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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Trench review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘visually stunning, vividly realised’ by Dave Fargnoli

Beneath the war-torn fields of France, a desperate soldier becomes trapped in the mythic labyrinth of The Trench in this dark, compelling

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Summit review at Shoreditch Town Hall, London – ‘an exploration of the limits of language’ by Dave Fargnoli

Exploring the limitations of language and the vacuity of political discourse, Summit imagines an unlikely, optimistic butterfly effect which begins when international

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Maydays review at the Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘an assured revival of David Edgar’s play’ by Dave Fargnoli

Sprawling, cerebral, and at times unflinching in its dissection of radicalism at both ends of the political spectrum, Maydays tells an epic,

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Friday, September 28, 2018

A Kettle of Fish review at Yard Theatre, London – ‘a muddled multi-media staging’ by Dave Fargnoli

Stuck on an international flight when she learns that her life has been spectacularly derailed, data analyst Lisa grapples with overwhelming feelings

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Rebus: Long Shadows review at Birmingham Repertory Theatre – ‘pensive, plodding police drama’ by Dave Fargnoli

Chafing against retirement and a lingering alcohol problem, Ian Rankin’s maverick detective John Rebus cracks open a cold case in this latest

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Trial by Laughter review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s courtroom comedy’ by Dave Fargnoli

With our current crop of world leaders often seemingly beyond parody, Trial by Laughter is a timely reminder that political incompetence, corruption,

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tartuffe review at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘bold, contemporary adaptation’ by Dave Fargnoli

Opening with a bone-rattling blast of Black Sabbath, it’s clear from the outset that the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new adaptation of Moliere’s

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Midnight review at the Union Theatre, London – ‘energetically staged musical with smart design’ by Dave Fargnoli

Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, 1937, a couple surviving tenuously in the Soviet Union are visited by the devil in

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

An Adventure review at Bush Theatre, London – ‘tender, lyrical study of migration and upheaval’ by Dave Fargnoli

Charting the shared journey of a newly married couple from 1950s India to present-day Britain, An Adventure is a sprawling, impressionistic study

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Gastronomic review at Theatre Royal Norwich – ‘a vivid, multisensory experience’ by Dave Fargnoli

The unpleasant feeling of chewing while wearing headphones does little to detract from the immersive, experiential quality of genre-blurring multimedia piece Gastronomic.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Abi review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘a vivid performance’ by Dave Fargnoli

Commissioned as a companion piece to Mike Leigh’s acerbic drama Abigail’s Party – a remount of which runs alongside this production at

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Abigail’s Party review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘an uneven revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

As a 1977 Play for Today, Mike Leigh’s waspish comedy-drama Abigail’s Party became an impactful and influential examination of the suburban underbelly.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four review at Apollo, London – ‘daft, dirty, and gleefully puerile’ by Dave Fargnoli

The fourth instalment of Birmingham Stage Company’s long running sketch show based on the delightfully nasty children’s franchise, Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Babe, the Sheep-Pig review at Mercury Theatre, Colchester – ‘bright and boisterous’ by Dave Fargnoli

Based on Dick King-Smith’s beloved children’s book, the story of bright, polite and ambitious piglet Babe, the Sheep-Pig, is given a creaky

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Reading Gaol review at Styx, London – ‘ambitious but unfocused’ by Dave Fargnoli

Weaving five starkly different stories into the text of Oscar Wilde’s haunting ballad, Reading Gaol is an ambitious but often unfocused exploration

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Polstead review at the Undercroft, Peterborough – ‘passion and sensitivity’ by Dave Fargnoli

Shot, strangled, bludgeoned, and buried under a barn in men’s clothes, Maria Marten’s murder was one of the 19th century’s most infamous.

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The Meeting review at Minerva Theatre, Chichester – ‘quiet intensity and emotional depth’ by Dave Fargnoli

Exploring the echoingly empty gulfs between intimacy and isolation, between yearning for truth and the need to keep some secrets unspoken, Charlotte

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Love’s Labour’s Lost review at University of Law Gardens, Guildford – ‘affectionate and accessible’ by Dave Fargnoli

Balancing warmth, wit, and a large dose of the ridiculous, Guildford Shakespeare Company’s Love’s Labour’s Lost manages to be both moving and

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Fat Jewels review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘powerful new writing’ by Dave Fargnoli

Quietly horrifying and laced with bitterly black comedy, Fat Jewels is a moody, miserable study of psychosexual abuse. Set in one room

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Monday, July 2, 2018

At Home in Gaza and London review at Battersea Arts Centre – ‘a bold theatrical experiment’ by Dave Fargnoli

Flawed, stalling, but occasionally extraordinary, At Home in Gaza and London is an ambitious multimedia piece combining simultaneous performances in the UK

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2018 review – ‘a sense of dynamism’ by Dave Fargnoli

There’s a real sense of dynamism built into this year’s Greenwich and Docklands International Festival programme, which spreads its line-up of eclectic

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Robin Hood review at Rack’s Close, Guildford – ‘a spirited cast’ by Dave Fargnoli

In a secluded copse of trees, Guildford Shakespeare Company have created a miniature Sherwood Forest, decorated with wanted posters and draped with

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Monday, June 18, 2018

The Little Pony review at Cervantes Theatre, London – ‘an impassioned anti-bullying drama’ by Dave Fargnoli

Inspired by recent high-profile bullying cases, The Little Pony revolves around 10 year old Timmy, whose talismanic attachment to a pink backpack

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Trying It On review at Birmingham Repertory Theatre – ‘energised with humour and humility’ by Dave Fargnoli

After a writing career spanning 50 years, celebrated playwright David Edgar makes his professional debut as a performer in a measured and

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Monday, June 11, 2018

The Unbuilt City review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘earnest and unsubtle’ by Dave Fargnoli

Ironically for a play about unrealised potential, The Unbuilt City never really gets off the ground. Written by New York native Keith

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Phobiarama review at West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross, London – ‘strikingly unusual performance piece’ by Dave Fargnoli

Part-ghost train, part-art installation, Phobiarama is a strikingly unusual performance piece which sees its audience trundling around a sterile white environment in

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Europe After the Rain review at Mercury Theatre, Colchester – ‘a highly promising debut’ by Dave Fargnoli

Winner of the 2017 Mercury Playwriting Prize, Europe After the Rain is the first full length play from author Oliver Bennett, a

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Friday, May 25, 2018

One Minute review at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘a slick revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Reviving prolific playwright Simon Stephens’ flawed, elegiac 2003 drama One Minute in the age of social media, Iwan Lewis’ stylish but insubstantial

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘a playful production’ by Dave Fargnoli

Fizzing with humour, charm, and just a touch of chaos, Paul Hart’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a particularly light and delightful

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Suicide Notes review at Shoreditch Town Hall, London – ‘intimate, intense, electrifying’ by Dave Fargnoli

Sex, death, and grubbily nostalgic Americana slosh together in all of Christopher Brett Bailey’s work. Suicide Notes, touring in support of a

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Friday, April 27, 2018

The Swallow review at Cervantes Theatre, London – ‘intensely poignant by Dave Fargnoli

Written in response to the Orlando nightclub shooting, Guillem Clua’s The Swallow is a slow burning, occasionally shattering play about the unspoken

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