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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

‘A compelling creation’: MOUTHPIECE – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Written with deft humour, Mouthpiece is a sharp scalpel used to dissect the highly sensitive and nuanced issues of representation, consent, agency and the ongoing ignorance between the oppos…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

‘Important story for our times’: FUNERAL FLOWERS – The Bunker Theatre by Laura Kressly

Angelique’s story in Funeral Flowers at The Bunker Theatre is one that demands action and puts accountability on adults who work with young people. An excellently written, important story …

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Friday, April 19, 2019

‘There’s plenty to like about this show’: WOW EVERYTHING IS AMAZING – Touring by Laura Kressly

There’s plenty to like about Wow Everything Is Amazing, particularly the young performers. But it feels simultaneously too simple of story, and one that was created by adults and foisted o…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘A compelling capture of a feeling that can eat you alive’: ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM – Camden People’s Theatre by Laura Kressly

Elephant in the Room piece still feels like it’s in development what with its simple structure, but its otherwise a compelling capture of a feeling that can eat you alive, and the struggle…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

‘An excellent balance between political rage & vulnerability’: LUKE WRIGHT POET LAUREATE – Touring by Laura Kressly

In May, the new Poet Laureate will be announced and Luke Wright thinks he’s up for the job. I agree. His lyrical, immediate collection of poems confronting modern Britain’s ills and prai…

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‘Harking back to a bygone era with fantastic panache’: QUEERETERIA TV – Above the Stag by Laura Kressly

To see Andy Bell as Torsten in Queereteria TV, relatively up close, in the flesh, was for me a piece of pop history, big deal again, nostalgia.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

‘Absolutely a play for our times’: PAH-LA – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

It is a richly ironic title then. Pah-La takes aim at the social and emotional structures of patriarchal revenge, and explores a radically non-violent alternative.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

‘As a whole the show is utterly bewitching’: THE CRUCIBLE – Yard Theatre by Laura Kressly

Despite a three-hour running time, this production of The Crucible is pacy and tense enough to be completely enthralling. Thanks to the power of the play itself, some interesting creative de…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

‘Big ideas & goals underpin the writing’: WOLFIE – Theatre503 by Laura Kressly

Despite Wolfie at Theatre503 being the first play from Ross Willis and certainly not a flawless one, it demonstrates a laudable ambition and sense of scale.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

‘Highly visual & engaging production’: GOING THROUGH – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Estelle Savasta’s story of motherhood, unconditional love and the refugees’ perilous journey in Going Through is elevated and mythologised, brought dreamily to life in a highly visual an…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019


This charming kaleidoscope takes the model invented by Craig Taylor in his landmark play One Million Tiny Plays About Britain to present a few dozens vignettes about daily life in Reading.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

‘It is darker, more tangible, more real’: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – West End by Laura Kressly

My mother and her mother, and their generation, faced a crisis: How to stay connected to their heritage and history when the history was so painful? The solution for many was fantasy: unreal…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

‘Deceptively simple & wonderfully surprising’: THE SHOW IN WHICH HOPEFULLY NOTHING HAPPENS – Unicorn Theatre by Laura Kressly

The Show In Which Hopefully Nothing Happens is a deceptively simple and wonderfully surprising little show for little ones, but grownups, particularly those with a penchant for the strange a…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

‘Heartwarming & intimate solo performance’: PASSIONATE MACHINE – Touring by Laura Kressly

The world Rosy Carrick creates through video and storytelling in Passionate Machine is both a joy and an insight into the tenacity of the human spirit and the passion that drives us.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

‘Riveting & aesthetically smashing production’: RICHARD III – Alexandra Palace by Laura Kressly

Forgive me for blending my Shakespeares, but when I try to summarise Headlong’s Richard III, the phrase that comes to mind is pure sound and fury. And wicked good fun, too.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

‘A choral, beatboxing, rap-infused version’: FRANKENSTEIN – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

Frankenstein is a tour de force. A choral, beatboxing, rap-infused version of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, Battersea Arts Centre’s ‘live concept album’ manages to entertain and analys…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

‘Tender & often hard-hitting show’: THE TRICK – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

The Trick is another gem in the Bush’s long list of shows that represent parts of society that aren’t often explored, and brings sparkling joy as well as stark reality to this story of l…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

‘Educates & enlightens audiences’: 10 – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

In 10, playwright Lizzie Milton wants to redress the balance. The potted stories of 10 women who have been largely forgotten in the passage of time unfold in choral celebration, serving to b…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘Could use a dose of Emilia’s fiery rage’: SIX – Arts Theatre by Laura Kressly

I can’t begrudge anyone their enjoyment of Six, a fast-paced display of talented women – I enjoyed it, too. However – rather like the history it’s trying to tell – such awesome per…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

‘The balance of the comic with tragic is spot-on: ANGRY ALAN – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Angry Alan is an angry little show with huge impact that smartly appropriates the rampant misogyny of its subject flipping the mirror so all its flaws are magnified.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

‘Chemistry sparks with compelling unpredictability’: A LESSON FROM ALOES – Finborough Theatre by Laura Kressly

Once A Lesson From Aloes finds its momentum, it keeps moving towards an ending that significantly fractures what remains of the main characters’ lives. Celebrated director Janet Suzman use…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

‘All-singing, all-dancing colonialist fantasy’: THE GREAT EXPEDITION – Secret location by Laura Kressly

The Grand Expedition – the title alone calls to mind the colonial narratives of Dr Livingstone or Phileas Fogg, so it is perhaps no surprise that this show is more interested in presenting…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

‘The spirit of political activism is well-captured’: BALAKLAVA BLUES – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Mark and Marichka Marczyk’s band Lemon Bucket Orkestra shares songs from their newest album in the short, intimately staged gig Balaklava Blues at the Vault Festival.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

‘A concept made all the more powerful by its simplicity’: GREYSCALE – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Lou and Jaz have met on Tinder and are going on a date. A simple premise, but in its use of different narratives, Greyscale highlights the complexities of relationships, sexual power and per…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

‘Painfully relatable’: IT’S NOT A SPRINT – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

If you’re a 20- or 30-something It’s Not A Sprint might be the most painfully relatable show you see all festival – or indeed all year – or perhaps ever

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

‘Like no other production out there at the moment’: AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Outbox Theatre’s latest show And the Rest of Me Floats is a celebration of non-binary and transgender people. It honours the blurry lines of gender and brings joy to people that endure pre…

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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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