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Monday, January 17, 2022

Zoo Mundo review – an exhilarating spin through time and across continents by Mark Fisher

Available onlineFrom a small studio in his family home, Thaddeus Phillips blends magician’s tricks and object-theatre techniques to build a delightful story In the infant artform of online…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03AM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Sleeping Beauty review – mirth-filled frolics with a pinprick of pathos by Mark Fisher

King’s theatre, EdinburghThis year’s edition of the annual King’s panto is a slickly timed, high-spirited affair stuffed with daft jokes, and a moving tribute to the late company membe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54PM
Friday, December 3, 2021

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice review – lively tale lacks hocus-focus by Mark Fisher

Northern Stage, NewcastleA lovable orphan at a low-rent Hogwarts makes her impostor syndrome disappear in a lively reimagining with fun theatrical illusions The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is on…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18PM

Peter Pan review – punchy and playful show has make-believe built in by Mark Fisher

Octagon, BoltonFive actors take on all the parts in Lotte Wakeham’s production, engaging our imaginations in an affecting reworking JM Barrie was obsessed with the loss of youth. It was a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Beauty and the Beast review – a sumptuous reboot of the festive-season fairytale by Mark Fisher

New Vic theatre, Newcastle-under-LymeDirector Theresa Heskins might give us more beast than beauty but, even so, this dark, Disney-divergent adaptation is superb The world described by writ…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:03PM
Sunday, November 28, 2021

Cinderella review – up the workers and boo to the ruling class! by Mark Fisher

Perth theatreButtons unleashes some magical social chicanery in this enjoyable egalitarian twist on the rags-to-riches tale The modern adapter of Cinderella is faced with two questions. How …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Thursday, November 25, 2021

Ten Things to Do in a Small Cumbrian Town review – delightfully deadpan coming-of-age tale by Mark Fisher

Alphabetti theatre, NewcastleWith the irony of a young Victoria Wood, Hannah Sowerby presents a love-hate relationship with Penrith in an inventive one-woman show We talk of Damon Runyon’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Monday, November 15, 2021

Aladdin review – a breathless and brilliant panto by Mark Fisher

Coliseum, OldhamGags, raps and forceful female energy boost this production, which has a huge sense of silliness and good cheer It’s not often you hear a good fart gag, but the Coliseum pa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Monday, November 8, 2021

Jacaranda review – bereavement drama leaves questions unanswered by Mark Fisher

Theatre by the Lake, KeswickTaking refuge in nature helps a Londoner process the loss of a child in a production that, for all its charm, fails to convince Urban life shields us from nature.…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06AM
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Life Is a Dream review – this roaring tale of revenge is extraordinary by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghWils Wilson’s perception-bending production highlights the artifice of a prince’s world, exposing the thin veneer of riches and respectability Segismundo has just …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:32AM
Monday, November 1, 2021

The Tempest review – stirring all-female Shakespeare on the cusp of Cop26 by Mark Fisher

Tron, GlasgowThe climate-change summit inspires a production emphasising the land-grab aspects of Shakespeare’s late play in an imaginative staging The short-term forecast is for a stor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:03AM
Sunday, October 31, 2021

‘The tiger seems to breathe’: Life of Pi comes alive in the West End by Mark Fisher

The pandemic-delayed staging of Yann Martel’s novel is finally arriving in London, and the star of the show is a mesmerising puppet Finn Caldwell is studying four performers perched in the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Beauty and the Beast: The Musical review – old-fashioned pleasures and irresistible set-pieces by Mark Fisher

Edinburgh PlayhouseA refreshed version of the Disney perennial begins a tour of the UK with some spectacular visual feasts and a heart-stopping performance by Courtney Stapleton as Belle Thi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12AM
Friday, October 22, 2021

The Offing review – soft-pedalled adaptation of Benjamin Myers novel by Mark Fisher

Stephen Joseph theatre, ScarboroughJanice Okoh’s version of the 2019 novel waters down the culture clash at its heart and suffers for the lack of the author’s rich prose After Benjamin M…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Saturday, October 16, 2021

Road review – community spirit turns sour in Thatcher’s Britain by Mark Fisher

Northern Stage, NewcastleLittle leavens the air of hopelessness in Jim Cartwright’s 1986 collage of awkwardly staged monologues Angela Rayner would probably approve of the “Tory scum” …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:32AM
Friday, October 15, 2021

