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Monday, October 4, 2021

‘A tonic for these troubled times’: NOT: LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVE — The Core by Michael Davis

Parodies of familiar tales are a well-loved staple of comedic storytelling. Everyone from the Carry On films to Spike Milligan and Mel Brooks have successfully employed this strategy, often …

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

‘Immediately relatable’: THE GLAD GAME – Touring (Online review) ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Every person who has ever been diagnosed with cancer asks at some point “What do I do now?” and “How can I carry on?” While the ‘tropes’ of behaviour post-diagnosis are familiar …

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

‘Layers of meaning’: LOVE BEYOND THE ZOO — BBC Sounds (Online review) by Michael Davis

During the 20th century, absurdism and surrealism surfaced in literature to make pertinent points about human nature and ‘the real world’. Prime examples include Franz Kafka’s The Meta…

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Friday, August 13, 2021

‘A rich play which manages to sidestep clichés’: COLOUR – Edinburgh Fringe (Online review) by Michael Davis

In keeping with its nuanced writing, Colour shows how people of all backgrounds are susceptible to feigning civility, using acts of ‘kindness’, ‘politeness’ and even smiling to hide …

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Monday, May 17, 2021

‘The perfect marriage of concept, lyrics & music’: EVERYTHING IS ABSOLUTELY FINE – House of Blakewell (Online review) by Michael Davis

Originally conceived in 2018, the House of Blakewell’s Everything Is Absolutely Fine is a fitting show to usher in theatre for 2021 and prescient in the way it broaches mental health issue…

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

‘Nice moments of observation’: OBSCENITIES – Theatrical Niche (Online review) by Michael Davis

An anthology of female-led black comedy, Obscenities (which is written by Venetia Twigg and Will Nash) is evidence of theatre’s ability to adapt to our current Covid restrictions. Split in…

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

‘Emotional journeys’: Melancholy / They Also Serve / How To Kill Your Mother – Southwark Playhouse (Online review) by Michael Davis

At the start of 2020, Southwark Playhouse commissioned five playwrights to pen brand new short plays for performance by the Elders Company, its weekly drama group for anyone aged 65 and over.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

‘Corinne Walker plays all the roles with aplomb’: ILLUSIONS OF LIBERTY – Applecart Arts (Online review) by Michael Davis

Written by Lorna Wells and directed by Aisling Gallagher, Illusions of Liberty focuses on Liberty Jones (Corinne Walker) – a young cellist who has just had test results from doctors regard…

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Monday, February 15, 2021

‘The double-edged nature of liberty’: (FIRE) EMBERS (ASH) (Online review) by Michael Davis

First performed on stage in 2015, (Fire) Embers (Ash) – which is written and directed by Hailey Mashburn – has been reimagined as an audio play for 2021.

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Monday, February 8, 2021

‘Sound design & music play a major part in setting the scene’: Depths / If You Cry We Will Kill You / Read To Me – Living Record Festival (O by Michael Davis

As part of the digital Living Record Festival Covert Firmament’s contribution includes 40 separate plays and films, which are written and directed by Dan Horrigan. These include three audi…

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Friday, December 18, 2020

’Has a ring of truth to it’: S-27 – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by Michael Davis

To all the artistic directors out there, let’s have more plays like S-27 at the Finborough Theatre that have something to say about the world today.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

‘Unapologetic about its candour’: ALL OF ME – China Plate Theatre (Online review) by Michael Davis

Originally performed in Edinburgh in 2019, Caroline Horton’s All Of Me returns in two different formats – as an interactive digital version hosted on gaming platform Twine and as an audi…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

‘There’s a Lorca-esque quality to the proceedings’: CAPERUCITA – The Actors Centre (Online review) by Michael Davis

While the play addresses the hopes and fears of those seeking to escape destitution (and achieve a better life), much like the fairy tale it mimics, Caperucita through its choreography and p…

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

‘We get to know these women’: THE ABSENCE OF SILENCE – Chickenshed Theatre (Online review) by Michael Davis

The Absence of Silence is a frank examination of the impact of long-term physical and emotional abuse on women in relationships.

