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Monday, July 15, 2019

‘It’s the journey that’s more important than the destination’: LUNATIC 19’S – Finborough Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

In Tegan McLeod’s play Lunatic 19’s, which is directed by Jonathan Martin, we meet a young woman of Hispanic descent who happens to be at the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

‘The point of the play is still relevant’: THE CENSOR – Hope Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Anthony Neilson – himself a theatrical bête noire in terms of his fearless probing at the underbelly of sexuality – and directed by Imogen Beech, The Censor is as much a ‘b…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

‘The relationships between the family ring true’: SUMMER ROLLS – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Tuyen Do and directed by Kristine Landon-Smith, Summer Rolls focuses on an ‘invisible’ demographic – the Anglo-Vietnamese.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘An inexhaustible fascination in the minutiae of life’: FLUX – Touring by Michael Davis

Theatre company Smoking Apples has since its inception used puppets and physical theatre to create imaginative labours of love. In Flux, we meet Kate, a 30-something physicist in 1984, worki…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

‘Naturally engages the audience’s empathy’: WOKE – Battersea Arts Centre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written and performed by Apphia Campbell, Woke connects the experiences of the civil rights movement in the 1960s-70s with events of the present day.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘The scenes are allowed to breathe’: COUNTRY MUSIC – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Simon Stephens and directed by Scott Le Crass, Country Music examines the life of a young offender over a span of 17 years.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘Puts a human face on an age-old problem’: HOARD – Arcola Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Bim Adewunmi and directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr, Hoard takes the familiar scenario of the introduction of ‘the boyfriend’ to kin, but bringing the focus firmly on family dynami…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

‘Atwell’s performance anchors the play’: ROSMERSHOLM – West End ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written in 1886, Henrik Ibsen’s play Rosmersholm has a new-found poignancy in today’s political climate.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

‘Sad that this show wasn’t available years ago’: Rejoicing at her Wondrous Vulva the Young Woman Applauded Herself – Ovalhouse ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Bella Heesom explores the subliminal messages that girls assimilate from a young age in Rejoicing at her Wondrous Vulva the Young Woman Applauded Herself at Ovalhouse.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

‘Many things to commend’: FRIDAY NIGHT LOVE POEM – Touring ★★★★ by Michael Davis

But seeing as sex permeates all walks of life, where does one find honest, unbiased answers? Written by Natalia Knowlton and directed by Sammy Glover, Friday Night Love Poem addresses this c…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘The respective character arcs are satisfying in their own right’: SITTING – Arcola Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

There have been a number of plays that have dealt with the importance of ‘art’ and what the viewer brings to its ‘meaning’. Sitting – which is written by Katherine Parkinson and di…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

‘An examination of culture’s place in one’s identity’: CRY HAVOC – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Tom Coash and directed by Pamela Schermann, Cry Havoc looks at a relationship between a British man and someone from Egypt.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

‘A look at two extraordinary women from the 17th century’: ORANGES & INK – Tristan Bates Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

While the reign of Charles II ushered in a libertine ambience in 17th century Britain, the two people who exemplify the spirit of the age were women – and ‘known’ to the king himself.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

‘The wisdom is in the casting’: KING LEAR – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Directed by James Eley, Shakespeare’s tale of ancient Albion, King Lear, is transposed to the turbulent times of the present day.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

‘Examines a seldom-explored chapter of Dutch history’: THE PROJECT – White Bear Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

The Project highlights the emotional cost that war places on people and the malleability of relationships under such circumstances.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

‘Individual performers get their chance to shine’: STRIKE UP THE BAND – Upstairs at the Gatehouse by Michael Davis

Directed by Mark Giesser and the inspiration for the Peter Sellers’ comedy The Mouse That Roared – where a small European country is at war with the United States – Strike Up The Band …

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Monday, February 18, 2019

‘Has an extra frisson’: IN SEARCH OF APPLAUSE – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★ by Michael Davis

