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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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‘Nixon gives a tour-de-force performance’: ORIGINAL DEATH RABBIT – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Anything on the internet stays there forever – or so they say. For the ‘Original Death Rabbit’, being at the wrong place at the wrong time has meant that she’s trapped in the past, l…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

‘As refreshing as it is timely’: WAR OF THE WORLDS – New Diorama Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Isley Lynn and devised by Rhum & Clay, War Of The Worlds uses the original broadcast as jumping off point to ask certain questions – particularly in relation to the veracit…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

‘The audience is left to decide who is right’: LOOP – Lion & Unicorn Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Peter Mulligan and directed by Zoey Alexis Boyd, Loop examines different philosophical outlooks one might have and how they ‘help’ (or not) with expectations of life.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

‘Places the audience into the heart of wartime operations’: ILLICIT SIGNALS BLETCLEY – CoLab Factory ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written and directed by Christopher Styles, Illicit Signals Bletchley is an immersive, theatrical experience that places the audience into the heart of wartime operations.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

‘It is as an ode to music itself that the show really succeeds’: ORPHEUS – Battersea Arts Centre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

If Orpheus was simply a re-telling of this myth, it would be over very quickly. Instead, music features heavily in the show – some of which are original compositions and some are well-know…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

‘Shines a light on mental health care’: HEAD–ROT HOLIDAY – Hope Theatre by Michael Davis

In Sarah Daniels’ Head-rot Holiday (which is directed by Will Maynard) we’re privy to the goings-on in Penwell Special Hospital (‘Head-rot Hotel’) – a psychiatric prison for women …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

‘Thought-provoking & naturally entertaining’: BORDERS & GAMES – Arcola Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Plays that show a number of perspectives are generally more nuanced, thought-provoking and naturally entertaining. With this in mind, the double bill of plays by Henry Naylor at Arcola Theat…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

‘What brings the show to life are the well-defined characters’: THE BOX OF DELIGHTS – Wilton’s Music Hall ★★★★ by Michael Davis

For those seeking an alternative to pantos and Peter Pan for family entertainment over Christmas, look no further than this enchanting tale: The Box of Delights at Wilton’s Music Hall.

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