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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

‘I am totally immersed in this trial’: THE JUSTICE SYNDICATE – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

I’m not sure whether The Justice Syndicate is a play, event, experiment, or interactive performance. Whichever of this, it doesn’t really matter and certainly presents an interesting fut…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

‘Diversions add humour, reflection & profundity’: BINAURAL DINNER DATE – Rich Mix by Laura Kressly

It’s that self-conscious laughter in Binaural Dinner Date that arises from the artifice of a first date and the things we are asked to do/share, but there are several diversions that add h…

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

‘A gripping piece’: TRYST – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Thanks to three great performances and a taut script, Tryst is a gripping piece. The three characters are well-rounded and convincing, and as lies unravel and confessions are made it is diff…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

‘Their voices combine in storytelling & song’: CALL ME FURY – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Call Me Fury tells what we know of the stories of these women (although there were some men, too). The four-strong cast swoop amongst us in the small, thrust space playing judged and jury, w…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

‘Funny, clever & moving’: THE CULT OF K*NZO – Touring by Laura Kressly

Cosmopolitan’s current most-read article is a feature on a $35 maternity dress worn by Megan Markle. This is, as explored in performance artist Paula Varjack’s latest work, an example of…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

‘A one-woman emotional tornado’: SUPERHOE – Royal Court by Laura Kressly

Essentially, Superhoe is a story about losing and then finding yourself again. Nicôle Lecky also takes us on a journey through our warped view of social media and what it means to be a dre…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

‘Fabulously surreal & sassy evening’: Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Idiosyncratic, eccentric, fearless and alien-like are just a few of the descriptors a rudimentary Google search of Tilda Swinton will throw up. Based on these, Byron Lane’s Tilda Swinton A…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

‘It’s impossible to look away’: DRENCHED – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Parody is too broad a stroke to apply to Drenched at the Vault Festival. There is something more intelligent and altogether weird and wonderful at work here.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

‘Emotional, visceral & raw’: KICKING ALL THE BOXES – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Naoise Murphy may be a fictional boxer in Kicking All the Boxes but actor-writer Liz FitzGibbon was a teenage European kickboxing champion in her own right. When she left school she left the…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

‘Emotional, engaging & vital piece of theatre’: WELCOME TO THE UK – Bunker Theatre by Laura Kressly

Welcome to the UK is an emotional, engaging and – most importantly – vital piece of theatre. If only the government could be made to watch this, perhaps it will see that its inhumane pol…

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

‘Intelligent & terrifying theatre at its best’: SÉANCE – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Séance is one of two productions that Darkfield has brought to the VAULT Festival this year, and this sensory explosion is not one for the faint-hearted.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

‘Spilled from the mind of someone who’s been there’: 17 – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

17 does not disappoint. Its confessional tone is threaded with beat poetry set to tracks and there’s even a rap – although the cavernous walls of Vaults unfortunately eat some of the wor…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

‘Stellar performances & a stunning soundscape’: OUTLYING ISLANDS – King’s Head Theatre by Laura Kressly

There are some stellar performances and a stunning soundscape from Atticist in Outlying Islands at the King’s Head Theatre.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

‘A perfect play for our troubled times’: WAR OF THE WORLDS – New Diorama Theatre by Laura Kressly

Orson Welles’ 1938 broadcast of The War of Worlds caused widespread panic with its reports of an alien invasion in New Jersey. Or did it? Did the newspapers exaggerate the reaction to sell…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

‘The cast is electric’: TIME IS LOVE / TIEMPO ES AMORE – Finborough Theatre by Laura Kressly

By the last ten minutes, the energy of the language and the characters’ burning need for meaningful relationships in Time is Love has set the place alight.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

‘A witty comedy of reconciliation & acceptance’: CHASING BONO – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais turn the serious premise of Chasing Bono into a witty comedy of reconciliation and acceptance.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

‘The leads are exceptional in all the roles they take on’: MURDER FOR TWO – The Other Palace by Laura Kressly

