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Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘Features some wonderful performances’: DIALEKTIKON – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

It is appropriate that Park Theatre is staging Jacky Ivimy’s Dialektikon at this time of year. Theatres are full of pantomimes, humorous re-workings of classic fairy tales, so why not a le…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

‘Shrewdly-observed portrait of grief & nationality’: NINE NIGHT – Trafalgar Studios by Shanine Salmon

Arriving at the Trafalgar Studios after a wave of critical acclaim at its National Theatre run earlier this year, Nine Night already bears the acclaim and intense scrutiny that comes with be…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Neural Enhancement with Dr Leon’s director & performer Sofi Lee-Henson by Shanine Salmon

Director and performer Sofi Lee-Henson on what keeps audiences coming back to Neural Enhancement with Dr Leon, running at a secret location in SE1.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

‘Flawed but ultimately charming production’: LITTLE WOMEN – The Space by Shanine Salmon

Little Women is a flawed but ultimately charming production. An edit in the first half and a better familiarity with the performance space and it would be even better. But as it is, I would …

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘Something to enjoy wherever your gaze lands’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Chickenshed Theatre by Shanine Salmon

A Christmas Carol with a supporting cast of 200? A Christmas Carol with four alternating casts of 200, involving as many in making Christmas as possible, with the maximum social benefit? I c…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

‘Proves to be a magical evening of storytelling’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Touring by Shanine Salmon

It’s such a wonderful idea to re-create a Dickens reading. With John O’Connor’s skill, this proves to be a magical evening of storytelling. A thoroughly fun Victorian Christmas experie…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

‘Utterly & completely charming’: SEUSSICAL – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Seussical the Musical is so utterly and completely charming I’m not ashamed to say it brought me to happy tears of joy at the end. Fast-paced – frenetic even – the action never stops, …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

‘A rollercoaster of scares, laughs & moments of pathos’: PHILIP PULLMAN’S GRIMM TALES – Unicorn Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In short, Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales is a fine Christmas show for all the family – but don’t be surprised if you have some questions to answer afterwards!

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Friday, November 23, 2018

‘Engaging & thought-provoking’: THE PAPER TRAVELLER – Westminster Reference Library by Shanine Salmon

Described as a ‘treasure hunt’ through a library, Marie Klimis’ The Paper Traveller is an individual, immersive experience which combines storytelling with handcrafted pop-up books, in…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

‘New shores for the immersive theatre format’: PIRATES OF THE HIDDEN SPIRIT – St Mary Overie Dock by Shanine Salmon

Untrustworthy sailors, stolen treasure, plentiful rum and boat with a captain named Jack – find these and you will be at the ‘x’ that marks the spot for your standard pirate tale. Inve…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘Eighty emotional, tightly-choreographed minutes’: EXODUS – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Motherlode has been touring this short four-hander, written and directed by Rachael Boulton, round venues in Wales for its premiere. It’s London’s luck that it has rocked up at the Finbo…

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘An outstanding success as drama’: GILDED BUTTERFLIES – Hope Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The main character in Gilded Butterflies, in a superb performance by Francesca McCrohon, is a hyperactive chatterbox confined to a solitary cell on death row, willing to spill out her though…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

‘The cast excels with their superb timing & tremendous energy’: A FLEA IN HER EAR – Theatro Technis by Shanine Salmon

Acting Gymnasium’s talented cast excel with their superb timing and tremendous energy in this acrobatically verbal and physical comedy, A Flea in Her Ear at Theatro Technis.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

’Will stay with you for some time’: YERMA – Cervantes Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In Yerma, Lorca’s enduring “tragic poem”, director Jorge de Juan has seamlessly transposed the action to an Afro-Cuban setting where the unhurried pace of life highlights how empty Yer…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