Braids/Cheer Up Slug review – lively double bill mines young identity by Mark Fisher

Live theatre, NewcastleThe Durham miners’ gala features in both these short plays exploring contrasting experiences of race and class What are the chances of the Durham miners’ gala mak…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24PM
Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Enemy review – Ibsen thrust into the social media age by Mark Fisher

Dundee RepA conscientious citizen stands against the forces of fake news and self-interest in the National Theatre of Scotland’s provocative adaptation Lewis den Hertog’s images have th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Monday, October 11, 2021

Aaliyah: After Antigone review – Sophocles’s moral dilemmas play out in Bradford by Mark Fisher

Impact Hub Bradford and onlineStruggling zero-hours sisters risk everything as Kamal Kaan’s angsty play transplants the action from Ancient Greece There is a home secretary hell bent on pr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42AM
Friday, September 17, 2021

The Covid Requiem review – an emotional eulogy for the pandemic’s victims by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry Festival theatreLesley Orr and Jo Clifford’s show about the lives of some who have died in the past 18 months is a necessary act of communal remembrance We’ve read about it in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Glee & Me review –a witty look at life and how we live it by Mark Fisher

Royal Exchange, ManchesterLiv Hill is brilliant as a wise-cracking teenager in Stuart Slade’s play about cancer, sex and the mystery of life For those of us with limited tolerance for pl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Sunny Side Up! review – a tasty serving of class-conscious comedy by Mark Fisher

Theatre Royal, WakefieldSet in a northern seaside B&B, John Godber’s latest has a healthy dollop of political analysis beneath its very funny surface According to John Godber’s lates…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Sunday, September 12, 2021

Shine review – a positively radiant one-man show by Mark Fisher

Live theatre, NewcastleKema Sikazwe – AKA actor and rapper Kema Kay – performs a sunny, charming but vulnerable musical monologue about growing up in the northeast of England Kema Sikazw…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03PM
Friday, September 10, 2021

Wings Around Dundee review – dive into the city’s uncomfortable past by Mark Fisher

Dundee RepJohn McCann’s imaginative play follows its characters’ search for answers to tough questions during lockdown – watched over by a pair of very unusual seagulls For the seagull…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Thursday, August 26, 2021

This Is Paradise review – gender relations tell a mesmeric story of Northern Ireland by Mark Fisher

Traverse theatre, EdinburghActor Amy Molloy delivers an elegant monologue that reveals itself as something greater in this supremely thoughtful show Kate Regan is a woman defined by the men …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06PM
Monday, August 23, 2021

Field: Something for the Future Now review – reclaiming freedom al fresco by Mark Fisher

Holyrood Park, EdinburghThis open-air performance brings together a multi-generational company celebrating release from pandemic confinement When your stage is the size of a football pitch a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM

We Are Each Other review – strangers become friends in interactive comedy by Mark Fisher

Summerhall, EdinburghTrevor Lock uses audience participation to satisfy our yearning for community in a show that prioritises connection over action What did we miss most during the pandemic…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

Lonely House review – noir-shaded selection of Kurt Weill’s hits from exile by Mark Fisher

Old College Quad, EdinburghKatharine Mehrling delivers the German master’s songs in ravishing style, accompanied with restraint by pianist Barrie Kosky We’re nearing the end of a medley …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:18AM

Metamorphosis review – playful spin on Kafka for the Zoom age by Mark Fisher

Available onlineGregor Samsa’s sudden bodily dislocation becomes a means of exploring digital-era dilemmas in Hijinx’s irreverent adaptation A few days before the first lockdown, Glasgow…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Friday, August 20, 2021

Eavesdropping review – a colourful walk in the company of strangers by Mark Fisher

Traverse theatre, EdinburghOn an hour-long circuit guided by headphones, graffiti, sculptures and shops wheedle their way into the dialogue If this were a regular show it would be something …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Patricia Gets Ready (for a Date With the Man That Used to Hit Her) review – bold and brilliant by Mark Fisher

Pleasance at EICC, EdinburghAngelina Chudi gives a powerful performance as she tackles the contradictory, confusing experience of meeting an abuser We’ve all done it. You bump into a signi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Tickbox review – smart one-liners about identity and fitting in by Mark Fisher

Army @ The Fringe, Drill Hall, EdinburghIn this warm and witty solo show, Lubna Kerr, the Scottish daughter of middle-class Pakistani immigrants, recounts a lifetime’s encounters with othe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM

All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre