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Monday, May 20, 2019

BWW Review: STING AND SHAGGY, Roundhouse by Charlie Wilks

On first glance, these two may seem like an odd pairing. The pair became friends back in 2017, after having so much fun working together on Shaggy's Don't Make Me Wait. After this they decid…

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

BWW Review: CLASS, Bush Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Iseult Golden and David Horan's story speaks of family struggle, adolescent development and the complexities of the education system. Looking also at class division and culture, it asks ques…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

BWW Review: JUDE, Hampstead Theatre by Charlie Wilks

This is Edward Hall's last production as Artistic Director. After almost 10 years he is stepping down to make way for pastures new. Before he joined the Hampstead was under threat of closure…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

BWW Review: HOTTER, Soho Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Ell and Mary are best friends, and also ex-girlfriends. When Mary came over to Ell in the pub two years ago, asking her to make a show, the pair didn't know each other. Now, they seem to und…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

BWW Review: THE HALF GOD OF RAINFALL, Kiln Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Demi is the bastard son of a Nigerian woman and the Greek god Zeus. Half mortal, he has strong elemental power, but also possesses an insane talent in playing basketball. Spanning through Gr…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

BWW Review: THE AMBER TRAP, Theatre503 by Charlie Wilks

In an ordinary part of the north, Hope and Katie work at their local corner shop. Life is pretty good for them they know their routine and are happy with it. For Katie, the shop is a safe pl…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

BWW Review: GHOST STORIES, Lyric Hammersmith by Charlie Wilks

Expect lots of frights and surprises in this production, as the hit from 10 years ago makes its way back to where it all started. After many transfers, tours and a well-received film, Jeremy…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

BWW Review: WILDERNESS, Hampstead Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Alistair's mum and dad have split up his life is about to change. The pair's separation seems initially very mature and amicable, but it soon turns toxic and things begin to get out of contr…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

BWW Review: THE CRUCIBLE, Yard Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Over recent years The Yard has developed a reputation for staging bold and pretty out there productions, usually boding well with audiences and generating a definite buzz about the space.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

BWW Review: SAGA, Etcetera Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Based on August Strindberg's A Dream Play 1901, SAGA is an effective blend of text and physical comedy, investigating what happens when an outsider visits a place that has problems. Presente…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

BWW Review: ANGRY ALAN, Soho Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Penelope Skinner's monologue arrives at Soho Theatre, after a successful stint in Edinburgh. It's a piece that packs the subtlest of punches, as it gently reveals what's currently going on i…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

BWW Review: INSIDE BITCH, Royal Court by Charlie Wilks

Four women, along with the assistance of their stage manager Chrystal, attempt to create a proposal for a new female-led prison drama - one that this time actually details the truth of the j…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

BWW Review: THE TRICK, Bush Theatre by Charlie Wilks

The Bush has had non-stop success after success with their recent programming, however this show misses the mark by a lot. Roy Alexander Weise, whose career has also gone from strength to st…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BWW Review: AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS, Bush Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Seven performers individually enter the space and stare. They stare at us for a long while. One of them speaks then another and so on. They continue this pattern, mixing it up with movement …

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

BWW Review: SOFT ANIMALS, Soho Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Following on from a traumatic incident that occurred months ago, two individuals become the best of friends, despite the unlikeliest of circumstances. Rocked by tragedy, soft animals is an i…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

BWW Review: APPROACHING EMPTY, Kiln Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Greed can do terrible things to a person. The desire to constantly make money will inevitably lead to ethics being lost, friendships being tainted and mistakes being made. The themes of pain…

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

BWW Review: BOTTOM, Soho Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Willy Hudson walks onto the stage in nothing but a towel, asking a member of the audience to help him put his underwear on. The action is repeated for a t-shirt and some shorts. He continual…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

BWW Review: SWEAT, Donmar Warehouse by Charlie Wilks

A society is in ruins, and in this tale of depression, dependency and deluge, the human experience is voyeuristically examined, to reveal what happens when you leave folks behind. Focusing i…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

BWW Review: JONNY WOO'S ALL STAR BREXIT CABARET, London Coliseum by Charlie Wilks

Throughout this 75-minute cabaret spectacular, stars of the London queer scene come together to provide a variety show like no other. Featuring an eclectic mix of song, music and comedy, it'…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

BWW Review: THE CANE, Royal Court by Charlie Wilks

Caning may be something from long in the past, but in Mark Ravenhill's new drama it's all anybody ever seems to talk about. Following the narrative of a teacher under siege from the kids he …

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

BWW Review: NINE NIGHT, Trafalgar Studios by Charlie Wilks

Natasha Gordon's glorious writing debut, under Roy Alexander Weise's direction, transfers to the West End, managing to retain all of the magic it held whilst on the Dorfman stage. Following …

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Friday, December 7, 2018

BWW Review: DRIP, Bush Theatre by Charlie Wilks

This is a really sweet show. It's one that enchants its audience, inviting them into a story of vulnerability, queer identity and synchronised swimming.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

BWW Review: HOLE, Royal Court by Charlie Wilks

Ellie Kendrick's writing debut is a one-hour attack on the senses. Visceral and to the point, the Royal Court Upstairs stage is alive with the anarchic cry for unity and retribution. The pla…

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

BWW Review: THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Southwark Playhouse by Charlie Wilks

Snow isn't yet falling all around us. And I haven't seen the Coca Cola truck stopping by. But John Lewis has released their advert, so I suppose it's beginning to look a little like Christma…

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BWW Review: LUCY PEARMAN: FRUIT LOOP, Soho Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Lucy Pearman is a comedienne that's unfamiliar to me, but after watching their stellar show Fruit Loop the other evening, they are now cemented in my brain as someone very special. The reaso…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

BWW Review: MACBETH, Garrick Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Something wicked has arrived in the West End. It comes in the form of the National Youth Theatre REP Company's production of Macbeth, which has been abridged beautifully by Moira Buffini. Sh…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

BWW Review: CUCKOO, Soho Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Iona wants to be happy. After years of ridicule and childhood trauma she desperately seeks refuge in a more vibrant place than where she's at right now. She wants out. Her destination of cho…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

BWW Review: SUPER DUPER CLOSE UP, Yard Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Made in China present their solo show about anxiety. In it Jessica Latowicki performs a monologue that quickly descends into chaos. The text, which has been dramaturged by Tim Cowbury, is a …

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

BWW Review: MIRABEL, Ovalhouse Theatre by Charlie Wilks

It's the end of the world, or alternatively, the start of a brand new one, and Mirabel seems to be the only person left. Confident and prepared, she sets off across the lonely desert to sear…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

BWW Review: LANDS, Bush Theatre by Charlie Wilks

Bush Associate Artist company Antler arrive with their Edinburgh hit Lands, a high-spirited, tender investigation into a relationship that's on its way to its end.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

BWW Review: ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, Bush Theatre by Charlie Wilks

This is a really brilliant production, full of life, energy, exuberance, and joy. Luke Barnes' script breaks your heart in the subtlest of ways. His writing poetically tells the story of aba…

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