‘Deserves a classical staging’: A PUPIL – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Jesse Briton’s A Pupil asks whether genius can be taught. The real question is what is genius and is it genius if it can be so easily mimicked.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘A forceful, thoughtful experiment’: ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Off the back of a two-year Edinburgh Fringe tenure and a tidal wave of rapturous reviews, Hull playwright Luke Barnes’ gig theatre opus All We Ever Wanted Was Everything arrives at Shepher…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

‘There is no story to be immersed in’: DIVINE PROPORTIONS – Vault Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Sadly Shotgun Carousel’s Divine Proportions, which markets itself as an immersive dining experience, is neither immersive or very interesting.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

‘Ambitious but lacking clarity’: JANE EYRE – Touring by Shanine Salmon

The story of Jane Eyre is a gothic, romantic tale of conflicted emotions and repressed passions. Sadly this production from the Watermill lacks these and is treated as more of a story-tellin…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

‘Unique & engaging story’: BURY THE DEAD – Finborough Theatre ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Bury the Dead at Finborough Theatre is a unique and engaging story which captures the sense of unjust, premature death at the mercy of someone else’s agenda.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

‘Even McDonagh cannot make this feel exciting’: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER – Bridge Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Martin McDonagh is a good writer. I have to state this because based on this production of A Very Very Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre audiences may not be so convinced.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘Hitting every joke & each movement with gusto’: THE FULL MONTY – Touring by Shanine Salmon

In a time when jobs are hard to find, morale is down and hope seems far away, The Full Monty presents the tale of Gaz and his hilarious journey to keep seeing his son.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

‘If you are not invited to the party, hold one yourself’: Spotlight On… Fennikusu Productions founder Hadesa Sonné by Shanine Salmon

Spotlight on writer, producer, actor and Fennikusu Productions founder Hadesa Sonné…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘There is clearly a deep affection for this play’: The WIPERS TIMES – Arts Theatre by Shanine Salmon

As the centenary commemorations of World War I draw to a close it seems fitting that Nick Newman and Ian Hislop’s The Wipers Times returns to the Arts Theatre.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

‘Some stunning moments worth waiting for’: THE TRENCH – Southwark Playhouse by Shanine Salmon

Les Enfant Terribles’ The Trench follows the story of Bert, an older man wanting to serve his country during WWI, and is assigned the task of digging for explosives under No Man’s Land.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

‘Clear, fun & atmospheric production’: DRACULA – Brockley Jack Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Arrows and Traps make a triumphant return following their adaptation of The White Rose in this atmospheric adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

‘Intellectually & aesthetically moving’: THE WIDER EARTH – Natural History Museum by Shanine Salmon

“Small details, carefully recorded” is the instruction a beloved tutor gives to the young Charles Darwin early in this play, and just as Darwin eventually produces something transcendent…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

‘Timely one-act play about structural racism’: THE INCIDENT – Canada Water Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Incident is a timely one-act play about structural racism in Sweden but this tale of a relationship between Swedish Jan and Zimbabwean Monica could be about any mixed-race couple in the …

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Monday, October 15, 2018

‘Empathetic & intelligently written’: THE ART OF GAMAN – Theatre503 by Shanine Salmon

Over the course of 30 scenes in 90 minutes decked with imagery and metaphors, Dipuka Guha’s intricate script for The Art of Gaman takes us through Tomomi’s journey through the decades.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

‘This deserves all the plaudits it gets’: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – Milford Haven by Shanine Salmon

The Torch Theatre’s in-house team has brought cracking choreographed chaos to the stage in One Man, Two Guvnors, a modern adaptation of a 350-year-old Italian comedy spectacular that was u…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

‘Witty, bitchy & very dry’: PEOPLE LIKE US – Union Theatre ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

I feel I should announce something many have missed from Jane Robins and Julie Burchill’s debut play People Like Us; it is broad, very very broad, and all the better for it.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

‘Very much a game of two halves’: PINTER ONE & TWO – West End by Shanine Salmon

I’m the last person on earth to utilise a football metaphor, but the recent Pinter at the Pinter press day (showcasing the first two of six productions of the prolific playwright’s one-a…

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