ugandan history without the drama by Kate Wyver

Crucible, SheffieldTobi Bamtefa gives a swaggering, thundering performance as the dictator Idi Amin, but this adaptation of Giles Foden’s novel is stodgy and plodding Swaggering and lumber…

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