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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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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

For King and Country review at Colab Factory, London – ‘a compelling immersive experience’ by Dave Fargnoli

In an alternate 1940, King Edward VIII is on the throne, Nazi troops are advancing through Surrey, and the British government has

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Monday, March 19, 2018

This Restless State review at Ovalhouse, London – ‘an angsty monologue’ by Dave Fargnoli

In the wake of the Brexit vote, our political climate can feel fraught, uncertain, and downright bleak. Danielle Pearson’s time-hopping, multi-character monologue

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Broken Glass review at Watford Palace Theatre – ‘a resonant and urgent revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Feeling perhaps more chilling in the era of Twitter and Trump than it did at its 1994 debut, Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kindertransport review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘timely, but turgid’ by Dave Fargnoli

Harkening back to a vanished historical moment when Britain willing sheltered child refugees, Diane Samuels’ softly-spoken tragedy commemorates 80 years since the

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow review at Chickenshed, London – ‘affecting and ambitious’ by Dave Fargnoli

When Fleetwood Mac sang Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow, their tone was optimistic. Writer and Director Lou Stein, however, turns the title

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Checkpoint Chana review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a thoughtful character study’ by Dave Fargnoli

Accused of anti-Semitism, successful poet Bev unravels in the midst of a social media storm in Checkpoint Chana, a sharply relevant but

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Turn of the Screw at Mercury Theatre, Colchester – ‘deliciously atmospheric’ by Dave Fargnoli

Casting new light on the ambiguities central to Henry James’ influential literary ghost story, Tim Luscombe’s Turn of the Screw is intelligent,

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Up ‘n’ Under review at Canada Water Cultural Space, London – ‘a spirited revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Following the fortunes of a struggling amateur rugby club, John Godber’s 1984 underdog tale gets a playful and accessible treatment in Fingersmiths’

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Friday, February 9, 2018

The Drill review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘intriguing multimedia docudrama’ by Dave Fargnoli

Exploring the common anxieties underpinning contemporary life, The Drill is a smart, playful examination of the urge to over-prepare ourselves for future

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review: The Captive Queen at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Dave Fargnoli

Closures, consolidation, and restructuring: Dave Fargnoli reviews a re-fashioning of John Dryden's Aureng-zebe. The post Review: The Captive Queen at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse appeared fi…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Romeo and Juliet review at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford – ‘an atmospheric production’ by Dave Fargnoli

Raw, moving, and unashamedly melodramatic in parts, this stylish production of Romeo and Juliet from director Charlotte Conquest conveys all the play’s

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Booby’s Bay review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a promising debut’ by Dave Fargnoli

Taking its title from a well known beauty spot on the Cornish coastline, Booby’s Bay is a bleakly comic character study infused

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