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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

BAD ROADS – Royal Court by Daniel Perks

The pine tree design by Camilla Clarke provides a subtle serenity, juxtaposing the trauma of war in Bad Roads – a series of sparsely connected stories by Natal’ya Vorozhbit around her ho…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

SEX WORKER’S OPERA – Touring by Daniel Perks

This cabaret-style show has energy, passion and emotion in spades. It’s not a slick production; it doesn’t shine with bells and whistles, or a complex, sharply written narrative with int…

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

WE ARE THE LIONS, MR MANAGER – Touring by Daniel Perks

Neil Gore’s retelling of this story is one equally full of passion and guts; one which honours and pays homage to a poignant moment in socialist history.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

THREE MOTHERS – Waterloo East Theatre by Daniel Perks

Three Mothers, each with three stories; three relationships with their children; three reflections on their sense of belonging, of home – more specifically, on migration.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

INSIGNIFICANCE – Arcola Theatre by Daniel Perks

Terry Johnson’s Insignificance didn’t happen, but it could have done, such is his attention to detail and understanding of the characters’ intrinsic behavioural patterns.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Review: Fishskin Trousers at the Park Theatre by Daniel Perks

"Kept separate by the chasm of the centuries": Daniel Perks reviews Elizabeth Kuti's trio of detached monologues set on the Suffolk Coast at Finsbury Park's Park Theatre. The post Review: Fi…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

TRYST – Tabard Theatre by Daniel Perks

Tryst: A private, romantic rendezvous between two lovers, conducted with no one else’s knowledge. Perhaps they wouldn’t approve, perhaps they would recognise the affair for what it is …

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Friday, October 13, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Hamza Mohsin and The Ends by Daniel Perks

Written and directed by Hamza Mohsin, The Ends features a cast and crew of emerging, culturally diverse artists from a working class background, the majority of whom have been plucked from w…

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ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS – Arcola by Daniel Perks

It all feels like a childish game, a competition as to who can impress the other the most. Joanne (Tessie Orange-Turner) is in charge, the alpha female that demands attention and uses playgr…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

31 HOURS – Bunker Theatre by Daniel Perks

Kieran Knowles’ insightful show focusses not on those who moan about the loss of life, but on those whose job it is to clean it up, remove all trace and get the railways up and running aga…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BIG FOOT – Touring by Daniel Perks

Joseph Barnes Phillips launches into a monologue with gusto, transitioning between numerous characters in a portrayal of love and loss on a personal level.

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Monday, October 9, 2017


Nick Lane’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Gothic tale is well suited to the stage – The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde is expanded to provide more substantia…

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

THE TOXIC AVENGER – Arts Theatre by Daniel Perks

The Toxic Avenger is certainly a stylised, kitsch, cult musical – takis’ set and costumes paint a vivid picture of a luminously dystopian New Jersey (or is it reality?), overrun with tox…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

B – Royal Court Theatre by Daniel Perks

It pauses awkwardly yet intentionally, peppered with sharp, monosyllabic grunts and statements of the obvious. The feeling is fresh and new, exactly the reputation that the Royal Court has g…

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Review: What Shadows at the Park Theatre by Daniel Perks

"A piece of eloquent controversy": Daniel Perks analyses the London transfer of What Shadows, Chris Hannan's kaleidoscopic interrogation of Enoch Powell. The post Review: What Shadows at the…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ghost-hunting with the West End cast of The Woman in Black by Daniel Perks

"When you get big school groups in, mass hysteria breaks out – they set each other off. It becomes a kind of white noise all the way through the show."

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Monday, September 25, 2017

FEVER PITCH – Union Chapel by Daniel Perks

Scott Stroman’s composition feels heavily influenced by Bernstein, particularly West Side Story. Indeed, Fever Pitch has a number of themes that coincide with the lovers Romeo & Julie…

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

THE REVLON GIRL – Park Theatre by Daniel Perks

The Revlon Girl opens with an evocative soundscape in pitch black, the audience experiencing an impending sense of doom as the slurry of colliery waste slides down the hill and buries part o…

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

The dark side of #Edfringe: Loneliness, lack of sleep & depression by Daniel Perks

It has been three weeks since I left the bubble that is Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 to return to the much larger bubble that is London. And ironically, the manic, fast-paced lifestyle of …

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

THE TEST – White Bear Theatre by Daniel Perks

As the ultimate experiment of the Turing Test, which examines whether a machine can exhibit behaviour indistinguishable from a human, The Test takes the concept of Artificial Intelligence to…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

THE KNOWLEDGE – Charing Cross Theatre by Daniel Perks

Jack Rosenthal and Simon Block’s script is a keen observation on how this ordeal takes over the lives of those trying to master it, in a time when knowledge of The Knowledge was at its pea…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

THE MAGIC FLUTE – Soho Theatre by Daniel Perks

To chop Mozart’s The Magic Flute down into two hours, with an interval; to translate it entirely into English; to set it in a modern-day nightclub-style setting, are all brave moves by Ope…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Mark Hadfield and Liz White by Daniel Perks

The recent production of Jim Cartwrwight’s Road at the Royal Court made for unmissible viewing – a blindingly relevant show that gives expression to the inhabitants of an unnamed northe…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

DOUBT – Southwark Playhouse by Daniel Perks

Five minutes into a combination of John Patrick Shanley’s purposeful script with Chè Walker’s acute eye and we are transported.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

DEADLINE DAY – Theatre N16 by Daniel Perks

It’s the end of the transfer window – Deadline Day. Tensions are running high as clubs, players and agents alike attempt to make the best of the opportunity to switch up their teams and …

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

HYEM – Theatre503 by Daniel Perks

Philip Correia’s Hyem is a haven for those who don’t belong, pre-judged by their inability to fit in. Mick (Patrick Driver) is one such individual, ostracised by his community because of…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

THRILL ME – Arcola Theatre by Daniel Perks

Thrill Me is an insight into the warped worlds of high-functioning psychopathy that draws from Nietzsche’s philosophical construct of supermen – the ultimate in human, transcendental arr…

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

OUTLAWS TO IN-LAWS – King’s Head Theatre by Daniel Perks

It’s a refreshing angle to chart the change in gay social progression over the last seven decades. From the 1950s, when homosexuality was a criminal offence, to the present day, when gay m…

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RICHARD III – Temple Church by Daniel Perks

Continuing in their “glorious summer of performances”, directors Ben Horslen and John Risebero bring Shakespeare’s historical play, Richard III, to Temple Church, London.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Review: Power Ballad, Summerhall by Daniel Perks

Julia Croft is a contemporary performance artist, first manipulating her own body in an effort to take hold of the microphone, then the sound of her voice to add emphasis on a distorted soun…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

MANWATCHING – #EdFringe by Daniel Perks

Mark Watson wanders onto the stage and picks up a totally unseen script by a totally unknown female writer. It’s coincidence that tonight’s comedian is Mark Watson – there’s a differ…

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