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Friday, April 28, 2023

‘A razor-sharp satire on all things ableism’: IT’S A MOTHERF**KING PLEASURE – Soho Theatre by Liz Dyer

After a surprisingly (to them) successful stint at this year’s Vault Festival, disability-led FlawBored Theatre returns with It’s a Motherf**king Pleasure at the Soho Theatre, their razo…

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Saturday, April 8, 2023

‘An incredible debut’: SAP – Touring by Liz Dyer

It doesn’t take long to understand why Rafaella Marcus’ debut play Sap garnered so many rave reviews at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. The quality of the writing and its exceptional del…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

‘Feels depressingly timely’: RUSH – Chickenshed Theatre by Liz Dyer

In a week when the UK government doubled down on its harmful and divisive rhetoric with regard to refugees and immigrants, Chickenshed’s new spring show Rush feels depressingly timely. At …

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Saturday, March 11, 2023

‘The epitome of feel-good fun’: THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF MUSICAL – Noel Coward Theatre by Liz Dyer

Back in 2009, when The Great British Bake Off first appeared on our TV screens, nobody could have predicted that a show about people making cakes in a tent would even get a second series, le…

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Sunday, February 26, 2023

‘Clever, multi-layered comedy’: THE PLAY WITH SPEECHES – Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

“Complicated, isn’t it?” says one of the characters early on in James Woolf’s The Play With Speeches – and they’re not wrong. As writer Anthony (Matthew Parker) sits down with di…

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Monday, February 13, 2023

‘Has humour & heart’: DAVID COPPERFIELD – Riverside Studios by Liz Dyer

As adaptations go, they don’t come a lot more ambitious than Simon Reade’s reimagining of David Copperfield at Riverside Studios. The semi-autobiographical novel by Charles Dickens is kn…

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

‘You can’t help but leave feeling uplifted’: SCRATCHES – Vault Festival by Liz Dyer

The subject of Aoife Kennan’s Scratches is a tough one for many reasons – one of which is that, for very good reasons, she can’t actually talk openly about it. And so a sort of code de…

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Saturday, January 14, 2023

‘We’re left wanting more & that’s never a bad thing’: SALT-WATER MOON – Finborough Theatre by Liz Dyer

Though it’s considered to be a Canadian classic, it’s somehow taken nearly 40 years for David French’s Salt-Water Moon to reach the UK, directed by Peter Kavanagh at the Finborough. Pa…

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Sunday, December 18, 2022

‘Intimate, funny & inventive’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

This is far from the only option for anyone wanting to see A Christmas Carol in London this year – but if you’re looking for a performance that’s intimate, funny, inventive and a littl…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

‘Such warmth, inclusivity & pure joy’: JACK! – Chickenshed Theatre by Liz Dyer

It’s the festive season, and of all the Christmas shows on offer this year, I’m not sure they could possibly come much bigger than Chickenshed’s Jack! Playing is believing… As ever, …

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

‘There’s so much joy & heart’: LA MAUPIN – Lion & Unicorn Theatre by Liz Dyer

La Maupin is a folk punk musical celebrating this queer icon, written by Olivia Thompson and performed by a small cast of actor-musicians from female-led theatre company Fantastic Garlands. …

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Saturday, November 5, 2022

‘The central themes remain as relevant as ever’: A SINGLE MAN – Park Theatre by Liz Dyer

Based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood and adapted by Simon Reade, A Single Man follows a day in the life of George (Theo Fraser Steele), a middle-aged British professor living in Los A…

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Saturday, October 15, 2022

‘Both sensitive & brutal in its exploration of a difficult topic’: APPLES IN WINTER – Playground Theatre by Liz Dyer

All I can really say about Apples in Winter at the Playground Theatre is that it’s really, really good, with an immensely powerful one-woman performance from Edie Campbell that will leave …

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Saturday, October 8, 2022

‘Has the makings of a very important piece of theatre’: GUINEA PIGS – The Space by Liz Dyer

There’s a lot to appreciate in Guinea Pigs at The Space. The central inspiration is a topic that’s been deliberately covered up and will therefore be news to many audience members, and E…

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Sunday, October 2, 2022

‘True crime done right’: THE QUALITY OF MERCY – Courtyard Theatre by Liz Dyer

Theatre doesn’t get much more personal than this. The Quality of Mercy is the story of serial killer Harold Shipman, written and performed by Edwin Flay – a patient of Shipman’s as a c…