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

‘Especially pertinent at present’: LAST DAY – People Show (Online review) by Michael Davis

Rather than veer down the road trod by films such as I, Daniel Blake, People Show’s Last Day addresses the ‘inconvenience’ of having a conscience if one is in middle management and the…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

‘Taking stock of human connection’: LOVE SCREENS – Open Ealing (Online review) by Michael Davis

In OPEN Ealing’s Love Screens – three short plays that are written by Nicolas Ridley and directed by Anthony Shrubsall – relationships are placed under the microscope: those that have …

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

‘Entertaining & engaging at an emotional level’: DON’T STOP THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW – Chickenshed Theatre (Online review) by Michael Davis

Combining music and choreography with the spoken word, Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow is thoughtful in its conception and ambitious in its scope, looking at the ‘bigger picture’.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

‘Continues to explore the themes of racial identity & femininity’: BLUE BENEATH MY SKIN: Alchemist Theatre Company (Online review) by Michael Davis

The second entry in Alchemist Theatre’s ‘Writers On Hold’ series, Blue Beneath My Skin continues to explore the themes of racial identity and femininity.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

‘Set at a time when suffragettes were regularly making headlines’: JANE CLEGG – Finborough Theatre ★★★★ (Online review) by Michael Davis

While Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is arguably the first and most famous ‘modern’ play about female emancipation from an inequitable marriage, it’s certainly not the only drama to tackle…

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

‘Refreshingly unapologetic’: REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL – Graeae (Online review) by Michael Davis

As an artist, Ian Dury is unique in the annals of British rock music. Contracting polio at the age of seven (which resulted in the paralysis of his left leg, shoulder and arm), Dury didn’t…

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Depicting women from different walks of life: Glass Half Full’s lockdown monologues showcase by Michael Davis

During lockdown, Glass Half Full Theatre have produced a series of monologues that depict women from different walks of life.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

‘The story of a violinist takes on an introspective dimension’: AMSTERDAM – Orange Tree Theatre (Online review) by Michael Davis

While world history is ‘officially’ about facts, in reality, it is an amalgamation of thousands of experiences into one coherent narrative.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

‘The conflicted emotions of relationship aftermath’: LOVE (& LOSS) IN THE TIME OF CORONA – Sherman Theatre (Online review) by Michael Davis

If one were to peruse social media as this time of ‘social distancing’, one thread that surfaces periodically is how hard it is for single people who have no human contact. There is, how…

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

‘A tale that has a special resonance at a time of remembrance’: IT IS EASY TO BE DEAD – Finborough Theatre (Streamed Broadcast) by Michael Davis

A young man whose life was cut short by the First World War, Charles’ poems marked him out of as one the pre-eminent wordsmiths of his time.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

‘Women were sectioned on all sorts of non-medical pretexts’: BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON – Online Fringe Festival by Michael Davis

History shows that right up to the 20th century, women were ‘sectioned’ on all sorts of non-medical pretexts.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

‘Packs a lot of ideas in its hour running time, which flies by’: BAABA’S FOOTSTEPS – Online Fringe Festival (Online review) by Michael Davis

Far from being just a niche tale about familial connections, the play’s intersectionality provides greater depth in the questions and answers it broaches.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

‘Shepherd returns to similar themes’: THE CUTTING EDGE – Arcola Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

The Cutting Edge passes on the message that art in all its forms is about the importance of the human experience, rather than an end in itself.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

‘Belief in the emotional truth of the situation’: THE DOG WALKER – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★ by Michael Davis

In Paul Minx’s play The Dog Walker (which is directed by Harry Burton) we meet two individuals who despite initial appearances, have deep-seated issues that manifest as ‘quirky’ behavi…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

‘Has a gravitas that pulls the audience in’: FLIGHTS – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

In Flights, which is written by John O’Donovan and directed by Thomas Martin, a protracted period of grieving is examined for the first time, leading to an uncomfortable night of self-exam…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

‘Takes on Orton-esque proportions’: ON MCQUILLAN’S HILL – Finborough Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Responsibility to oneself and others permeates On McQuillan’s Hill, as does how isolation – real or imagined – affects one’s mental well-being.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

‘There’s an authenticity in Blessed’s writing that can’t be faked’: Lullabies for the Lost – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

With no topic too grim, too unsettling or embarrassing, Lullabies for the Lost gives a voice to the unsayable and has insights to spare about the human condition.

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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