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Thursday, March 4, 2021

‘A light touch & a dose of laughter’: FABLES AT THE KITCHEN TABLE – Stute Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Soph is a storyteller, sharing tales from Aesop’s Fables to a virtual audience of school groups on Zoom. Fables at the Kitchen Table is the latest show from Stute Theatre, aimed at childre…

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

‘Intriguing piece’: 24, 23, 22 – Chronic Insanity (Online review) by Louise Penn

24, 23, 22, the latest production from theatre whizzes Chronic Insanity runs about 48 minutes, and is viewed across two devices (computer and phone).

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

‘Not simply a journey through history’: The Road to Prominence / Break Free – Thespie (Online review) by Louise Penn

Thespie has launched its newest concerts in celebration of Black musicians and composers, and of LGBTQIA+ performers. These are now available on demand, and their proceeds go to Black Lives …

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

‘A entertaining confection in the old Broadway style’: DADDY LONG LEGS – Boulevard Productions (Online theatre) by Louise Penn

Daddy Long Legs is an entertaining confection in the old Broadway style, filmed before an audience at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, and presented by Boulevard Productions.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

‘Your chance to boogie in the stars’: HOTLINE – Tron Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

A new audio experience from Tron Theatre and Produced Moon, Hotline is an interactive piece over the telephone, concerning a call to the Moon.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

‘Each performance is well worth seeing’: SECRET SOCIETY OF LEADING LADIES – Barn Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

The Secret Society of Leading Ladies is the latest initiative from the Barn Theatre and it gives you, the viewer, the power to create your own concert.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

‘Simply unmissable’: THE COLOR PURPLE – Curve Leicester (Online review) by Louise Penn

I have loved both book and film of The Color Purple for as long as I can remember. Alice Walker’s novel of strong black females in an America which sees them as not just second-class citiz…

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

‘Perhaps the best one yet’: The Theatre Channel – Episode 5 The Classics of Broadway (Online review) by Louise Penn

We are now into a third lockdown, but the Theatre Cafe and Adam Blanshay Productions continue undeterred with the Theatre Channel’s musical theatre spectaculars.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

‘A hard-hitting fusion of text, images & sound’: AND BREATHE – Living Record Festival (Online review) by Louise Penn

Twelve minutes is the average lifespan of a plastic bag, we are told at the start of Mark Conway and Alex Packer’s hard-hitting fusion of text, images and sound, And Breathe.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

‘Beautifully written & engagingly performed’: ALL ON HER OWN – stream.theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

All On Her Own is an unusual monologue which holds the attention throughout; although perhaps the borderline hysterics of the original version are ultimately truer to the play as written.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

‘Amusing look at love in lockdown’: VALENTINE’S SKETCH SHOW – Northern Comedy Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

The material in Valentine’s Sketch Show feels a little rough at times, but when things click and the company runs with it, you do have a giggle. However, Northern Comedy Theatre (ba…

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

‘A quirky addition to the ‘shows at home’ space’: MANIMALS (Online review) by Louise Penn

Michelle Hudson’s love life is the anchor on which this “NSFW” Zoom show and online app is tethered. Manimals is an interactive show/online game presented as a workshop launch for a ne…

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Friday, February 12, 2021

‘Now & again a synergy of performance, tech & location is achieved’: ROMEO & JULIET (Online review) by Louise Penn

This Romeo and Juliet is an inclusive and diverse production which should please those who wish to see something taking technological risks with a classic piece.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

‘It pulls back the curtain to look beyond the headlines’: MUM CAN YOU HEAR ME? – Living Record estival (Online review) by Louise Penn

Streaming as part of the Living Record Festival, this audio play by Bernadett Szabo, for Peripeteia Theatre Company takes inspiration from the recent people trafficking scandal resulting in …

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

‘Keeps enquiring minds entertained & educated along the way’: THIS NOISY ISLE – Living Record Festival (Online review) by Louise Penn

Streaming as part of the Living Record Festival, This Noisy Isle is an audio drama for children based on The Tempest with stories and activities, a prologue, four tracks and story packs. …

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Friday, February 5, 2021

‘This is as honest as it gets’: A BLOODY SHAMBLES – Living Record Festival (Online review) by Louise Penn

