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Monday, November 11, 2019

‘Powerfully written & performed’: POISONED POLLUTED – Old Red Lion Theatre by Liz Dyer

Kathryn O’Reilly’s second play Poisoned Polluted focuses on the fragmenting relationship between two women – in this case, sisters.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

‘Intriguing & full of surprises’: GASLIGHT – Playground Theatre by Liz Dyer

While this reimagining of Gaslight doesn’t necessarily deliver on all its promises, the production does successfully highlight the continuing relevance of both the story and its core issue.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

‘Horror movie aspect threatens to dominant’: FAST – Park Theatre by Liz Dyer

Based on a true story, Kate Barton’s play Fast invites its audience into the disturbing world of “Dr” Linda Hazzard (Caroline Lawrie), whose controversial fasting diet method claimed t…

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

‘Clever & intriguing premise’: THE OPEN – The Space by Liz Dyer

As with any dystopian drama, the central idea of Florence Bell’s The Open – the GBGC itself – sounds far-fetched, but the foundations on which it’s built aren’t all that implausibl…

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

‘Feels like we’re discovering it for the first time’: THE STRANGE CASE OF JEKYLL & HYDE – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre & Touring by Liz Dyer

Arrows & Traps’ The Strange Case Of Jekyll & Hyde is one for a new generation: an endlessly thought-provoking, unsettling, enthralling production that’s not to be missed.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

‘The storytelling aspect is what makes it unique’: RIVER IN THE SKY – Hope Theatre by Liz Dyer

Just as much as the emotional impact, though, it’s the unique and original approach to the subject matter that makes this debut production from Turn Point Theatre particularly memorable.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

‘A potent reminder of how easily & arbitrarily mental illness can strike’: EQUUS – West End by Liz Dyer

Touching on themes of religion, sexuality and more than one form of mental illness, the play asks some difficult questions and frequently makes for unsettling viewing, and yet Ned Bennett’…

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

‘Quite literally roars on to the stage’: 10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew – Touring by Liz Dyer

While most of us would probably be willing to admit that Taming of the Shrew is far from Shakespeare’s best, Canadian actor, writer and comedian Gillian English has gone a step further and…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

‘I think we need to honour & keep revisiting LGBTQ history’: Ben SantaMaria’s Really Want to Hurt Me goes on tour by Liz Dyer

Writer and director Ben SantaMaria experienced for himself growing up as a gay man in 80s Britain. He wrote the autobiographical show Really Want to Hurt Me as a way to explore what has – …

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

‘Essential viewing’: LUNATIC 19’S – Finborough Theatre by Liz Dyer

With immigrants across the USA bracing for planned Ice raids this weekend, Lunatic 19’s, a topical new play by Iowa-based writer Tegan McLeod, shines a spotlight on the soullessness and ab…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

‘Two hours of silliness & escapism’: ONE GIANT LEAP – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

One Giant Leap is a very silly story with no other mission in mind but providing two hours of pure entertainment.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

’Lots more to recommend it besides nostalgia’: DARK SUBLIME – Trafalgar Studios by Liz Dyer

Dark Sublime is a rare personal drama about an older gay woman trying to find her place and identity in a changing world, with plenty of laughs – particularly aimed at the world of showbiz…

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Monday, July 1, 2019

‘Shakespeare wouldn’t want it any other way’: OTHELLO: REMIXED – Omnibus Theatre by Liz Dyer

In touching on topical issues like knife and gun crime, drugs, discrimination, misogyny and the disaffection of young people in the UK today, Othello: Remixed demonstrates how Shakespeare’…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

‘A story the world still needs to hear’: BARE: A POP OPERA – The Vaults by Liz Dyer

There’s nothing historic about the issues Bare: A Pop Opera tackles, as is emotionally demonstrated in the powerful finale of this new London production at The Vaults.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

‘I tend to write about people whose stories don’t usually get told’: James Martin Charlton premieres his new play Reformation by Liz Dyer

James Martin Charlton is an award-winning playwright whose previous work includes the critically acclaimed Fat Souls, I Really Must Be Getting Off and Coward. This week sees the premiere of …

