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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

‘Growing up in north London as a Black, gay man’: Behind the scenes of Passion Fruit at The Glory by Laura Kressly

Despite the best of intentions, working with friends doesn’t always turn out well. It can lead to crossed boundaries, arguments, and environments that make others uncomfortable.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

‘Consistently holds the audience’s attention’: MAY QUEEN – Paines Plough Roundabout by Laura Kressly

Leigh’s doing her GCSEs but all she and the girls at school can talk about is the upcoming May Day event, where Leigh’s playing the May Queen.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

‘Leaves an uplifting note embracing some serious girl power’: LOVEFOOL – Edinburgh Fringe by Laura Kressly

Written and performed by Rachel E. Thorn, Lovefool makes nostalgia a fun treat for those who can take hints involving pop music lyrics and a magazine’s cringe sections. If that’s you, th…

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

‘A place of comedy & heart-warming friendship’: MADHOUSE – Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Laura Kressly

Welcome to the Madhouse, a place of chaos and confusion, typical of student house-sharing. A group of six friends gives a bittersweet glimpse of early adulthood, a path as messy as the kitch…

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

‘Moving & enticing’: HJEM – Greenhouse Theatre by Laura Kressly

Hjem at the Greenhouse Theatre is suffused with tenderness and has the potential to magnify the characters and their songs to embark on a more extensive, profound journey.

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

‘Explores with subtlety the theme of natural heritage’: 12 – Greenhouse Theatre by Laura Kressly

12 at the Greenhouse Theatre draws a line between language, environment and memory in a tender story of hope and deep affection that questions what is worth preserving as we lose our grasp o…

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Monday, August 2, 2021

‘Really very little to fault’: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS – Royal Shakespeare Company by Laura Kressly

The visual interpretation and slapstick style of the RSC’s The Comedy of Errors make it a joy to watch, with timing used creatively to garner the most laughs.

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Friday, July 30, 2021

‘Scopes is inherently funny & an excellent clown’: SOMEWHERE TO BELONG – Lion & Unicorn Theatre by Laura Kressly

Theatre needs more bisexual stories and with further development, Somewhere To Belong at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre could go a long way in improving representation.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

‘A ridiculously entertaining evening’: CHOIR OF MAN – London Wonderground by Laura Kressly

Choir of Man entertains in the Wonderground Earl’s Court, from ubiquitous producers the Underbelly. It is certainly hard to leave without a big smile on your face.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

‘Murphy is a master of his craft’: Friend (The One With Gunther) – Stream.Theatre (Online review) by Laura Kressly

Definitely a bold valley to travel down, Friends fans should explore Friend (The One With Gunther), a nugget of not-so-guilty pleasure watching.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

‘The writing is gripping’: …cake – Theatre Peckham by Laura Kressly

Theatre Peckham’s artistic director Suzann McLean hits the target as she notes that …cake is a bold new play which honours intersectionality.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

‘Absurd & often poignant gig’: Life: LIVE! – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

Lucy McCormick’s show Life: LIVE! is a powerful social commentary that prompts rethinking on the expectations we have of those in the spotlight.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

‘A reminder that what we do & who we are matters’: SHEDDING A SKIN – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

by Laura Kressly Whilst feeling uncertain and lost may well be something everyone goes through at least at one point in their life, thats no consolation in the moment. Everyone else seems to…

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Friday, June 25, 2021

‘Complex & sophisticated’: seven methods of killing kylie jenner – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Leanne Henlon as Cleo and Tia Bannon as Kara deliver extraordinarily versatile performances endowed with conviction and passion in seven methods of killing kylie jenner at the Royal Court Th…

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Book Review: Hamilton & Me – Giles Terera by Laura Kressly

In Hamilton and Me, Giles Terera shares his personal story and relationship with Hamilton and his character, Aaron Burr. It covers how he auditioned for the role of ‘the villain’ and the…