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

‘Quite haunting’: LANDSCAPE WITH WEAPON – Cockpit Theatre by Liz Dyer

Landscape with Weapon asks some interesting and uncomfortable questions, and ultimately proves that when it comes to morality, right and wrong are not always as clear-cut as we might like th…

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Why should you see dark comedy Blue at the White Bear Theatre? Read on… by Liz Dyer

You’ll like Blue at the White Bear Theatre if… The play is a dark comedy. You will laugh. You will think about the ‘human condition’. You will find some of it absurd because life is …

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Monday, July 4, 2022

’Heartbreaking story told beautifully’: MOMENT OF GRACE – Hope Theatre by Liz Dyer

Inspired by the moment in April 1987 when the princess opened Britain’s first HIV/AIDS unit at London’s Middlesex Hospital and challenged public perceptions of the disease by shaking han…

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Monday, June 20, 2022

‘An innovative & effective piece of theatre’: TEN DAYS IN A MADHOUSE – Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

Going in, it’s hard to know if the technical aspects of Douglas Baker’s production of Ten Days In A Madhouse at Jack Studio Theatre will feel gimmicky, but it quickly becomes evident tha…

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Friday, April 15, 2022

‘A story about regular people finding their way in life’: ANOTHER AMERICA – Park Theatre by Liz Dyer

Bill Rosenfield’s Another America is not quite what I expected – which, it turns out, is the whole point. Inspired by the 1999 documentary film True Fans by Dan Austin, it’s not explic…

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

At Brockley Jack, Arrows & Traps ‘bring to the stage not one but two inspiring real-life stories’ by Liz Dyer

Returning to live performance for the first time in two years, Arrows & Traps prove they’ve lost none of their ambition as they bring to the stage not one but two inspiring real-life s…

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

‘Gently makes us aware of our own ignorance’: THE 4th COUNTRY – Park Theatre by Liz Dyer

Female-led theatre company Plain Heroines “make funny plays about difficult subjects”. That’s an apt description of Kate Reid’s The 4th Country.

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Friday, December 24, 2021

‘Expect very bad language, naughty jokes & drunken celebration’: A PISSEDMAS CAROL – Leicester Square Theatre by Liz Dyer

What if you fancy a festive show but you’re not in the mood for Dickensian drama? Shitfaced Showtime is the answer.

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Monday, December 6, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: My Name Is Not Wigs! by Angela Cobbin by Liz Dyer

How many of us theatre lovers, hand on heart, could name the wig designer working on our favourite productions?

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

‘A great night out thanks to two strong performances’: LOVE DANCE – Chiswick Playhouse by Liz Dyer

Rose is a career woman who wants a baby but not a relationship. Adam’s a deadbeat musician who had a bad childhood and has zero interest in procreating.

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

‘Tackles dark subjects with a deft comedic touch’: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL – Touring by Liz Dyer

Like the 1989 movie on which it’s based, Heathers the Musical has gained an enthusiastic cult following since the UK production first opened at The Other Palace in 2018.

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

‘A clever & joyously silly celebration’: DOING SHAKESPEARE – Bridewell Theatre by Liz Dyer

Northern Comedy Theatre return to the stage with Doing Shakespeare, a clever and joyously silly play celebrating Shakespeare in all his occasionally incomprehensible glory.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

‘This is a tale of extraordinary injustice’: TOKYO ROSE – Southwark Playhouse & touring by Liz Dyer

Based on the true story of one of America’s most controversial trials, Tokyo Rose is a new musical written by Maryhee Yoon and Cara Baldwin, directed by Hannah Benson, and performed by an …

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Friday, October 1, 2021

INTERVIEW: Matthew Seager talks about the new filmed version of his 2017 play In Other Words by Liz Dyer

In Other Words was inspired by writer and performer Matthew Seager’s experiences volunteering in a care home before the pandemic. First performed in 2017 (when Theatre Things reviewed it d…

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

‘Beautifully written & emotionally devastating’: Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough – Southwark Playhouse by Liz Dyer

Beautifully written and emotionally devastating, Cordelia O’Neill’s two-hander Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough sensitively explores the impact of losing a child to…

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Monday, September 13, 2021

‘Writing, direction & performances of the highest quality’: LATELY – Lion & Unicorn Theatre by Liz Dyer

Proforça Theatre’s Lately doesn’t directly address the pandemic, but the emotions it portrays – loneliness, loss and a longing for escape – are feelings audiences will relate to per…

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