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Sunday, July 4, 2021

‘A fine piece of escapism’: GOING APE! – Union Theatre by Louise Penn

Biblical comedy Going Ape! by Andrew Corbet Burcher returns to the Union, directed by Evan Ensign. The premise is what might happen if the Creationist and Evolutionist stories came together …

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

‘Has the necessary pizzazz & sparkle’: STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW – Waterloo East Theatre by Louise Penn

We’re taking about love here in Starting Here, Starting Now. The thrill of it, the romance and ridiculous of it, the crushing disappointment of it. Some of the tunes are from musicals whic…

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Friday, July 2, 2021

‘Dark story cut through with comedy & songs’: A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) – Silent Uproar (Online review) by Louise Penn

Recorded in June 2021 before a socially-distanced audience at Wilton’s Music Hall, A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) brings Silent Uproar’s show back to the stage following p…

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Saturday, June 26, 2021

‘Excellent rapport between the characters’: THE SYSTEM – Brighton Fringe by Louise Penn

Sweet Sorrow Theatre Company brings Edward Loboda’s play The System to Brighton Fringe in a Zoom re-recording of a show they originally streamed in 2020.

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

‘Deeply poetic & poignant’: AM I A TERRIBLE PERSON? – Brighton Fringe by Louise Penn

Ant Lightfoot’s Am I A Terrible Person? takes an honest look at OCD and mental illness. At just 23 minutes it’s a tough call to get through all the issues but there isn’t a wasted mome…

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

‘A showcase to savour’: The Theatre Channel – Episode 7 (Online review) by Louise Penn

The Theatre Cafe, in collaboration with the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park, have created this salute to the timeless duo Rodgers and Hammerstein for The Theatre Channel’s Episode 7.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

‘No denying that this is a show like no other’: A RED SQUARE – Brighton Fringe ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Australian collective Pony Cam has created a fringe show unlike any other, with sex, violence, a lost child, and the perils of being an actor, all played out by the central character, A Red …

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Monday, June 21, 2021

‘Works just as well as an audio experience as a visual show’: THE FINAL APPROACH – Brighton Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

Marlowe Productions brings a 70-minute livestream to Brighton Fringe (now available on demand until 27 June) which dips into the world of 1940s noir and pulp detective novels to take us into…

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

‘Pulling the audience into the story’: CHARLOTTE BRONTE SNARES THE SUITOR – Brighton Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Lemon Squeeze Productions and Feegle Films return to the Brontë family, following At Home With The Brontës, for their latest production online at the Brighton Fringe, Charlotte Brontë Sna…

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

‘An excellent adaptation’: THE TRAGEDY OF DORIAN GRAY – Blue Devil Productions (Online review) ★★★★★ by Louise Penn

A new spin from Blue Devil Productions on the Oscar Wilde novel puts the story of Dorian Gray in the art, theatre and music world of the 1960s.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

‘All the more relevant in a post-Brexit world’: THE WYRE LADY OF FLEETWOOD – Brighton Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

In Lita Doolan’s new play The Wyre Lady of Fleetwood, the Wyre Lady refers to a real-life pleasure boat in the seaside fishing port of Fleetwood, just down the promenade from the holiday r…

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

‘Farcical fun all the way’: The Three Musketeers… attempted by Foolhardy (Online review) by Louise Penn

Heavily promoted on the strength of Robert Lindsay’s involvement in the cast, this audio-animated adaptation of The Three Musketeers owes more to parody and pastiche than any serious attem…

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

‘Disturbing & edgy’: JERK – Brighton Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Jerk is Nick Edgeworth’s curious and original sci-fi-influenced drama from Mudlarks Theatre, a company based in Hampshire. It’s currently showing in the Brighton Fringe and is written by…

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Friday, June 11, 2021

‘Genuinely funny & fairly caustic’: HALF-BAKED ALASKAN – Brighton Fringe (Online review) by Louise Penn

There’s serious material in Sally Ann Hall’s Half-Baked Alaskan, but delivered with a wry, confessional, style which makes its point without getting too heavy.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

‘Smashing piece of family entertainment’: AIDY THE AWESOME – artsdepot (Online review) by Louise Penn

Commissioned by Curve Leicester, produced by the Gramophones Theatre Company and directed by Hannah Stone, Aidy the Awesome is currently part-way through a digital tour.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

‘Goes for the jugular in a fascinating & visual way’: QUIET LITTLE THINGS – Brighton Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Quiet Little Things, a very clever, well-crafted and moving non-verbal piece from OddHouse Theatre Company (an emerging feminist collective), is currently available to stream at the Brighton…

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

‘Friendly, open & honest’: SUNRISE – Soho Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Jessie Cave’s show Sunrise was recorded in the empty venue in April, but still retains the comedy of a professional mum navigating the thorny paths of a postpartum love life.