This 20-minute audio play is written, performed and sound-designed by Ella Dorman-Gajic. A Bloody Shambles shares a day in the life of Jess, who suffers from both heavy flow and period pover…

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

From online festivals to streaming platforms, here’s a digital theatre catch-up to lift your spirits by Louise Penn

Welcome to our first 2021 round-up of digital shows available for you to watch in the next few weeks. From large-scale musicals to Zoom experiences, student showcases to the Bard, fi…

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

‘The friendly chemistry zips off the screen’: FALLING STARS – Union Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Falling Stars, a loving musical tribute to the great songwriters of the first three decades of the 20th century, is now streaming for a second time on stream.theatre.

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Monday, February 1, 2021

‘We should listen & we should be angry’: TAKE CARE – Living Record Festival (Online review) by Louise Penn

With the current pandemic crisis facing the NHS, it is timely for Écoute Theatre to revive Take Care, its verbatim piece on informal carers and social care funding.

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

‘It does & should make a viewer think’: We Ask These Questions of Everybody – soundfestival (Online review) by Louise Penn

Produced by HERA, We Ask These Questions of Everybody uses text drawn from real conversations; samples, soundscapes and singing. It is performed by a cross-genre, all-disabled ensemble, plac…

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

‘A tower of strength in the female-led space’: GIRLPLAY – [email protected] (Online review) by Louise Penn

Rampant Collective’s latest show GirlPlay is a wickedly funny exploration of teenage sexuality and female curiosity.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

‘Some scenes are all-out hilarious’: I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE – Lambert Jackson Productions (Online review) by Louise Penn

The latest digital show from Lambert Jackson Productions and the London Coliseum is the Off-Broadway hit, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

‘Slap ’N’ Tickle’s feminist voice has triumphed in this film’: THE MEAT CABARET – [email protected] (Online review) by Louise Penn

A vicious satire on the beauty industry as depicted in the media, The Meat Cabaret is Slap ‘n’ Tickle’s new show. An abrasive musical which makes up in innovative ideas for any lack of…

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

‘It’s all rather lovely’: ISLANDER – Radio 4 (BBC Sounds) by Louise Penn

New musicals like the award-winning Islander continue to challenge the status quo of what the genre can offer. The two-hander cast of Kirsty Findlay and Bethany Tennick p...

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Monday, January 25, 2021

‘Interesting exploration of the seedy side of internet fame’: CONTROVERSY – Living Record Festival (Online review) by Louise Penn

A six-part web series about social influencers, Controversy is filmed entirely on Zoom. It is written by Maya Katherine, who stars as Hayley, a student who aims to hit the big time and becom…

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

‘An absurdist piece of mischief’: I STOLE SATAN’S GIRLFRIEND – Thornhill Theatre Space (Online review) by Louise Penn

Scott McQuaid’s short play premiered on the virtual Thornhill Theatre Space. At just 14 minutes, I Stole Satan’s Girlfriend feels more like a television comedy sketch than a fully-fledge…

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

‘Part Zoom meeting, part supernatural chiller’: BROKEN LINK – Living Record Festival (Online review) by Louise Penn

What starts as a glimpse into a private chat between friends becomes something much more complicated and dark as Broken Link progresses.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

‘Open, thought-provoking, funny & heartbreaking’: OVERFLOW – Bush Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

New play Overflow by Travis Alabanza returns as a digital stream and proves to be an intriguing hour about the politics of women’s bathrooms and who is allowed in them.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

’An intriguing piece of work’: ALIVE – [email protected] – Season 2 (Online review) by Louise Penn

Alive feels a very sensitive exploration of close companionship despite clear differences, and the discussion around “letting go” were starkly presented, slickly directed by Penny Cole.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

‘It’s raw, brave & controlled’: AVALANCHE – Bloom Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

The beauty of Avalanche is not just in the poetry of its words, but also the honesty it displays on tough subjects within scene changes and forbidding musical motifs.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

‘We need the escapism of entertainment more & more’: All I Want for Christmas Is Theatre / Hopeful Holidays (Online review) by Louise Penn

A double whammy of festive musical frolics for the festive season reached us with the launch of Thespie’s All I Want For Christmas Is Theatre and The Theatre Channel’s fourth episode Hop…

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All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre