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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

‘Fun listening & sharp observations’: Lem ‘n’ Ginge: The Princess Of Kakos (Online review) by John Chapman

If you’re in search of something a bit left field and quirky and that deconstructs some of the tropes of fairy tale telling, you should find Lem ‘n’ Ginge: The Princess Of Kakos a toni…

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

‘A dense & intense piece of work’: Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Late Night Staring At High Res Pixels is a dense and intense piece of work which examines the interplay of relationships but leaves the audience to come to its own conclusions about the moti…

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Monday, March 1, 2021

‘Educational, informative & entertaining’: CATO STREET 1820 (Online review) by John Chapman

A past event recreated from a contemporary perspective makes for an interesting history lesson in Cato Street 1820.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

‘Expect the unexpected’: Grimm Tales for Fragile Times & Broken People – Creation Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Calling their collection Grimm Tales For Fragile Times And Broken People, Creation have woven together five of the Grimm brothers’ stories which have resonances with the current lockdown s…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

‘Has a contemporary resonance’: MYTH (Online review) by John Chapman

Ancient Myth clashes with modern Myth in a powerful rock musical about fame and mental health.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Seems to have hit the appropriate moment’: TROILUS & CRESSIDA – RSC (Online review) by John Chapman

The RSC’s stirring production of the not often seen Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida with canny casting and a thrilling percussive score.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

‘Right up to standard & terrific fun’: Sherlock In Homes 2: Murder On Ice (Online review) by John Chapman

If you’re a whodunnit devotee and you like plenty of (frozen) red herring then you’ll love Sherlock In Homes 2: Murder On Ice.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

‘A novel & quite chilling piece of home theatre’: THE WHITE PLAGUE (Online review) by John Chapman

A pandemic sweeps the land and the government introduces new quarantine rules - yes, that is the plot of The White Plague, not the news headlines.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

‘Perfect for the season’: THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA – RSC (Online review) by John Chapman

A rom com with a dark edge makes for good Valentine's Day entertainment

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

‘Richly rewarding’: THE WHIP – RSC (Online review) by John Chapman

The legacy of Britain's involvement in the slave trade is fascinatingly examined in the audio version of The Whip from the RSC.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

‘One of the most well crafted & thoughtful of the 1990s’: BEAUTIFUL THING (Online review) by John Chapman

As I settled to watch Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing yesterday, I wondered whether it might also fall into the category of an historical artefact that had had its day; as it was, I was …

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Monday, February 8, 2021

‘It’s as though the aesthetic has been created by Jean Paul Gaultier’: 6 DEGREES BELOW THE HORIZON – Imitating The Dog (Online review) by John Chapman

Though the story of 6 Degrees Below The Horizon seems simple there’s a whole wealth of meaning bubbling away under the surface and it’s the sort of piece where different people will find…

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

‘I found myself found myself working in intelligence again!’: VIPER SQUAD REMASTERED – CtrlAltRepeat (Online review) by John Chapman

You know you’ve been in lockdown for far too long when you reattend a show you’ve already seen and they have had time to restructure the original into a new improved version. That’s wh…

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Friday, February 5, 2021

‘It’s a noise that is well worth your time’: SHOOK (Online review) by John Chapman

Following a critically acclaimed run at Southwark Playhouse, a transfer to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios was in progress when lockdown intervened. Shook has now emerged in a filmed vers…

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

‘Engaging but not without their darker side’: Paper Aeroplane / Clever Cakes / The Twits (Online review) by John Chapman

Three of London's most prolific children's theatres make the OnComm Award finalist's list.

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

‘A few tasty morsels to satisfy any cravings’: TELLING TALES – muck + rumble (Online review) by John Chapman

Short and sweet but with a sharp edge the playlets featured in Telling Tales help spread ‘a little bit of magic’.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

‘An unusual approach & clever solutions’: FLIGHT PATHS – Extant (Online review) by John Chapman

The past and the present are brought together in Flight Paths, a piece which can, at first, seem disjointed but ultimately reveals its intricate design and some clever paralleling.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

‘I can quite honestly say that I haven’t experienced the like before’: Snowflake: A Visual EP / Truth To Power Café (Online review) by John Chapman

Snowflake: A Visual EP and Truth To Power Café, two finalists for the OnComm Innovation category, couldn't be more different.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

‘Brings some cheer to dull January days’: PRESS PLAY HERE – Theatre Royal Stratford East (Online review) by John Chapman

Choose your own programme with some mini delights in and around the Theatre Royal Stratford East building thanks to Press Play Here.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

‘Exploring difficult topics like addiction through drama can hoist warning flags’: ROSEGOLD / GOOD ENOUGH – [email protected] (Online review) by John Chapman

Donna Kay Yarborough and Ted McGrath are to be applauded for putting their monologues Rosegold and Good Enough about coming through the rigours of addiction online.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

‘Getting up close & personal is often what the style demands’: AVALANCHE / WALK OF SHAME (Online review) by John Chapman

Two short plays about a difficult subject, Bloom Theatre’s Avalanche and Glass Half Full’s Walk Of Shame.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

‘Would transfer well to a live onstage situation’: CUPID’S CORNER (Online review) by John Chapman

OnComm nominated production Cupid’s Corner features a young, committed ensemble cast which demonstrates potential.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

‘There are some memorable songs’: PUBLIC DOMAIN – Southwark Playhouse (Online review) by John Chapman

Public Domain is a verbatim musical winner which lifts the lid on life online and joins an august group of productions streamed from Southwark Playhouse. Strongly recommended.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

‘Consistently delivers’: THIS EVIL THING (Online review) by John Chapman

Michael Mears’ committed and well thought out piece This Evil Thing about a tricky subject is dealt with empathetically and entertainingly.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

‘Whatever your taste, there’s bound to be something to appeal’: [email protected] – Season 2 (Online review) by John Chapman

A second online season from TheSpace has an eclectic range – even if what I saw was all comedy.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

‘It’s a winning formula’: LETTERS LIVE FROM THE ARCHIVE (Online review) by John Chapman

There is something essentially life affirming about the whole idea of Letters Live and these documents will prove an invaluable way of connecting with others as the dark times close over us …

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

‘Things in it which were admirable’: LAZARUS (Online review) by John Chapman

Prominent among other commemorative David Bowie events is a three-day streaming of Lazarus, the theatre piece that he was working on towards the end of his life and which was ultimately prod…

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Friday, January 8, 2021

‘Highly original & entertaining’: The Neighbor / The 7th Voyage Of Egon Tichy – Theater In Quarantine (Online review) by John Chapman

Quirky in the extreme but great fun, Theater In Quarantine takes limited space performance to a new level in The Neighbor and The 7th Voyage Of Egon Tichy.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

‘Forces a rethink on things which you thought you knew’: A History Of Water In The Middle East (Online review) by John Chapman

Sabrina Mahfouz’s play A History Of Water In The Middle East highlights an ages old and still ongoing tale of colonialism and gives an entirely new slant to this exploration of “landscap…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

‘Will invite you to reflect on this annus horribilis’: UNTIL THE FLOOD – Traverse Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Watching the powerful set of monologues Until The Flood brings back powerful memories of the shared experience which we can only hope will return soon. Powerful set of monologues stirs re…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

‘Directed with a sense of passion & integrity’: S-27 – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

The Finborough is to be congratulated for delving back and finding thought-provoking piece S-27 to release and extend its winning run of past triumphs.

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