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Monday, February 18, 2019

‘Likeable, intelligent & witty’: RATTLED – Old Red Lion Theatre by Liz Dyer

Inspired by a mother’s true account, Rachel Harper’s one-woman play Rattled is a short but punchy production tackling the sensitive topics of childhood trauma and postnatal mental health.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

‘A powerful piece of new writing that will break your heart’: SOFT ANIMALS – Soho Theatre by Liz Dyer

soft animals at Soho Theatre is a powerful piece of new writing that will break your heart – but then might just quietly put it back together again. Highly recommended.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

‘An emotional rollercoaster with troubles that we can all relate to’: THE BAND – Touring ★★★★ by Liz Dyer

Surprisingly The Band – the new musical by Tim Firth interwoven with a plethora of Take That hits – is not a story of how The Band rose to fame, and their ups and downs. Instead the tale…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

‘Enjoyably relatable’: THE ORCHESTRA – Omnibus Theatre by Liz Dyer

The show must go on… but at what cost? In Jean Anouilh’s The Orchestra, set just after World War II, petty in-fighting and lingering suspicions between the members of an orchestra in a s…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

‘A magical experience to watch it unfold’: TARO – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

Taro focuses on an incredible life honoured by a gorgeous, goosebump-inducing production – you really don’t want to miss this one.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

‘Certainly leaves you with plenty to think about’: CUZCO – Theatre503 by Liz Dyer

Machu Picchu isn’t the only thing in ruins by the end of Cuzco, an intense two-hander about the fiery death of a relationship by Spanish playwright Víctor Sánchez Rodríguez.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

‘Thrilling, surprising & challenging’: NO SHOW – Soho Theatre by Liz Dyer

Ellie Dubois’ No Show is a circus performance with a difference. It features five talented female circus professionals – Francesca Hyde, Kate McWilliam, Michelle Ross, Alice Gilmartin an…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

‘A haunting exploration of human nature’: OUTLYING ISLANDS – King’s Head Theatre by Liz Dyer

A haunting exploration of human nature with a side helping of political intrigue, Outlying Islands is highly recommended for bird-watchers and people-watchers alike.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

‘As enlightening as it is entertaining’: GENTLEMAN JACK – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

Gentleman Jack shines a light not only on Anne Lister’s life and legacy as both a woman and a lesbian, but also on the rigid 19th century attitudes that she set out to challenge.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

‘Cleverly written & darkly humorous’: SAM. THE GOOD PERSON – Bunker Theatre by Liz Dyer

Sam. The Good Person is a cleverly written, darkly humorous and exquisitely performed piece of theatre that will make you question everything you thought you knew about yourself and the peop…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

‘Impossible not to get caught up in the excitement’: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER – Touring by Liz Dyer

Saturday Night Fever does have its flaws, and it might not be the most memorable start to the theatre-going year, but that doesn’t mean you won’t head home with a skip in your step, all …

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Monday, January 14, 2019

‘Funny, sad & brilliantly performed’: ORIGINAL DEATH RABBIT – Jermyn Street Theatre by Liz Dyer

Funny, sad, brilliantly performed and with a cautionary message that feels more necessary by the day, Original Death Rabbit kicks off Jermyn Street Theatre’s 25th anniversary year in trium…

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

‘An important story that needs to be told’: ANOMALY – Old Red Lion Theatre by Liz Dyer

Anomaly at the Old Red Lion Theatre is a gripping and troubling family drama that takes a scenario we know and invites us to see it from a perspective that’s often overlooked.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

‘Plenty of silliness to appeal to both kids & grown-ups’: RUMPELSTILTSKIN – Southbank Centre by Liz Dyer

Think you know the story of Rumpelstiltskin? Think again. This Christmas, the classic fairy tale gets a distinctly bizarre new look courtesy of Windmill Theatre Company’s Rosemary Myers an…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

‘I didn’t see anybody who wasn’t smiling’: ALADDIN – Dartford by Liz Dyer

The promise “Everything you could wish for in a panto” I would say underplays what we actually got. Aladdin at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford was so much more.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

‘A charming, polished & hugely enjoyable Christmas production’: CINDERELLA: A FAIRYTALE – Brockley Jack Theatre by Liz Dyer

