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Monday, April 15, 2019

Elephant in the Room review at Camden People’s Theatre, London – ‘poetic dance-theatre’ by Rosemary Waugh

Art about depression – whether that’s theatre, literature or music – often shares characteristics with the condition it seeks to represent: low-energy

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Friday, April 12, 2019

The Kids Are Alright review at the Place, London – ‘a tumble down the rabbit hole of grief’ by Rosemary Waugh

There’s been an accident. Something terrible the press are calling “The Natural History museum incident”. It’s unclear what exactly has happened, except

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Jungle Book review at Derby Theatre – ‘a family-friendly treat’ by Rosemary Waugh

Neil Duffield’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s children’s book is a smart, colourful and creative affair. Directed by Derby Theatre’s artistic director Sarah

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Monday, April 8, 2019

The Noises review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘muddled but well-performed’ by Rosemary Waugh

The Noises is a collaboration between a mother, writer Jacqueline Saphra, and her daughter, director Tamar Saphra. Fittingly, the theme of mother-daughter

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Going Through review at Bush Theatre, London – ‘intricately woven and affectingly performed’ by Rosemary Waugh

French playwright Estelle Savasta’s Going Through is simple in its poetry. Nour (Charmaine Wombwell) is raised by Youmna (Nadia Nadarajah) in a

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Show in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens review at Unicorn Theatre, London – ‘like Beckett for kids’ by Rosemary Waugh

Ignore the title. This is a show in which so much happens that it’s hard to know where to start. Is it

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Yard artistic director Jay Miller: ‘As soon as theatre becomes formulaic, it’s dead’ by Rosemary Waugh

As The Crucible opens at the Yard, artistic director Jay Miller tells Rosemary Waugh why this is a new era for the

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Edmond de Bergerac review at Birmingham Repertory Theatre – ‘a witty performance from Freddie Fox’ by Rosemary Waugh

Art imitates life and life imitates art in Alexis Michalik’s fictionalisation account of how Edmond Rostand wrote Cyrano de Bergerac. The hapless

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Monday, March 18, 2019

In Basildon review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘strong performances’ by Rosemary Waugh

It makes perfect sense that David Eldridge’s 2012 play is being revived as part of the Queen’s Theatre’s Essex on Stage season.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Simon Stone’s Medea (and Yerma) by Rosemary Waugh

"I never really got Yerma": Rosemary Waugh writes on finding echoes of Simon Stone's earlier work in his searing version of Medea. The post Simon Stone’s Medea (and Yerma) appeared first …

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Remains of the Day review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘filmic beauty’ by Rosemary Waugh

Kazuo Ishiguro’s 1989 novel, The Remains of the Day, is driven by the idiosyncrasies of its narrator Stevens, an obsessively servile butler.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

ThisEgg: “We’re all just trying to keep each other going.” by Rosemary Waugh

Rosemary Waugh interviews the young company behind a hit fringe show exploring trauma, clothes, and healing. The post ThisEgg: “We’re all just trying to keep each other going.” appear…

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Review: Equus at Theatre Royal Stratford East by Rosemary Waugh

Ned Bennett's subtle and physical production brings out 'the sticky straw and steaming shit side of horses', as represented in Peter Shaffer's play, writes Rosemary Waugh. The post Review:…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Edward II review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘an exhilarating production’ by Rosemary Waugh

Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II is a thrilling account of a fascinating episode in British history, one filled with personal and political dilemmas.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Soft Animals review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘a delicate debut play’ by Rosemary Waugh

As friendships go, the one between Sarah (Ellie Piercy) and Frankie (Bianca Stephens) falls into the ‘unlikely’ category. On paper, the women

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Flight Paths review at Stratford Circus, London – ‘ambitious new circus show’ by Rosemary Waugh

In medieval Japan, troupes of blind women known as ‘the goze’ would travel across the land earning a living by telling stories

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Review: A Slight Ache/The Dumb Waiter at Harold Pinter Theatre by Rosemary Waugh

Radio dramas and foley secrets: Rosemary Waugh writes on an ingenious staging of two vintage Pinters. The post Review: A Slight Ache/The Dumb Waiter at Harold Pinter Theatre appeared first o…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Dracula review at the London Library – ‘a site-specific staging of Bram Stoker’s novel’ by Rosemary Waugh

Opened in 1841, the London Library has been used by an illustrious list of authors, including Bram Stoker. In fact, the gothic

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Icarus review at Unicorn Theatre, London – ‘creative update of the Greek myth’ by Rosemary Waugh

In this new version of the ancient Greek myth, Icarus starts out as an average modern schoolboy. But sofa wars and sibling

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Superhoe review at Royal Court, London – ‘fiercely clever and powerfully performed’ by Rosemary Waugh

Life’s not going great for Sasha Clayton. Her time as the queen bee of secondary school is over, she’s living in her

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Review: Cost of Living at Hampstead Theatre by Rosemary Waugh

'Meticulous in depicting the reality of being a body dependent on another body to care for it': Rosemary Waugh writes on Martyna Majok's 'painstakingly realistic' play. The post Review: Cos…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Violet review at Charing Cross Theatre, London – ‘gentle quirky charm’ by Rosemary Waugh

Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s musical, originally performed Off-Broadway in 1997, is in many ways a classic Bildungsroman, complete with a heroine

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Cirque du Soleil’s Totem review at Royal Albert Hall, London – ‘ambitious, but patchy’ by Rosemary Waugh

Written and directed by Robert Lepage, Cirque du Soleil’s Totem was last in the UK in 2011.  The ambitious show loosely chronicles

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Review: The Unreturning at Theatre Royal Stratford East by Rosemary Waugh

'Beautifully considered visual language': Rosemary Waugh writes on Anna Jordan's new play, which follows three soldiers returning from different wars. The post Review: The Unreturning at Th…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Malaprop Theatre: “We didn’t want to make a show that would be One More Thing To Feel Shit About” by Rosemary Waugh

Malaprop Theatre's approach mixes big ideas with bags of quirky warmth. They talk politics, Irish theatre, and collaborative working ahead of their stint at Vault. The post Malaprop Theatre:…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

In Lipstick review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘sympathetic and warmly performed’ by Rosemary Waugh

Maud and Cynthia live together in a world of chicken nuggets, feather boas and Shirley Bassey. Despite being a couple, their relationship

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Paradise review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘a meandering comedy’ by Rosemary Waugh

Elite Homes is the current residence of Roddy Meakin (Geoffrey Freshwater) and Amanda Goose (Sara Kestelman), two retirees who enjoy a cheeky

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Rapunzel review at Hoxton Hall, London – ‘a big-hearted pantomime’ by Rosemary Waugh

Christmas comes but once a year, bringing with it two types of panto: the glitzy, big budget ones plumped up with celeb

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Review: Hansel & Gretel at Royal Opera House by Rosemary Waugh

"Cook, stirring, until the misery has melted": Rosemary Waugh's review of the ROH's opera takes the form of a very festive recipe. The post Review: Hansel & Gretel at Royal Opera House …

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Review: The Sun Line at Lilian Baylis Studio by Rosemary Waugh

'Fifty shades of beige': Rosemary Waugh reviews The Meyerhold Theatre Centre's adaptation of Ivan Vyrypaev's play about a couple arguing themselves round in circles The post Review: The Sun …

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Convert starring Letitia Wright and Paapa Essiedu review at Young Vic – ‘superb performances’ by Rosemary Waugh

Ola Ince’s staging of Danai Gurira’s The Convert is one of those rare productions in which every element – performances, direction, design, everything

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