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

‘An innovative response to the pandemic’: THEATRE FOR TWO – Stanley Arts by Laura Kressly

by Laura Kressly In the middle of a dark room, I am ushered into what looks like a largish, stand-alone cupboard. With a spotlight above a single chair facing a perspex sheet covered with a …

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

‘It’s in these little moments that this collage excels’: THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS – Shoreditch Town Hall by Laura Kressly

There isn’t a linear plot or story in The Language of Kindness, rather it’s in the individual moments between an unwell person and their nurse where this piece has its emotional power.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

‘Honest & intense’: NO STRINGS ATTACHED – King’s Head Theatre by Laura Kressly

It’s been 436 days since the King’s Head Theatre closed its doors due to the pandemic, but who’s counting. The theatre makes a comeback with the debut of No Strings Attached by Charles…

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Friday, May 28, 2021

‘Fizzes along at an entertainingly quick pace’: HERE COME THE BOYS – London Palladium by Laura Kressly

After the past year, you can certainly do a lot worse than Here Come The Boys in terms of sheer entertainment in this fun, slick evening.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

‘The moral dilemma is tricky’: MONEY – Southwark Playhouse (Online review) by Laura Kressly

This digital production of The Money (written by Isla van Tricht and directed by Guy Woolf), is really well done. It’s slick, with an excellent script and fantastic actors.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

‘All out for some action & adventure’: FROSTBITE: WHO PINCHED MY MUFF – Garden Theatre by Laura Kressly

Despite the show only having a week’s run and now closed due to London’s descent into Tier 3, Frostbite: Who Pinched my Muff? deserves recognition.

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Friday, July 17, 2020

‘Truly lifts a mirror up to pandemic life’: BARD IN THE YARD – Park Hill Park, Croydon by Laura Kressly

If you can afford your own private performance, Bard in the Yard is a wonderful, gentle re-introduction to live theatre and a reminder of why we love it so much.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

‘Given the success of TED Talks, lecture-performance seems particularly suitable to on-screen viewing’: Thinking Bigly (Online review) by Laura Kressly

Between Ben Yeoh and David Finnegan, there’s an impressive array of interests, knowledge and skills. Theatre, economics and climate change are among them.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

’An entertaining performance from a magnetic performer’: I, MALVOLIO – TOURING (Online Review) by Laura Kressly

I, Malvolio is Tim Crouch’s retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night through the eyes of the blighted and picked-upon puritan, Malvolio. It’s the fourth time Crouch has written such an…

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Monday, March 30, 2020

‘Let the debate commence’: BUBBLE – Theatre Uncut (Online Review) by Laura Kressly

Kieran Hurley explores free speech and the nature of online debate in Bubble.

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

‘What we see on the news about Palestine is not this story’: VISIT BETHLEHEM – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Visit Bethlehem is a short, sharp, site-specific show which imaginatively blends fun into a personal tale about the brutal reality of living under military occupation.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

‘Heart-breaking, wonderfully crafted piece’: LÒNG MẸ – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

As a child of an immigrant mother, the double-bill is Lòng Mẹ like a beloved jumper that’s scratchy but warm, you embrace the small pains because the comfort and love is so much stronge…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

‘Sparky & compelling story’: MEAT – Theatre 503 by Laura Kressly

Writer Gillian Greer confidently addresses nuances and problems around sex and consent in Meat at Theatre 503 and director Lucy Jane Atkinson ensures tensions consistently run high.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

‘Particularly fiendish’: JEKYLL & HYDE – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

This is certainly something different to the majority of the festival’s shows: rather than a traditional show, it is a scavenger hunt/immersive promenade show, put on by established compan…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

‘Delivered with an unrelenting energy’: COLLAPSIBLE – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Breffni Holahan delivers Margaret Perry’s script for Collapsible with an unrelenting energy that starts high and reaches stratospheric levels.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

‘Fitting tribute to a comedy classic’: DAD’S ARMY RADIO SHOW – Touring by Laura Kressly

Dad’s Army Radio Show is every bit as quaint as Godfrey’s sister’s cucumber sandwiches and every bit as cosy and comfortable as one of Pike’s scarves.

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