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

‘Such an absorbing 70 minutes of theatre’: HEDGEHOG – Lion & Unicorn Theatre by Liz Dyer

Insightful, relatable and beautifully performed, let’s hope, unlike the eponymous hedgehog, Hedgehog has a long life ahead.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

‘A polished cast expertly deliver the political satire’: BREXIT – King’s Head Theatre by Liz Dyer

Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky could have come up with a more creative title for their acclaimed political comedy Brexit – but they didn’t really need to, given that actual Brexit has been…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

‘I’m very proud of the work we’ve made’: Arrows & Traps – The story so far by Liz Dyer

Over the last five years, 13-time Offie-nominated Arrows & Traps have become a regular fixture both on the London Fringe scene and on this blog. And the good news is they’re not going …

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘Pretty brutal takedown of the world of 21st century PR’: CUTTINGS – Hope Theatre by Liz Dyer

Cuttings is a sharp, witty and hugely enjoyable play about an industry we all know exists, but somehow seem to forget every time we watch an emotional YouTube apology or read a remorseful st…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘Action-packed, irreverent & hilariously weird’: KILL CLIMATE DENIERS – Pleasance Theatre by Liz Dyer

Action-packed, irreverent and hilariously weird, Kill Climate Deniers nonetheless still succeeds in making a serious and important point, and provides more than enough food for thought to gi…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

‘This thought-provoking play has plenty to say’: PRECIOUS LITTLE – Brockley Jack Theatre by Liz Dyer

It may be called Precious Little, but this thought-provoking play at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre has plenty to say.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

‘You can feel the thronging crowds & lively atmosphere’: J’OUVERT – Theatre503 by Liz Dyer

The image we’re left with is not one of violence in J’Ouvert at Theatre503, but of pride, friendship and resilience, and a community that’s prepared to keep fighting for as long as it …

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

‘Enthralling to watch’: COUNTRY MUSIC – Omnibus Theatre by Liz Dyer

The plot of Country Music may at times be slightly muddled, but the sense of waste and irretrievable loss at its heart comes through powerfully in this excellent revival.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

‘A journey well worth a watch’: HARPER REGAN – Tabard Theatre by Liz Dyer

A complex, surprising and very wordy play, Harper Regan by Simon Stephens certainly fulfils the remit for newly formed theatre company Contentment Productions, whose aim is to champion excit…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

‘I used my personal experience as a starting point’: Michelle Payne brings Sad About The Cows to the Tristan Bates Theatre by Liz Dyer

This week playwright, director and performer Michelle Payne brings her one-woman show Sad About The Cows to Tristan Bates Theatre.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

‘Nostalgic & unashamedly ridiculous comedy musical’: SUMMER STREET – Waterloo East Theatre by Liz Dyer

Summer Street never pretends to be anything other than what it is: a spoof comedy musical that takes an already over-the-top TV format and takes it up another notch or three.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘One thing that can’t be denied is the quality of the performances’: HAIR – Touring by Liz Dyer

Maybe what’s most shocking about Hair isn’t the nudity or the drugs, but the fact that 50 years have passed and nothing’s really changed.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

‘The kind of thought-provoking play that keeps giving’: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – Barons Court Theatre by Liz Dyer

A polished and carefully directed production, Lemons is the kind of thought-provoking play that keeps giving, with plenty of material to ensure an excellent debate in the bar afterwards.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

‘Thrilling, funny & endlessly creative in its storytelling’: SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE SIGN OF FOUR – Greenwich Theatre & Touring by Liz Dyer

The Sign of Four is fast-paced family fun, a great piece of storytelling with a little bit of everything: mystery, comedy, romance (and bromance), and even a bit of a history lesson.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

‘Makes a powerful & lasting impact’: STARVED – Bread & Roses Theatre by Liz Dyer

Michael Black’s two-hander Starved is a quietly challenging and impactful play, which provides an eye-opening insight into what it’s like to live in poverty in Britain today.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Witty & heartwarming story of female friendship’: EGGS – Tristan Bates Theatre by Liz Dyer

Florence Keith-Roach’s two-hander Eggs is a story of two very different women, known only as Girl One and Girl Two. They’ve been friends for years, but lately it’s been becoming harder…

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