If you enjoy a good festive fairytale but you’re not a fan of panto, Cinderella: A Fairytale, this year’s Christmas production at the Brockley Jack, offers an excellent alternative.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

‘Already a very topical & important piece’: WALK OF SHAME – White Bear Theatre by Liz Dyer

riginally written as a monologue by Amelia Marshall Lovsey, Walk of Shame has been expanded into a hard-hitting two-hander with the addition of an alternative point of view, written by Steph…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

‘Joyously festive to experience’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Chickenshed Theatre by Liz Dyer

A Christmas Carol at Chickenshed is theatre for everyone, by everyone – and if it doesn’t get your Christmas spirit going, then frankly I suspect nothing will.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

‘We like twists and turns’: Stephanie Silver on taking the Walk of Shame by Liz Dyer

For one, it’s a night of glory – for the other, a walk of shame… Glass Half Full Theatre returns with a topical new production next month, as they bring Walk of Shame by Stephanie Silv…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

‘Utterly bonkers but ultimately heartwarming’: SEUSSICAL – Southwark Playhouse by Liz Dyer

Colourful, feel-good and more than a little bit mad: Seussical is pretty much everything you’d expect from a musical based on the stories and characters created by Dr Seuss.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

‘Deeply disturbing but undeniably funny’: RADIANT VERMIN – Brockley Jack Theatre by Liz Dyer

Philip Ridley’s Radiant Vermin, which sees a young couple resort to murder to secure their dream home, is a disturbing supernatural fantasy based on an equally depressing reality.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

‘Gives us plenty to think about’: BOUJIE – Drayton Arms Theatre by Liz Dyer

Boujie is not perfect (yet), but this is a promising debut from Hassan Govia and Unshaded Arts, and with a bit of tightening in places it has the potential to make an even more powerful stat…

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

‘You’ve got the recipe for a great show’: ROCK OF AGES – Touring by Liz Dyer

Chris D’Arienzo’s 2005 jukebox musical Rock of Ages has a lot going for it: a soundtrack of epic 80s rock classics, a feel-good LA love story, and perhaps most importantly, an absolute r…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

‘We hope that the audience leaves with stimulated minds & a sense of unease’: Alexander Knott on Renaissance Men at the Old Red Lion by Liz Dyer

“On the face of it Renaissance Men is about three art school dropouts who discover a lost masterpiece in a charity shop in Streatham,” explains Bag of Beard co-director Alexander Knott.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘Never drags or fails to hold our attention’: CUCKOO – Soho Theatre by Liz Dyer

Exploring what it is to be young in Ireland today, Lisa Carroll’s debut play Cuckoo comes roaring to life at Soho Theatre, leading us without preamble into the world of best friends – an…

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘Drawing a careful distinction between heroism & honour’: BURY THE DEAD – Finborough Theatre by Liz Dyer

In Irwin Shaw’s Bury the Dead, written in 1935, six fallen American soldiers stand up in their graves and courteously ask not to be buried.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

‘Has lots to say & says it well’: THE FIRE RAISERS – Hen & Chickens Theatre by Liz Dyer

The Fire Raisers was written by Swiss playwright Max Frisch in 1948, reportedly as a response to the Communist takeover in Prague – though the play never specifically references that event.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

‘A brutal picture of what everyday life is like in solitary confinement’: GILDED BUTTERFLIES – Hope Theatre by Liz Dyer

Debates about the death penalty tend to focus, unsurprisingly, on the moral rights and wrongs of taking a life for a life. Less, perhaps, is known about the dehumanising conditions in which …

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

‘It’s about the feeling of not fitting in’: Ekata Theatre’s artistic director Erika Eva on new show Unbelonger by Liz Dyer

Ekata Theatre is an international theatre company based in London and Helsinki. Most recently seen in London with physical theatre piece On Mother’s Day, in November they’ll be back at t…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

‘Deserves to be seen by as many people as possible’: BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR – Jermyn Street Theatre by Liz Dyer

Marking the centenary of the Armistice that brought World War I to an end, Proud Haddock’s excellent revival of Billy Bishop Goes to War is a fitting tribute to all those who risked – an…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

‘Powerful, polished & utterly absorbing’: SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE BOY – Brockley Jack Theatre by Liz Dyer

Powerful, polished and utterly absorbing, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu’s Sweet Like Chocolate Boy explores the changing face of Black British identity and protest over the last three decades, …

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