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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review: The Country Wife, Southwark Playhouse by Charlotte Irwin

The Country Wife was written by William Wycherley in 1675, but Morphic Graffiti’s adaptation brings us to the Roaring Twenties where a group of Bright Young Things – and a few not so you…

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Review: Coraline, Barbican by Charlotte Irwin

Coraline fast became a cult classic when Neil Gaiman’s children’s novella was first published in 2002. There has since been the award-winning stop-motion film adaptation, a musical, and …

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: Sheep Also Dream, Camden People’s Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

It is worth remembering that Sheep Also Dream is a work in progress. The two-man surrealist piece by real-life brothers, The Davis Brothers – Tom and Ben – is a little rough around t…

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Review: Macbeth, Olivier Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

This Macbeth lives in a world of bin bag chic. Raves, duct-taped armour, heads thrown into plastic bags; this is an apocalyptic underworld where dad dancing mingles with murder, in a visuall…

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Review: María Pagés Compañía: Yo Carmen, Sadler’s Wells by Charlotte Irwin

As part of Sadler’s Wells’ fifteenth annual flamenco festival, María Pagés and her company take on Bizet’s opera and present their version of Carmen’s story in Yo Carmen. The affai…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Review: Gold Coast, Theatre 503 by Charlotte Irwin

Gold Coast should demand attention. Written by Louise Gooding, who has experience as a Radio 4 playwright, and with the award-winning (and sold out) Theatre 503 as the setting, this play set…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review: It Made Me Consider Me, New Diorama Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

Somewhere between 1984 and The Office, lies It Made Me Consider Me. This surreal dystopian induction to R.A.L.P.H., the company which deals in the extraction and storage of unwanted human me…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Review: Oranges & Elephants, Hoxton Hall by Charlotte Irwin

Hoxton Hall, tucked down a side street in the depths of East London, is the perfect location for the debut of Lil Warren’s new musical, Oranges & Elephants. The vaudeville-style stage …

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Gate Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

It has been a long while since I’ve had to wear a stickered name badge, and I wasn’t expecting my visit to Notting Hill’s Gate Theatre to be the next occasion when I would wear one. It…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: The Narcissist, Hen & Chicken’s Theatrec by Charlotte Irwin

The Narcissist, as you might expect from such a title, is a one-man show. In the space of an hour, writer and performer Will Adolphy, uses monologue, dance, and an unexpected foray into acou…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Review: FCUK’D, Bunker Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

FCUK’D – the debut play from writer Niall Ransome – is a lament to Britain’s working class men. The unnamed protagonist who addresses the audience in poetic monologue is a Bo…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: David Hoyle Diamond, Soho Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

David is sick of being persecuted. In fact, David is sick of anyone in the LGBT+ community being persecuted. So, perhaps unsurprisingly throughout this multimedia, musical theatre-inspired m…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: Kinkens, Camden People’s Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

Kinkens may sound like the product of make-believe, but in fact the Old Scottish word for “evasive answers to questions from curious children”, is more than fitting for Pip Hambly’s So…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: Demons, St Leonard’s Church by Charlotte Irwin

Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, Demons: Dostoevsky is synonymous with lengthy tomes, and this reworking of the aforementioned Demons doesn’t let its author down in terms of…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: The Barber of Seville, ENO by Charlotte Irwin

The ENO’s The Barber of Seville is steeped in history, in more ways than one. Firstly, we have the inimitable Sir Jonathan Miller at the helm. Secondly, this production neatly marks 30 yea…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Review: The White Feminist Guide to Sex and Hip Hop and Pulp Fiction, Theatre N16 by Charlotte Irwin

Getting to Maiden Speech, the feminist voices festival taking over the confusingly named Theatre N16 (it’s actually south of the river in Balham), is a theatrical experience in itself. Tu…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Review: In Event of Moone Disaster, Theatre503 by Charlotte Irwin

On the night of the moon landing, dreamer Sylvia Moone loses her virginity to an unnamed astronaut. 86 years later, her granddaughter of the same name, is just that, a NASA astronaut travell…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review: Salvation: Shamanic Striptease, Camden People’s Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

White guilt. That’s the shame at the core of the Salvation: Shamanic Striptease. In just under an hour White African performance artist Daniel P. Cunningham seeks to confront his past with…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: Medusa, The Crypt Gallery by Charlotte Irwin

The allure of redefining myth never fails to entice. It’s a rite of passage for many theatre companies, and with Medusa the experimental and immersive 27 degrees try their hand at teaching…

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review: Hyem, Theatre 503 by Charlotte Irwin

As the name suggests, Philip Correia’s debut is an exploration of the home – or as his Northumberland-native characters’ say, hyem. Set in a dysfunctional patchwork ‘family’, H…

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Review: Window, The Bread and Roses Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

Watching. That is the essence behind the voyeuristic Window. A young couple –Grace and Jimmy – are settling into their life together and find unexpected escape by watching the sex life o…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review: The Majority, National Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

Rob Drummond is on a democratic mission. Part game-show, part-memoir, Drummond’s latest experimental work – The Majority – is founded in truth “more or less” as he explains how…

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Review: FREAK, The Space by Charlotte Irwin

FREAK is undeniably provocative. Juxtaposing lap dancing club orgies with first time sexual experiences, Anna Jordan’s sex-focused play seeks entry to the growing canon of flawed female ch…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: My Mind is Free, Waterloo East Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

Without interval, My Mind is Free submerges you in tales of human trafficking. As four strangers huddle under blankets in a locked lorry hurtling towards their next prison this production se…

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Review: The Dream of Gerontius, Royal Festival Hall by Charlotte Irwin

The English National Opera is on staycation. Abandoning its Coliseum home for the summer (for Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell musical) the ENO has moved to the Royal Festival Hall for its perf…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: Tiresia, Etcetera Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

Playing on gender, death, myth and science Tiresia is undeniably engaging. An adaptation of the Greek myth of the blind prophet Tiresias who famously became a woman for seven years, this pro…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Terror, Lyric Hammersmith by Charlotte Irwin

Terror is undeniably relevant. The recent attacks in Manchester and London mean that the word is all too ready at hand, a default thought, society’s daily fear. Therefore, this internation…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: Rose Matafeo is Finally Dead, Soho Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

Rose Matafeo is far from dead. Bursting out of a coffin singing “It’s my funereeaal”, Matafeo’s frenetic performance starts as it means to go on, without a corpse in sight. Auckland-…

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Review: The English Heart, Etcetera Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

Billed as a Brexit-inspired tale, The English Heart seems to focus more on the obsessive power of sex than the political chaos of the last year. Yes, the characters speak about Brexit and fr…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Edgar Allen Poe Double Feature, Jack Studio Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

Edgar Allan Poe isn’t usually one for the faint hearted, and as I waited for the double bill of the king of gothic horror’s dark short stories to start on Thursday 8th June 2017, I w…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Review, Common, National Theatre by Charlotte Irwin

Common is a little like a medieval Midsomer Murders. The new play written by DC Moore opens with disguised villagers taking the matter of common land into their own hands, setting the stage …

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