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Monday, May 31, 2021

‘Has an other-worldly feel’: ECHO / CHAMBER – Brighton Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Echo/Chamber is a clever, creative and thought-provoking work with high production values and strong performances from Oliver McFadden and Isaac Hesketh.

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

‘Listen, taste, watch, smell & touch the world around you’: The You Play: small acts – Written on the Waves (Online review) by Louise Penn

Audio drama small acts is part of 45North’s Written on the Waves series, and the first of the two You Plays.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

‘We feel the increasing tension’: CUNCH – Written on the Waves (Online review) by Louise Penn

45North’s first series of audio dramas, collated as Written on the Waves, ends with Marika McKennell’s Cunch, a story of two teenage girls who get themselves involved in drug pushing and…

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

‘Lovely, lively celebration’: The Theatre Channel – Episode 6 The Showstoppers (Online review) by Louise Penn

Showstoppers, the most recent episode of the Theatre Channel’s web series is a lovely, lively celebration of the reopening of the West End this week.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

‘Pulses with music, energy & intrigue’: ROMEO & JULIET Creation Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

The unstoppable Creation Theatre has been one of the highlights of digital theatre production during this 14 months of uncertainty, and for their new show they return to the works of William…

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

‘Takes affectionate aim at its targets’: THE SHOWSTOPPERS’ ALTERNATIVE EUROVISION (Online review) by Louise Penn

Free to view on YouTube, this edition of The Showstoppers’ Alternative Eurovision for 2021, a week in advance of the main event, proves to be a dramatic sequel to last year’s shenanigans…

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

‘Shifts into a place of great strength & power’: PHEROMONE – LipZinc (Online review) by Louise Penn

A pheromone is a chemical reaction affecting behaviour, which appears in LipZinc’s Pheromone in the person of a woman who causes a revolution at number 19, the home of David and Eva.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

‘Part dream, part hallucination, part creativity’: Unquiet Slumbers: The Haunting of Emily Brontë – Different Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Currently available to rent on Sweetstream, Different Theatre’s Unquiet Slumbers: The Haunting of Emily Brontë returns to the topic of women of literature in this meeting of minds between…

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

‘Stretches what a theatre piece at home can achieve’: AN ACORN – Impel Theatre / Oldham Coliseum (Online review) by Louise Penn

An Acorn by Caridad Svich is a cross-channel co-production between Impel Theatre and the Oldham Coliseum; first performed in 2017 in North America and now reimagined for the digital space.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

‘It’s all appealingly bonkers’: CHATEAU GHOUL – LipService / Oldham Coliseum (Online review) by Louise Penn

Very end of Blackpool Pier or Phoenix Nights, and if you appreciate either you’ll love Lip Service’s clever characterisations, sly digs at the supernatural, and the way Château Ghoul is…

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

‘A richly crafted work in its own right’: NORTH WEST – Camden People’s Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

North West, created by Anna Morrissey and Tristan Kajanus, is available in two versions; one online and one a self-guided audio tour with which you can wander the former North Westminster Sc…

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

‘The wordplay whizzes along’: THE SORROWS OF SATAN (Online review) by Louise Penn

Directed by Adam Lenson, with Molly Lynch as The Woman and Stefan Bednarczyk as the mute accompanist, The Sorrows of Satan takes inspiration from Marie Corelli’s 1895 novel, but moves the …

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Friday, May 7, 2021

‘It keeps you immersed at all times’: HOUSE MOTHER NORMAL – New Perspectives (Online review) by Louise Penn

New Perspectives and Tim Crouch have transformed novel House Mother Normal into a digital installation for the Brighton Festival which you can explore either in person or on your screens.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

‘Intelligent & ambitious’: ROCKY ROAD – Jermyn Street Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

A tense, psychological thriller, Shaun McKenna’s new play Rocky Road is a two-hander set across a couple of flats where new tenant Kirsten Foster meets building manager Tyger Drew-Honey. T…

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