Written and performed by Maroussia Vladi, In Search Of Applause examines the choices a young woman makes regarding fulfilment and ‘happiness’ – from her initial idealism to ‘lying in…

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

‘Ducking and diving has never been so frenetic’: TOBACCO ROAD – Vault Festival ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Based on a seldom-discussed chapter in London’s history, Tobacco Road highlights the aspirations and pitfalls of yesteryear, yet gives it a contemporary spin. ‘Ducking and diving’ has …

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Friday, February 15, 2019

‘Where it works, it works really well’: A BEAUTIFUL NOISE – West End & Touring ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Taking up the mantle, A Beautiful Noise is a tribute show by Fisher Stevens to the music of Diamond. Performing in lead vocals for the majority of songs, Stevens makes every effort to look a…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

‘Shows us nothing has changed’: TOKENS OF AFFECTION – Waterloo East Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Maureen Lawrence and directed by Charlie Barker, Tokens of Affection takes place in a special teaching unit in Rotherham for ‘troublesome’ girls, during the early eighties.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

‘Sheds light on the dark corners of human behaviour’: THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR – Hope Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

During the sixties, Orton’s plays such as Loot and Entertaining Mr Sloane showed an hitherto unseen side of British society on the stage and challenged the double standards of the ‘moral…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

‘Perceptive & well-developed’: THE SHY MANIFESTO – Touring ★★★★ by Michael Davis

How often have you heard: “He’s a bit on the shy side.” “She doesn’t say much does she..?” Directed by Cat Robey, Michael Ross’ The Shy Manifesto looks at the way the world tre…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

‘About stillness in a chaotic world’: SALAAM – Vault Festival ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Taking a female perspective on racial tensions in modern day Britain, Sara Aniqah Malk’s Salaam takes place during the Muslim fasting season of Ramadan. Mariam (Yasmin Wilde) is a devout M…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

‘The draw is Christie’s deft writing’: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – County Hall ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Everyone loves an Agatha Christie tale. Unlike the films and programmes involving Ms Marple or Poirot that are often repeated on television, Witness For The Prosecution (which is directed by…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

‘Leaves an indelible smile on the face’: THRILLER LIVE – West End ★★★★ by Michael Davis

This summer will mark the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. Has it really been that long? On a more positive note, this month marks the 10th anniversary of the Thriller Live mus…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

‘Has much to say about sexual politics’: GENTLEMAN JACK – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written and directed by Ross McGregor, Gentleman Jack looks at the truth behind a woman who was a pioneer in entrepreneurship, mountaineering and in some ways ‘a modern lesbian’.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

‘The emotions are universally relatable’: THE UNRETURNING – Theatre Royal Stratford East ★★★★ by Michael Davis

“Four years since we lost Darren. But a vet doesn’t have to die at war for us to lose them, do you get what I mean?” – The Unreturning All photos © Tristram Ken…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

‘The natural growth of the characters can be keenly felt’: OUTLYING ISLANDS – King’s Head Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by David Greig and directed by Jessica Lazar, Outlying Islands explores the dichotomy between civilisation and nature, celibacy and longing, captivity and freedom…

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

‘The beauty of the play is the way it gets at the truth’: THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW – Arcola Theatre by Michael Davis

Known for classic novels about human relationships such as Sons and Lovers, Women In Love and The Rainbow, DH Lawrence also tried his hand at writing plays. The Daughter-In-Law – which was…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

‘All the actors deliver top-notch performances’: ANOMALY – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Liv Warden and directed by Adam Small, Anomaly is informed by recent events and the multifaceted accounts of women.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

‘Very much a labour of love’: DREAM OF A KING – Playground Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

This week (15 January) marks what would have been Martin Luther King Jr’s 90th birthday. Commemorating this, Christopher Tajah’s solo show Dream Of A King (which is directed by Bernie C.…

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