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Thursday, July 9, 2020

‘Timely, well-produced & engrossing throughout’: BLACK WOMEN DATING WHITE MEN – Talking Back Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

In advance of its inclusion in this year’s Hollywood Fringe (which is taking place virtually), Black Women Dating White Men has been made available as a Zoom recording put together during …

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Monday, July 6, 2020

‘Sharply funny & sweetly touching’: NIGEL SLATER’S TOAST (Online review) by Louise Penn

Hot on the heels of their starry audio version of The Understudy, Lawrence Batley Theatre has now released an audio version of Toast to the digital space following a successful tour last yea…

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

‘Beautifully done, if you don’t find that sort of thing unbearable’: LOVE LETTERS AT HOME – Fuel Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Love Letters At Home takes the well-worn Our Tune concept from the old days and uses it to develop a show where, no matter what’s going on and whether we are together and apart, it is alwa…

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Friday, July 3, 2020

‘A quick diversion at just 11.5 minutes’: LAG – A ZOOMSICAL COMEDY (Online review) by Louise Penn

At just eleven and a half minutes, this satirical musical by Haddon Kime is a quick diversion on YouTube from the Atlanta-based company Out of Hand.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

‘An entertaining & fresh take on Shakespeare’s canon’: BARD FROM THE BARN – Barn Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester has built on its broadcast earlier in lockdown of Henry V to develop a sequence of thirty-five monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Series one begins…

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Please help, Oliver Dowden: Theatres are on their knees by Louise Penn

I'm sharing the message that I've sent to Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). Large West End production compan...

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

‘Strips back perceptions of what theatre should be’: ENTITLED – Quarantine (Online review) by Louise Penn

Up to Manchester for this Zoom screening of 2011’s mix of movement and words from Quarantine, followed by a discussion with the creatives. Entitled is “a show about nothing” on …

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Friday, June 12, 2020

In Praise of Love… & Zoom: How can a classic play be shown in a medium never designed to present it? by Louise Penn

In Praise of Love is a complex play which relies on a claustrophobic gathering of people in one place and the tensions which come from hiding their feelings. Over the past two weeks the…

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Why do theatres deserve to be saved? How do you measure worth? by Louise Penn

The government stance appears to be that the arts is on its own and needs to prove its worth. I think, and hope, theatre has over many years of serving towns, topics and communities. I want …

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

‘Never before available to a wide audience, Brecht’s premiere is theatrical gold’: Mother Courage & Her Children – Berliner Ensemble (Onli by Louise Penn

The Berliner Ensemble have located a jewel in their theatre history. Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage is a modern classic of the German theatre. Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage is …

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Monday, May 25, 2020

‘Christopher Green is a performer of charisma, with interesting body language & a vision in pink’: NO SHOW – Yard Theatre by Louise Penn

I wanted to try out something from The Yard Online’s day of fun, and chose No Show, a Zoom performance which sounded something a bit different. It’s ...

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

‘A strong debut with a smoky late-night vibe’: One Voice by Siobhan Dillon (Album review) by Louise Penn

'For the first time in my life, I feel truly vulnerable when I am singing these songs. It’s terrifying and exhilarating at the same time.' West End performer Siobhan Dillon’s new …

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Did you tune in live to last month’s All The Web’s a Stage? ‘A brilliant day’s entertainment’ by Louise Penn

Is it worth watching? If you like watching theatre or performance, yes. There are songs, monologues, poems, stand-up (or sit-down) routines, and a lot of charm and commitment. …

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

‘Fast-paced & endlessly creative’: SUPER HAMLET 64 (Online review) by Louise Penn

Edalia Day brings their mix of observational comedy, music, and Shakespearean interpretation to the video game space in the show Super Hamlet 64.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

‘Matthew Kelly & David Yelland are more than a match for each other’: A HABIT OF ART – Original Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Original Theatre’s touring production of The Habit of Art was one I missed in 2018. It was due to return this year, but circumstances being as they are, here is a streamed version availabl…

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

‘This is Clare Burt’s show’: FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS – Chichester Festival Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Making a dramatic property based on a book into a musical can sometimes be hit and miss, whatever the quality of the source material or the best intention of the adaptor.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

‘The DUP’s unbending view on God & Christian life is given sharp focus’: ABOMINATION – Queen’s Theatre, Belfast (Online review) by Louise Penn

Conor Mitchell’s provocative and high camp opera Abomination: a DUP Opera made its streaming debut on the new Queen’s Film Theatre online player, in a recording filmed at the Lyric Theat…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

‘Truly unsettling’: BUBBLE – Theatre Uncut (Online review) by Louise Penn

Bubble looks at the issues of free speech, feminism, misogyny, the use of language, the misuse of technology, the moral minefield around reportage, and the rise of hate groups. Bubble…

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

‘The NHS doesn’t just treat illness. It fights fear’: CHECK-UP (Online review) by Louise Penn

This show by political comedian Mark Thomas takes a long, hard look at our National Health Service in its seventieth year of operation. He shadowed medics and interviewed clinical experts, e…

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Monday, April 6, 2020

‘I would be fascinated to see how this piece develops’: Orangutan – Cup of Brew (Online review) by Louise Penn

Orangutan is presented by Cup of Brew, written by Toby King, directed by Fiona Kingwill, and performed by Louise Waller. We first meet Alice sitting on her messy bed, overflowing with cushio…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

‘This is a real theatre of war’: HENRY V – Cirencester (Online Review) by Louise Penn

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester is not a venue I have been to in person, so I am happy to be able to go “once more into the breach” in the ultramodern version of Shakespeare’s Henry V.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

‘The irony cuts deep & the writing is sharp’: SINCE U BEEN GONE – Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Online Review) by Louise Penn

I am delighted that Teddy Lamb has decided to make this recording of Since U Been Gone at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year available for a limited time on YouTube.

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

‘Playful, poignant & raw’: I AND YOU – Hampstead Theatre (Online Review) by Louise Penn

Filmed in 2018, I And You by American writer Lauren Gunderson makes a welcome, limited, return to Hampstead Theatre’s Instagram. Screencap from I And You Maisie Williams make…

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