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Monday, June 29, 2020

Razed and Confuzed Go Digital review – queer cabaret's night out at home by Kate Wyver

Drag artists play to an invisible audience in a series of recorded works that have a sense of protest at heart The queer cabaret night Razed and Confuzed is normally a physical event, but as…

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Show Me A Good Time review – an extraordinary 12-hour theatre marathon by Kate Wyver

HAU, BerlinAnglo-German group Gob Squad take to the streets of Berlin, London and Sheffield with a livestreamed feat of connection At 1.12am, Bastian Trost invites anyone watching from Berli…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Paper Stages review – joyful DIY theatre kit to act out at home by Kate Wyver

Available online Forest Fringe release a jolly bunch of downloadable plays, games and diversions to inject some performance into lockdown life Forest Fringe have never been one for conventio…

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Yard Online review – switch on your mobile and take a seat on your toilet by Kate Wyver

Yard theatre, Hackney WickThis all-day online festival included a one-to-one performance over the phone, a Ghanaian cook-along and a virtual after-party Hottest front-room seats: the best t…

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

End Meeting for All review – brilliant and bewitching Zoom dramas by Kate Wyver

Available onlineForced Entertainment improvise online conversations that cut to the confusion and frustrations of lockdown Hottest front-room seats: best theatre and dance online Forced Ente…

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Gateshead international festival of theatre – a virtual, virtuoso delight by Kate Wyver

The annual extravaganza was moved ingeniously online for a weekend of shows united in their celebration of togetherness The best theatre and dance to watch online The best arts and entertai…

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Zara review – giant baby leads her army into your living room by Kate Wyver

Available onlineMind the Gap’s enormous outdoor production boldly tackles the stigma faced by a mum with learning disabilities • Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to …

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Hamlet review – the Wooster Group resurrect Richard Burton's Dane by Kate Wyver

Available onlineJohn Gielgud’s 1964 production of Shakespeare’s play haunts this meta-spectacle that questions the nature of performance In these times when “too, too solid flesh” is…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Trainers review – a messy brush with Montaigne by Kate Wyver

Gate theatre, London Sylvan Oswald gives a dystopian twist to the French essayist’s ideas on borders to explore modern gender politics This show is almost as impenetrable as its full title…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Adam Lazarus: 'If you don't teach your son about sex, porn will' by Kate Wyver

The Canadian performer’s controversial show Daughter is coming to London. Its brutal gut-punch experience is not for everyone When Adam Lazarus complained about a seven-year-old boy puttin…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Paines Plough’s Katie Posner and Charlotte Bennett: ‘Our USP is touring so we help give writers a national voice’ by Kate Wyver

With their passion for the immediacy of new writing, Paines Plough’s new joint artistic directors Katie Posner and Charlotte Bennett tell Kate

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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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