Ed MacArthur and Jeremy Legat are exceptional in all the roles they take on in Murder For Two. Both pianists and triple threats, they charm their way through the story that tries so hard for…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

‘Some of the best of this year show anger, fear, uncertainty’: Top Ten productions of 2018 by Laura Kressly

Growing global discontent has been the hallmark of 2018, and 2019 is looking even worse. The last few years have marked a rise of the far-right, but theatremakers in opposition are letting a…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

‘Diverse, accessible & fun’: Snow White & the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon – Ovalhouse by Laura Kressly

Snow White & the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon is a great take on a classic Christmas show and despite a few narrative shortcomings, it charms, entertains and gently addresses some of t…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘A real Christmas treat’: GUYS & DOLLS – Sonning by Laura Kressly

With the definitive MGM film never far from mind, it can be hard to find an original spin to put on Guys & Dolls. Joseph Pitcher’s production doesn’t stray far from the 1955 version…

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

‘Exploration of feminine rage performed by a diverse ensemble’: HOLE – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Leaving the Royal Court after watching Ellie Kendrick’s new play Hole, I overhear another audience member describe feeling like she has just been “hit over the head with a sledgehammer…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

‘A good alternative to more typical Christmas theatre’: BURKE & HARE – Jermyn Street Theatre by Laura Kressly

Burke & Hare, a story of two men who murder people in order to sell their corpses to doctors in 1820s Edinburgh shouldn’t work as a dark character comedy with music. But largely work …

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

’Seventy-five minutes of loud noises & bright colours’: SEUSSICAL – Southwark Playhouse by Laura Kressly

It’s difficult to work out who the musical Seussical is for and why it’s been revived. Trying to imagine how a 10-year-old might watch this show doesn’t help answer these questions.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

‘Plenty of camp Christmas cheer’: PLAID TIDINGS – Bridge House Theatre by Laura Kressly

Excellently sung vintage tunes by great singers deliver plenty of camp Christmas cheer in Plaid Tidings at the Bridge House Theatre.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

‘Unique, engaging & thought-provoking’: THE DARK – Ovalhouse by Laura Kressly

The Dark is an exhilarating and personal journey through the dusty backroads of Uganda in 1979. Jumping between then and present day, Michael Balogun tenderly tells author Nick Makoha’s st…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

‘A refreshing & necessary take on singledom’: THE EX-BOYFRIEND YARD SALE – Camden People’s Theatre by Laura Kressly

Haley McGee’s The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale is an intimate work that draws on numerous techniques that both move and surprise, and the effect is one of warmth and care.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

‘Will leave audiences uncomfortable, nostalgic & heartbroken’: CUCKOO – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Cuckoo by Lisa Carroll has all the elements of a wonderful coming-of-age story. Set in a small Irish town, this play packs many a punch, giving us a raw look at what it means to not fit in, …

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘The two plays are starkly different’: PINTER FOUR – West End by Laura Kressly

Pinter Four continues Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinter season with the Lyndsey Turner-directed Moonlight starring Robert Glenister as a dying patriarch who bemoans his family’s absence…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

‘The first score since Hamilton to earn a place on my regular playlist’: HADESTOWN – National Theatre by Laura Kressly

Hadestown is certainly a welcome contribution to London’s musical theatre. The excellent score and unrelenting criticism of corporate systems that enslave the poor in awful conditions and …

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

‘Jamie Lloyd varies the tone, pace & style’: PINTER THREE – West End by Laura Kressly

Pinter Three features 11 plays, allowing director Jamie Lloyd to vary tone, pace and style with shorter, more amusing sketches bookended by two more heavyweight works; Landscape and A Kind o…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

‘Energy & chemistry fizzes throughout’: BEAUTY & THE BEAST – King’s Head Theatre by Laura Kressly

Fat Rascal Theatre Company has created magic in its gender-swapped, musical parody of Beauty and the Beast.

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